Ashton’s first prize in poker tournament

Ashton Clayton, who won the second Brian Rennard Trophy at the Opera House Casino
Ashton Clayton, who won the second Brian Rennard Trophy at the Opera House Casino
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A POKER tournament in honour of former Scarborough cricket captain Brian Rennard has been hailed as the most successful in the Opera House Casino’s history.

Ashton Clayton, of Bridlington, walked away with first prize of a 47 inch HD plasma TV, the Rennard Trophy and a hefty share of the £5,500 prize pool.

He beat 80 entrants to win the tournament, which has become an annual event and is now in its second year.

Craig Bateman, gaming general manager at the casino, said: “It’s the highest number of participants we’ve ever had for a tournament. We had to get more tables to seat everyone.

“It’s a great tribute to Brian and the high turnout is testament to his popularity.”

Mr Rennard passed away at the age of 58 after he collapsed following a cricket match in 2009.

He was one of Scarborough’s most decorated performers, playing in the team which won the National Knockout Tournament at Lords in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The owners of the Opera House Casino decided to start a tournament in Brian’s memory due to his love of poker.