Cumbria man wins place at $10 million Vegas tables

25th January, 2008

Part-time online poker player Andrew Pearson has come up trumps by winning a place at the tables in the World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em in Las Vegas.

A Carlisle recruitment agency manager by day, Mr Pearson, 34, has secured his place at the tournament, one of the biggest, with a stake of 50, according to the Cumberland News.

It normally costs about $10,000 (5,000) to enter and players are given thousands of pounds worth of chips to play with.

He will have the opportunity to win up to $10 million in the tournament, which is the World Series of Poker's main annual event.

"The phone has been going nuts with people ringing to congratulate me," he told the newspaper.

"It's the blue riband event for poker."

Mr Pearson's brother David had originally inspired him to start playing poker online and he has been playing for two years.

He plans to take his brother with him to Las Vegas. describes No-Limit Hold'em as game of general strategy and basic tactical skills seen in all forms of poker, with the added excitement of "intense psychology".ADNFCR-1406-ID-18441195-ADNFCR

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