‘A night of surprises’: Bedlington factory worker pays off parents’ mortgage after £70k Newcastle casino win

The 29-year-old couldn’t believe his luck as he stumbled on winning a national jackpot

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A recent day out in Newcastle proved one to remember for a Bedlington factory worker who went home a whopping £70,500 richer.

Scot Turner had enjoyed some low-level success on the local pub poker circuit but took home a huge jackpot at Grosvenor Casino in the city centre in February.

The 29-year-old hit four queens but was beaten by an even stronger hand when Rob Whitehouse, a 59-year-old plasterer from Tyneside, landed the second-highest hand possible with a Straight Flush.

The Bedlington man couldn't believe the unfolding of events, but wasn't disappointed for long as Rob realised the pair may be in with a chance to hit the National Bad Beat Jackpot.

The pair’s luck was in as they each took home a share of the overall £106,000 national pot.

Scot took home over £70,000 and plans to celebrate with his family by generously paying off his parent’s mortgage.

Speaking about his win, Scot, said: “I’ve been playing poker for a long time, even teaching it at my local pub The White House in Ashington.

"When I saw that I’d lost to a straight flush I couldn’t believe it, I was sure that my four queens were going to come out on top.

"Much like the game of poker, the night was full of surprises!

“After the initial celebration I reached out to my family to tell them the news and that I had decided to use the winnings to pay off the rest of my parent’s mortgage.

"I feel so proud to be able to give back to them after everything they have done for me.”

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Scot Turner and Rob Whitehouse win big

Rob Whitehouse was given a share of the jackpot after playing his part, winning over £35,000.

He said: “I am making plans to retire in a few years, so this win certainly helped me in moving that process along.

"I will be using some of the money as a gift to kids and grandkids as well as going on holiday.”

The National Bad Beat Jackpot is a nationwide promotion from Grosvenor Casinos that can be won by players taking part in cash poker games in venues across the country.

Four Aces is the hand that is chosen for the first week and should a player get that hand but be beaten by a better hand, the jackpot is hit.

Wayne Sheekey, General Manager at Grosvenor Casino Newcastle, said: “We were thrilled that the National Bad Beat Jackpot was hit in our casino, and we were able to give two local winners a night they will always remember.

"The team here enjoyed celebrating with them both and wish them more of the same in the future!”