Snooker ace takes Challenge

Irishman Ken Doherty claimed bragging rights for snooker players the world over last week, besting all-stars from six rival sports to take the No-Limit Hold'em championship at the Sports Stars Challenge.

Football, rugby, cricket, boxing, darts and snooker were all represented in the field, and the world's top ranked snooker player proved he could play the angles on the poker table as well, taking £20,000 for his efforts.

He had to scrape his way through a tough snooker heat to begin with - one that included Steve Davis, who had some measured success at the 2006 World Series of Poker - before hitting the final table with the top finisher from each of the other sports.

Included among them were ex-England football player Ray Parlour, British cricket star Robert Key, and the greatest darts player of all time, Phil "The Power" Taylor, but Doherty persevered for the title, finally knocking out Key with a pair of jacks.

And no one was more surprised than Doherty himself, admitting after the fact he hadn't expected to last long.

"At the beginning of the week," he said, "I didn't really think I had much of a chance. In fact I had to go out and buy some new clothes because I had not brought a change as I didn't think I would get this far.

"I am really over the moon to have won."

The tournament will be aired in the U.K. later this year, with added commentary from Jesse May and Steve Davis.

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