It is a well known fact that footballers enjoy a game of poker, but it looks as if ex-Manchester United and England hero Teddy Sheringham might well follow in the boots of his former Millwall FC strike partner Tony Cascarino by winning the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final in London this weekend.
The 45-year-old secured a massive double-up close to the end of Day 1a of the £2,500+£125 ($3,917/€2,908+$196/€145) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em main event in Britain’s capital city to sit in fourth place on 101,300 in chips at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino.
In the small blind, Sheringham – who won 51 caps for England between 1993 and 2002 – moved all-in for 40,000 after Trevor Rearden, on the button, had made it 2,500.
The action came back around to Rearden and, with Sheringham looking nervous, he called to show pocket tens. However, the former soccer star had jacks to double-up to 80,000 as the end of the night approached.
Just 31 players survived the opening flight from an entry of 75, although organisers will be hoping for more today in an event that comes to a conclusion on Sunday.
The leader after Day 1a is Germany’s Fabian Quoss on 179,900, and he is followed by Englishman Mark Norman in second place on 143,800 and Andrey Dimitrov, who ended the opening day on 121,300.
Also making it into tomorrow’s Day 2 are players such as Neil Channing (in 25th on 28,800), Warren Wooldridge (24th on 29,300), Daniel Rudd (15th on 53,900) and Alan McLean (ninth on 74,400).
However, there were also some big-name casualties on Day 1a, including Barny Boatman and Vicky Coren.
Day 1B should be thrilling as railbirds will have the chance to see the likes of World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event November Niner Sam Holden, Triple Crown holder Jake Cody, Rupert Elder, Ross Boatman, Praz Bansi and David Vamplew in action among the 114 starters.
Top 10 placings and Chip Counts GUKPT Grand Final Day 1a
1. Fabian Quoss (Germany) – 179,900
2. Mark Norman (UK) – 143,800
3. Andrey Dimitrov (UK) – 121,300
4. Teddy Sheringham (UK) – 101,300
5. Ed Roger (UK) – 100,800
6. Alex Elias (UK) – 97,000
7. Steve Warburton (UK) – 95,600
8. James Morris (UK) – 85,000
9. Alan McLean (UK) – 74,400
10. Daniel Laming (UK) – 71,700