Self-taught poker player scoops £10k jackpot
A betting shop worker who taught herself to play Texas Hold’Em is celebrating after taking home a £10,000 jackpot from a tournament in Nottingham, reports the Nottingham Post.
Giving hope to thousands of amateur poker players across the globe, Melissa Price triumphed over a field of 340 competitors in three days at the city’s ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ poker venue. The 22-year-old found herself at the final table and refused to split the cash before the final round began – eventually winning it outright.
Prior to the tournament Melissa was working as a clerk in a local bookie’s, and had never even thought about playing
. “But my manager told me that if I was good at the game I could win more than I was earning at my job,” she said.
“The next day he brought me a whole load of poker books which I started to read in quiet moments. I made notes on the back of betting slips and took them home to study.”
She then signed up to a couple of online casino sites, and started competing in tournaments for play money. Once she had built up her confidence Melissa decided to take the plunge and play in cash events.
Dusk Till Dawn’s owner, Rob Yong, said: “It’s a fantastic result for Melissa as she has only been playing live tournaments this year.
“She has done brilliantly well to have beaten a field of more than 300 players, some of whom are vastly more experienced than her.”