Hammond Park’s Neil Alweyn stiffed by one bad hand at World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas


Kim Griggs and Neil Alweyn. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Kim Griggs and Neil Alweyn. Picture: Matt Jelonek

HE managed to temper expectation in a city for those who dream big, but Neil Alweyn still left Las Vegas slightly disappointed.

The Hammond Park resident visited the US after qualifying for the World Series of Poker event, Millionaire Maker.

First prize was a cool $1.4 million dollars.

Ahead of the no-limit hold ’em event, which was contested by 7000 international players, Mr Alweyn said his goal was to make the second day.

Unfortunately, that did not happen, with Mr Alweyn surrendering his last chip midway through day one.

“I actually thought I played some good, solid poker,” he said.

“I was unfortunate to get knocked out the way I did.

“I was 91 per cent to win the hand I got knocked out on against the other player with no more betting possible.

“He hit his 9 per cent hand (on the final card).”

Mr Alweyn said the experience was fantastic, if not a little daunting.

“The sheer size and noise of the massive poker rooms is very overwhelming and seeing and recognising some of the best poker players in the world in the same room as you certainly tests your mental strength,” he said.

“But once the cards are dealt you settle into your own game and I felt I was able to stay composed in a pretty intimidating atmosphere.”

The tournament was taken out by American Jason DeWitt.

Australia’s highest finisher was Stephen Tambouras in 84th.

Tambouras pocketed $14,100.