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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


'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.