POKER fans are showing their hand in aid of Ardgowan Hospice by putting on a fundraising tournament in Greenock this weekend.

Port Glasgow man Jamie Bachoo is organising the ace event in Cathcart Street pub Lithgows on Sunday afternoon with the help of bar boss Mark Kerr.

Money from players' 'buy-in' to the game will be donated to the hospice and Mark has also generously offered to contribute 10 per cent of his takings on the day to the charity and a £40 hamper for the raffle.

Jamie told the Tele: "When I was younger, my gran was in the hospice so it's close to my heart.

"I've always wanted to do something for the charity but I've never had an opportunity to do something properly.

"We have a poker night in Lithgows every Monday and a few of the boys have relationships with the hospice for a variety of reasons and a few have organised fundraisers in the past as well.

"Mark couldn't have been any better in allowing us to run this fundraiser. He bends over backwards for us."

The pub boss is a supporter of the Greenock charity and was more than help to help Jamie and his poker pals, who play in the Bobo and the Jack 7s League - named after a late friend of theirs and his favourite hand.

Mark said: "I always have Ardgowan Hospice tins on the bar and if people are looking to charge their phones behind the bar, that's fine as long as they make a donation.

"If I can do anything to help that's what I'll do.

"It's important to give something back to the community."

Jamie, 30, has been playing poker since he was 18 after seeing the game on TV and regularly competes in tournaments for prize money.

Last year, he and 11 others from the Greenock card club went to Dublin for a competition and three of them made the return trip earlier this year.

But he says the event is for players of all abilities.

Jamie said: "It's a really good game and great for beginners as well. "We run through everything. Everyone is really patient with people.

"Everything will be set up so people can just come in and enjoy it."

Jamie and co will kick things off by adding £100 to the prize pool.

The buy-in for players costs £11 with £8 going to the prize pot and £3 to the hospice.

It be no-limit Texas hold'em with a joker in each deck.

Registration is from noon with the game starting at 1pm.

There will also be a raffle, bake sale and some other fun and games.

The event itself runs throughout the afternoon and entertainment will follow in the evening.