Ex-Spurs Defender Anthony Gardner Wins Dusk Till Dawn’s £100K GTD

Anthony Gardner, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday, scored his first poker win recently inside Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn.

Anthony Gardner wins at Dusk Till Dawn.

Ex-footballer Anthony Gardner scores his first win at the felt after winning Dusk Till Dawn’s £100,000 guarantee. (Image: telegraph.co.uk/ Getty Images)

The former professional footballer, who made a single appearance for England, has become an avid poker player since retiring from football in 2014.

Although his Hendon Mob record stretches back to 2012, Gardner has stepped up his game over the last three years.

As his Twitter timeline shows, Gardner is now winning online satellites to events like PokerStars Caribbean Adventure while taking part in local events such as the Genting Poker Series.

With his confidence starting to grow, Gardner recently found himself gunning for glory in Dusk Till Dawn’s £100,000 weekend event.

Novice Overcomes the Pros

Costing £220, the No Limit Hold’em tournament is one of the club’s popular events and the March 25 event saw 453 players line-up for a shot at the £20,000+ top prize. When the field started to thin and recognisable names like Ben Vinson, Paul Jackson and Sunil Mistri had fallen by the wayside, it was Gardner who took control.

By the time the tournament had just two players left, Gardner was able to outpace Alan Summers and clinch his first live tournament win. In fact, when the chips had fallen and Gardner had posed for photos, he was able to collect his £20,550 prize as well as a £5,300 seat for the partypoker MILLIONS Main Event at Dusk Till Dawn.

Bookies Should Have ID Cards

In other UK gambling news this week, a new report by Chrysalis Research has suggested that ID cards are one of the only ways operators can curb the risks associated with Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

Although the government is currently debating measures that would reduce the maximum possible bets on FOBTs, Chrysalis Research asked betting shops managers their thoughts on the issue. After reviewing the answers given, the research group surmised that the current self-exclusion system isn’t adequate because it relies on staff recognising those that are excluded.

“There are challenges in upholding 100 per cent of exclusions in the current scheme format, which cannot be overcome unless there are significant changes to the systems used by operators,” reads the report.

Based on this, electronic ID cards, similar to ones used by some UK casinos, have been floated as an idea. At this stage, there are no provisions to implement such a system. However, given the continued backlash against FOBTs, it could be something both operators and the government consider in the future.

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