Retired Soccer Star Wins GUKPT Grand Final

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Former striker Tony Cascarino scored a first place finish at the 2009 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final in London this week.

Cascarino outlasted 182 players including Michael Greco, Vicky Coren and Marc Goodwin before making it to heads-up against French player Antoine Arnault.

Cascarino then beat Arnault in a long, drawn-out, heads-up battle to claim the first place prize of £168,800.

“Getting respect from your peers and being acknowledged for being good at whatever you do with your life means a lot to me,” said Cascarino. “I think I have proved myself now.”

This is the not the first time Cascarino has found success playing in the GUKPT. In 2008 Cascarino won the Bolton leg of the GUKPT for £52,850.

As a pro soccer player Cascarino played for the national Republic of Ireland team scoring 19 goals in 88 international appearances from 1985-1999. He also had impressive years for club teams Aston Villa, Celtic, Chelsea and Olympique de Marseille.

Cascarino went through a very public divorce this year and he made a not-so-subtle reference to his ex-wife in interviews following his big win.

 “I got divorced earlier in the year and I’m delighted she won’t be getting her hands on any of this,” he said. “She’s already had enough of me.”

The third season of the GUKPT is nearly complete with only the Champion of Champions yet to be played in Luton this weekend. The tour has already released a schedule for their 2010 season, which can be found on the organization’s website.

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