A tragic end to a gifted poker player: Emma Fryer, known as the Queen of Poker in Britain, was killed in a car crash in the Czech Republic on Saturday night. The 42 year old was just hours away from competing in her first World Poker Series tournament in the Czech Republic, when the car in which she was a passenger crashed into a concrete post. The driver’s satnav failed to register a roundabout on the road and the roundabout wasn’t visible to the eye due to particularly heavy fog.
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Fryer, a mother of two, was excited about her very first professional poker tournament, and she had plans to quit her full time job at Bet365 where she worked as a VIP account manager, to follow her dreams of becoming a pro player if she did well at the World Series of Poker. She had career earnings of £75,000. Last month, Fryer took part in the Dawn till Dusk 1000 and managed to bank over £47,000. She was planning to take part in the €10,000 Main Event in the WSOP event in Rozvadov.
Across the world of poker, expressions of sorrow poured in on social media. The news first broke when a message appeared on English poker pro, Matt Davenport’s Facebook page, where he wrote: “RIP Emma Fryer. Can’t believe I’m writing that after chatting to her last night. She was so looking forward to playing in the biggest tourney of her life today. The rest of this trip is going to be a very somber one indeed.”
Also sending condolences was Unibet’s Daiva Byrne who wrote: “My heart breaks to hear the tragic news regarding Emma Fryer. She was such a wonderful person and an amazing player.”
Emma Fryer leaves behind her partner Gary Morris and two grown daughters, Jess and Gemma.
RIP Emma Fryer