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UK Poker Veteran ‘Mad’ Marty Wilson Dies At Age 62

Former Card Player Europe Columnist, Tournament Director, And Industry Veteran Passes Away

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'Mad' Marty WilsonUK poker legend Martyn Wilson, known to all as ‘Mad’ Marty, has died at age 62.

Wilson, who wrote a monthly column for Card Player Europe magazine, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year.

The Wolverhampton-born gambler was known to poker fans throughout the UK and Ireland for his work on televised poker events during the poker boom as a tournament director and also occasional player.

He rose to fame in the late ‘90s as one of the stars of Late Night Poker, the atmospheric and influential Channel 4 show often credited with helping kick-start the poker boom in UK and Ireland.

His friend and colleague at Card Player Europe, Padraig Parkinson broke the news on Saturday to the wider poker community via Twitter:

More tributes poured in.

Wilson, a regular visitor to Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker, also worked as a host for online poker sites and was a tireless fundraiser for Poker For The Homeless among other regular charitable work for his local community in Bridgnorth.

Although his tournament winnings amounted to just shy of $500,000, in true ‘Mad’ Marty fashion, he claimed to have won over $4 million at the poker tables during his career.

Wilson is survived by his partner of 25 years Katherine and extended family.