A HAMMOND Park resident will trade in suburban life this week for the bright lights of Las Vegas and a crack at $1.4 million.
Neil Alweyn will leave for the US today ahead of the World Series of Poker event, Millionaire Maker. He won a spot in the competition alongside 60 other Australians after qualifying through the Australian Poker League (APL).
Securing the win in the no-limit hold’em event will not be easy, with some 7000 international players also chasing glory.
“My first goal is to just make the second day of the event,” Mr Alweyn said.
“I really don’t want to set too many goals other than to play good poker, enjoy myself, and hope the cards are kind to me.”
Despite the massive carrot on offer, Mr Alweyn said playing alongside some of the game’s best, and the opportunity to glimpse some A-list celebrities, was the main reason for taking part.
“The money is not the main incentive to play,” he said.
“The ability to play poker against the world’s best is what is driving me. That said I wouldn’t whinge if I ended up with seven figures in my bank account.”
Kim Griggs runs WA’s south-east region of the APL and has played the event twice. “It is the ultimate competition,” he said.
“If you can imagine walking into a room that’s the size of a football field just filled with poker tables, the sound of chips is just deafening.”
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