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Hundreds Mourn Death of UK’s ‘Queen of Poker’

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Posted on 08 December 2017 by "T".

Emma Fryer was called the British "Queen of Poker" by friends and players who knew her well. The 42-year old player died instantly in a car crash in the Czech Republic. More than 200 mourners have filled ChristChurch in Alsager to capacity, requiring some well-wishers to stand outside for the morning service.

The mother of two encountered a fatal crash while on her way to WSOPE in the Czech Republic, leading to the tragic end of a poker career that was just starting to flourish, especially after securing a backer that will allow her to play poker professionally.

A faulty satellite navigation system along with dense fog resulted in limited visibility, preventing her driver from seeing the roundabout that was ahead. In the end, it was a concrete post that ended her life's journey prematurely. She was a passenger in the car that was being driven by a friend.

A poetic tribute was recited by her good friend and fellow local poker player Darren Sutton during the service.

"Hours talking poker,
with her raking it all in;
absorbing information,
that later helped her win.
Always very happy,
and extremely polite;
an attitude she carried,
through the long poker night.
She was gentle and caring,
and one of a kind;
she was that one-in-a-million,
that are so hard to find.
Always on hand,
to help other folks;
I adored her so much,
because she even laughed at my jokes.
She was one,
of the poker scene;
but to all of us in Stoke-on-Trent,
she was our poker queen."

Following the service, Darren added, "It is a real tragedy. Emma was an Alsager girl and I have known her for many years.

"I was playing in a poker tournament when I heard about her death and I just got up and left. This was a fitting send-off and I knew there would be a massive turnout for her."

Friend John Brassington said, "The funeral was a fitting tribute. I have known Emma for many years and she was a good girl. I have never known someone with so much to live for. It is the family I feel for."

Just a month prior to her fatal accident, Emma won her biggest ever payout of $63,000 for finishing 3rd place in a Dusk Til Dawn £1k buy-in tournament, and then won again a week later an amount of $10,000 for getting 2nd place in a 2017 Genting Mini Series in Sheffield.

Emma worked within the gaming industry for several years as a Poker & Casino VIP Manager at the leading UK website, Bet365. She planned on resigning soon so she could concentrate on her poker career, especially that her recent results and winnings had enabled her to find a backer for bigger tournaments and make poker her main profession.

Emma leaves behind her long-term partner Gary Morris and two daughters, Gemma (age 20) and Jessica (age 18). She is also going to be a grandma soon as one of her daughters has married recently and is expecting to have a baby.



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7 comments on "Hundreds Mourn Death of UK’s ‘Queen of Poker’"

 doubletop77708/12/2017 09:24:25 GMT
What a sad sad story and my thoughts and condolences go out to her friends and family. Emma Fryer was a terrific poker player and she will be fondly remembered by all
 pochui08/12/2017 14:14:02 GMT
well yeah this is a sad ending to what might have been a fantastic success story on the poker tables. not to mention that she has left two daughters and her partner is such a shocked state of mind. life is cruel sometimes.
 DaCapo7108/12/2017 15:21:04 GMT
What a bad new in the christmas time. Normally it was a shock for all people and i think it was better thaqt they cancelled this tourney. Or they offer a charity tourney for Emma Fryer, i think this was a good idea to remember for her in the next years.
 Gerimantas08/12/2017 19:34:02 GMT
Yes beey sad to read this story, such things can happens to any person and this is life, sometimes you just go to street and brick can fall on your head and you are in other world, sometimes drunk driver can hit anuone who is walking in crossing, so this is the sad reality. Of course very bad news for her family
 Mober08/12/2017 21:45:06 GMT
Always sad when such things happen.
She was far from her family also, which will make it even more difficult for their family.
Accidents with vehicles killing a ton of people all over the world.
Several measures have been taken in many countries, car safety is way better than it used to be,
and yet...
 Tony_MON7ANA08/12/2017 21:48:23 GMT
This was a tragic accident. She was just 42 years old. Too young to die. Condolences to the bereaved family and friends. Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace.
 CALICUL09/12/2017 08:03:09 GMT
I have never understood idiots who drive faster when visibility is reduced due to fog. Are so rushed that they forget that there are other cars on the road. Many accidents due to lack of attention to driving under reduced visibility and so people die. Now the family of this woman goes through a drama. Condolences for his family. Sad

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