‘Queen of Poker’ in car death

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

WAITROSE’S fes­tive TV ad­vert will fea­ture drinkers snowed in at Bri­tain’s high­est pub, above.

The store “aims to re­con­nect peo­ple with the emo­tions of Christ­mas” by telling the story of vil­lagers trapped at 1,732ft dur­ing a snow­storm.

Filmed in black and white, the ad shows lo­cals un­ex­pect­edly forced to spend Christ­mas lunch to­gether af­ter gath­er­ing for a morn­ing drink at the Tan Hill Inn.

The 17th cen­tury pub near Richmond in the York­shire Dales has seen drinkers snowed in around 50 times since 2005.

In 2016 chart-top­ping band Scouting For Girls and 200 of their fans were left stranded dur­ing a snow­storm at a char­ity gig.

The ad screens for the first time tonight dur­ing The X Fac­tor on ITV. A POKER star has been killed in a hor­ror car crash in the Czech Repub­lic.

Emma Fryer, known as the “Queen of Poker”, was pre­par­ing to play in the World Se­ries of Poker Europe Tour­na­ment when tragedy struck.

Mother-of-two Emma, who had just learned she was set to be­come a grand­mother, was a pas­sen­ger when the ve­hi­cle hit a con­crete post en route to the pres­ti­gious event in Roz­vadov.

It is be­lieved the driver was fol­low­ing the sat-nav in fog and ap­proached a round­about which was not shown on the map be­fore smash­ing into a pil­lar at speed.

Emma died in­stantly, while the driver, who was a friend of the de­ceased, re­mains in hospi­tal.

Emma, 42, from Al­sager, Cheshire, had ca­reer earn­ings of £75,000 and was about to gam­ble on fol­low­ing her dream of be­com­ing a full-time poker player by giv­ing up her job at Bet365.

Her death has dev­as­tated her fam­ily who are now wait­ing for her body to be brought home.

Mum Sheila War­ing, 60, said: “Ev­ery­thing was go­ing so well for her. She was the hap­pi­est she had ever been.”

Emma’s sis­ter Liz Carter, 32, said: “There was no fault on the part of the driver. It was just a tragic ac­ci­dent.”


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