MOOROOPNA resident and local Texas Hold’em Poker enthusiast, Matthew Wishart took out the title of Murray Champion recently, taking home the trophy along with his big chip win of $2,000 in prize money.
Held at the Mulwala Water Ski Club, Matthew put on his ‘poker face’ against a field of over 140 poker players from all over Victoria and NSW, beginning the final table of the event as chip leader, with a stack of over 3 million. Some well timed ‘all ins’ and great pressure on his opponents saw him take out the event in just over nine hours.
Fellow local, Tyler Flemming also earned himself a seat on the final table, finishing sixth overall and securing himself $400 of the $6,825 in prize money on offer.
Event organiser and newly appointed Albury/Wodonga Regional Manager, Michael King was impressed by the turnout, with over 30 players from the Shepparton area alone making up the field of over 140, saying he hopes to build on the numbers in three months time when Matthew returns to Mulwala to defend his title.
“There are three Texas Hold’em Poker events held each week in the Shepparton area, with anyone aged 18 and over welcome to come and give it a try. Poker is a friendly, fun, social game and you can join in the excitement from $12 with the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars on any given night,” Michael said.
For further information on local games, search for ‘888 Poker Northern Victoria Region (Shepparton)’ or ‘ALP Murray Region’ for games in the Albury/Wodonga/Mulwala areas.
When playing poker, always ensure to gamble responsibly. For help or further information on gambling call Gambler’s Help on 1800 858 858, Gambler’s Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 or visit www.responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au