June 22, 2022

Chiseldon poker player wins Las Vegas vacation – with chance to hit £ 25,000 jackpot

THE secret to winning a week in Las Vegas with a chance to win £ 25,000? Strong poker heads and a bit of luck.

An amateur poker player who has faced the Southwest’s best card sharks will fly to the United States with his wife next year after beating 106 contestants.

Greg Winters has been playing at the village sports and social club with friends for just over a year, then he and three others competed in a regional tournament.

The top four in the Redtooth Poker League from each region gathered at a Bristol casino earlier this month. Slowly but surely the tables cleared up as the top players folded, but the 71-year-old managed to secure the winning hand.

He added: “I thought I had no luck, this was my first time in a casino and I never dreamed of going this far, let alone winning. My friends were knocked out at 2:30 p.m. and I said ‘I’ll join you anytime now’, but I stayed six more hours.

“I surprised myself – I didn’t sweat or worry, kept a straight face and didn’t even look at my opponent at the last table. He moved all-in on his last hand and I had two. As.

“I hit the air, everyone clapped, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t sleep that night, I was buzzing, it doesn’t feel real. At my age, I thought I would never go anywhere like Vegas, although I always wanted to.

“I don’t know what I’m doing half the time but everything went well so luck was definitely on my side.”

The championship was webcast live and thousands of people watched Greg triumph, including his friends and family. His phone was filled with hundreds of encouraging messages and enthusiastic congratulations when he won.

Greg and Lynn will fly to the Sunset Strip in May after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in March and Lynn’s 70th birthday in April. A day of their trip will be spent in a casino while Greg plays against other regional champions for a chance to win £ 25,000.

Lynn added: “He said he would try to work his way through this. I had butterflies in my stomach and I turned away when he got to the last table. My daughter sent me one. text when he won I said “Wow! “he was amazing.”

Greg placed in the top four in a previous three-month league, but was unable to enter the London stadium as he forgot to bring ID. Fortunately, he didn’t make the same mistake the next time around. A new league has started and new players are welcome to join the club.