An amateur poker player dubbed the ‘Queen of Poker’ has been killed in a horror car crash.
Emma Fryer, 42, died when her friend drove into a concrete post in heavy fog after their satnav failed to register a roundabout in the Czech Republic on Saturday night.
The mother of two from Alsager, Cheshire, was in the country for Sunday’s World Series Europe tournament in Rozvadov where the prize money is 10million euros.
The British ‘Queen of Poker’ has been killed in car crash when her sat nav failed in heavy fog
Fryer leaves her partner Gary Morris (pictured) and her two children Gemma, 20 and Jessica, 18
Her mother Sheila Waring told the Stoke Sentinal: ‘It was such a shock, it still feels surreal. Everything was going so well for her, she was the happiest she had ever been.’
Fryer’s sister Liz Carter, 32, said: ‘There was no fault on the part of the driver. It was just a tragic accident.
‘Emma was so sociable. If you met her once you would remember her. She was so caring and thoughtful and she doted on her nieces and nephews. She was never still – she was always doing something.’
Fryer, who had success at recent poker tournament in Sheffield and Nottingham, was planning to leave her job at Bet365 to become a professional poker player.
She leaves her partner Gary Morris and her two children Gemma, 20 and Jessica, 18.
Gemma, who has just got married, said of her mother: ‘All she ever wanted was for me and Jess to get married and have children.
‘She loved kids and was over-the-moon that she was going to be a granny. She would have spoilt the baby rotten.
‘For the past 12 to 18 months she had been going to church and had recently been confirmed. Her life was perfect.
‘It’s so tragic that she was taken away from us at this time but as a family we take comfort from the fact that she was living her dreams and she was so happy.’
The driver is in hospital in the Czech Republic. Fryer’s body will be returned to the UK on 15 November.
Tributes to Ms Fryer are left at her local church in Alsager, Cheshire