BRIT POKER GRAN COMES UP TRUMPS
Shirley, 62, in World Series
GRAN Shirley Marshall’s head is still in a spin after competing in the planet’s biggest poker tournament.
The 62-year-old retired finance officer won a seat in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
Shirley, inset, describes herself as a complete recreational player.
Yet for two days she battled it out and held her own with the best Texas Hold ’Em players in the world.
She said: “I watched my son Jonathan play online a few years ago and asked him to teach me. It looked a lot of fun, so I decided to give it a go.
“I love playing a few quid every day online with
888poker.com. I can get hours of enjoyment. It’s something different from my crocheting.”
She added: “I won two $1 competitions, which gave me a chance to spin the prize wheel. There was a wide selection of prizes of different values. But it stopped on the $12,500
888poker package to Vegas. “I thought nothing more about it until I got an email from 888poker congratulating me and outlining my itinerary.” Shirley had won her $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat, a five-night stay at the luxury Vdara Hotel plus travel money and expenses. A total 7,221 players – the third highest in WSOP history – took part in this year’s ten-day tournament, held at the Rio Hotel and Casino.
The winner was American Scott Blumstein, 25, who took home $8,150,000. But Shirley, from Birmingham, wasn’t disgraced.
She said: “My aim was not to be the first out on my table. And I wasn’t. I was absolutely thrilled to make it through to Day 2 even though I went back with a relatively small stack of chips.”
Shirley’s chips dwindled as the day went on and eventually she busted out of the tournament but she was in good company.
She actually lasted longer than last year’s winner Qui Nguyen.
Shirley said: “The other players were incredibly friendly and there was great banter. Poker shouldn’t just be for the professionals and high rollers. We all like to have a game.”