From Melbourne, Australia comes this all too cool story about a grandfather who is a pretty damn good poker player.
David Gorr a 68-year-old Malvern, Australia grandfather defeated a field of 721 to win $2 million in the world’s second-richest poker tournament, the Crown Aussie Millions, in Melbourne.??
Along with the cash prize, Gorr walked away with a diamond-encrusted gold bracelet and the sort of bragging rights that poker players travel the world in the hope of winning.??
But the massive pay day didn’t diminish the computer analyst-programmer’s work ethic. ??
”I will be at work during the day as it would be silly for me not to pop in tomorrow,” he said.
”I haven’t missed a day of work since 1976.”?”indeed, stamina and discipline both played starring roles in his victory.
The tournament ran for seven days and when he reached the final table, which began on Saturday at 12.30pm, he was one of just eight contenders. ??
Gorr, who was low in chips, fought his way through to the final two, with young British player James Keys his opponent. And if the possibility of a $2 million payout wasn’t enough pressure, there was the spectacle of it.
The two finalists were ushered into a purpose-built film set at Crown Casino from where the play-off was broadcast. It was watched live by 500 spectators and attracted a worldwide audience on the internet.
Gorr then earned the winner’s trophy and the cash prize.
With only one previous big win at an Adelaide tournament in 1996, Gorr decided to change tactics. ”I used to be a conservative player and I would wait for the better hands to play but to win tournaments you have to mix your game up and play a variety of different hands.”