August 14, 2022

World Series of Poker Main Event: Yorkshire poker player Mathew Huby rubs shoulders with the stars

Mathew Huby qualified for the $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event after coming out on top in the online Let’s Play Poker Live (LPPL) league, which operates regional poker leagues across the country and in online alongside partypoker.

The truck driver, from Morley, said he wouldn’t think about the $10 million top prize and would just enjoy the social side of the game, which he does when playing with friends at home in Yorkshire.

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And one of the people he met at the tournament in Las Vegas was Hollywood superstar Vince Vaughn, who opened the event dressed as Roman Emperor Caesar.

Mathew Huby with Vince Vaughn (Photo: Let’s Play Poker Live)

The 38-year-old was also able to hold one of the new WSOP bracelets, which Vaughn helped toss at the event.

And Mathew performed very well against the second largest field the tournament has ever seen. It reached Day 3 of the event, which saw just under 3,000 players start from an initial field of 8,663.

The huge field meant there was over $80 million in the prize pool, with $10 million for the winner and $6 million for the runner-up. The size of the field and the pot was such that even the person who finishes 1,300th will win $15,000.

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But sadly, Mathew fell just short of that on Saturday (July 9), crashing out of the tournament shortly before the end of the day.

Speaking after his exit, he said he loved the experience of playing against the best poker players in the world and would try again to qualify for the event next year.

“To be honest, I was just trying to get through day one,” said Mathew, whose chips went from 60,000 to 20,000 on day one, before going all-in and starting Day 3 with over 80,000. tokens.

“Playing for ten hours on the first day was mentally draining. It was really exhausting,” the father-of-two added.

“I was just trying to get through the first day. My main goal was to stay in the competition. I was staying cool and just trying to relax.”

When he’s not traveling around the UK in his truck or playing poker, Mathew is a huge Leeds United fan and also coaches his son’s local football team.

In July 2017, Bridlington businessman John Hesp won $2.6 million by finishing fourth in the WSOP Main Event after battling his way through a field of 7,221 players.

The 69-year-old was a regular £10 no-limit Sunday player at Napoleon Casino in Hull until he made his trip to Las Vegas.