A POKER tournament at a town centre pub ended in a brawl with two players hurling cups and snooker balls, it has been alleged.

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The poker tournament was being held at the Drum and Monkey pub and five players were at the table shortly after midnight when one of the players allegedly accused one of the others of being a bully, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Before the court yesterday were Ronald Mauge, 44, of Aston Close, Ipswich, and David Carter, 35, of California Road, Mistley, who have both denied affray in November 2011.

Mauge told police that during the poker tournament Carter had called him a bully. He claimed he was assaulted with a glass and had an injury to his head.

He accepted picking up a pool cue and throwing snooker balls at Carter.

Carter told police Mauge had “started on” the person next to him and he had got up to leave because he didn’t want to play with a bully.

He claimed that during the fighting Mauge had tried to pull out his eyes and bite him but accepted he had picked up items and thrown them at Mauge.

The trial continues today.

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