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Pokergran: Crochet fan sees off high rollers at Vegas clash

She’s hooked: Shirley Marshall PICTURE: BPM MEDIA

CROCHET loving grandmother Shirley Marshall took a break from counting stitches to hold her own against some of the best poker players in the world.

The 62-year-old, whose biggest card win has been £23.50, found herself at the table for the World Series of Poker tournament at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Mrs Marshall, who won the trip after a £2 game on, lasted longer than last year’s winner, the American Qui Nguyen, and bowed out on the second day. The tournament, which has a first prize of about £6.1million, attracts more than 7,200 ‘Hold ‘Em’ players.

The former Birmingham city council worker said she found it ‘overwhelming’ at first, but added: ‘I had it in my mind to settle down on my table, relax and take in the atmosphere.’

Describing the clicking of poker chips as ‘like walking into a room full of crickets’, she added: ‘My aim was not to be the first out on my table — and I wasn’t. I gave a huge sigh of relief.

‘But I never expected to still be there after 12 hours of play. I was absolutely thrilled to make it to day two.’