TV presenter wins Sports Stars Challenge

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Stars from the realms of soccer, darts, rugby and more came together this week for the PartyPoker Sports Stars Challenge III. However, it was the skills of TV presenter Kara Scott that prevailed at the poker felt.

"This is just simply fantastic," said Scott. "I did fancy my chances at the final table but knew there would be some tough opponents."

Joining Scott at the final table after winning heats against fellow athletes and sports personalities were darts sensation Wayne Mardle, snooker legend Steve Davis, former England cricket seamer Gladstone Small, Wakefield rugby league hooker Brad Drew and Manchester United football legend Norman Whiteside.

"Steve Davis had to be the favourite at the start, and I'm just so happy that I came out on top in my skirmishes with him," Scott said. "I've played with him a number of times before, and he's always won. Early in the heat, I was sure he was pushing me around, so I knew I had to get more aggressive, and it worked."


Scott is a poker and kickboxing television presenter. She is originally from northern Alberta, Canada, and moved to the United Kingdom in 1999.

For first place in the PartyPoker event, she received £20,000 - plenty of cash to play a little more poker herself along with presenting the game on TV.

"I'm going to use the money as a bankroll," she said. "But, I will also buy a few pairs of shoes."

The final table finished as follows:

Place Name Prize
1st Kara Scott £20,000
2nd Norman Whiteside £10,000
3rd Gladstone Small £5,000
4th Steve Davis  
5th Brad Drew  
6th Wayne Mardle  

Scott's win marks the first time a woman has appeared at the final table of the PartyPoker Sports Stars Challenge as well as the first time a woman has won.

"Kara's reputation on the poker scene continues to rise and rise; she's on a bit of a roll. Last year, she made the final table of the Women's World Open and impressed there with her aggressive game," said a PartyPoker spokesman. "It's obvious that this win means a lot to her, and she deserves it."

The event played out at 3 Mills Studios, in London, where it was organized and filmed for television by Matchroom Sport. It featured 36 players including tables for soccer players, cricketers, presenters, snooker players, rugby players and darts players.

Last year's winner was snooker champion Ken Doherty, while in 2006 former England rugby union international Austin Healey emerged triumphant. Coverage of the event will be aired in the United Kingdom later this year on Sky Sports and distributed internationally.

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