POKER: Charlton bidding for national glory

Poker faces: From left ' Paul Shaw, Dean Mackman, Kay Pell, Charlotte Roberts-Fogarty, Auran Lyonheart, John Mackenzie, Lisa Dickinson, John Charlton and Alan Avison. Photo: SG270111-77MD (MIKE DAVISON)
Poker faces: From left ' Paul Shaw, Dean Mackman, Kay Pell, Charlotte Roberts-Fogarty, Auran Lyonheart, John Mackenzie, Lisa Dickinson, John Charlton and Alan Avison. Photo: SG270111-77MD (MIKE DAVISON)
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A JOURNEY that started in the Birds pub in Spalding has seen John Charlton book a place in the finals of the Redtooth National Poker Championships.

Charlton claimed sixth place out of 240 players in the regional championships to book a place at the table at the Dusk Till Dawn Casino on March 27.

He gained automatic qualification to the regional finals after finishing second in the Redtooth Poker League - which was held at the Birds.

Alan Avison and Charlotte Roberts-Fogarty also made it to the regionals, finishing a respectable 83rd and 119th respectively.