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Granddad Goes To Las Vegas For Bucket List And Wins 'At Least $1 Million'

Granddad Goes To Las Vegas For Bucket List And Wins 'At Least $1 Million'


Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

A bucket list is something most people have, and the chances are that a visit to Las Vegas is on there.

The city is a bit like Blackpool on cocaine, as in it's a bit tacky and there are loads of lights, but it's much busier, there's more alcohol and everything seems to pass you by at 100 miles per hour. Plus, it was on The Hangover, and that's pretty cool.

There are a lot of things that could attract you to Vegas, with the casinos being the most likely. You might know Jack about gambling, but to sit at a table placing chips on all sorts as the hustle and bustle of the city goes on around you makes you feel like James Bond.


64-year-old John Hesp, from Hull, had this dream. He wanted to head over to Nevada to compete in the World Series of Poker, just to see what would happen, Daily Mail reports.

Having never played in a tournament with a buy-in of more than a tenner the odds weren't exactly in his favour, having paid a $10,000 entry fee.

Still, the legendary granddad went and gave it his all, reaching the final table in the competition, walking away with at least $1,000,000 (around £760,000).

"I wanted to let you all know that I am having the most surreal experience of my life," he wrote on Facebook having made it further than most of the 7,200 other players. "Just woke after 4 hours (broken) sleep as my phones been pinging all night. It would appear that I've become an International Poker Superstar as people from all around the world are wanting to connect with me.

"All the TV people and Poker Press are wanting to interview me as I did about 5 yesterday.

"This is something I'd quite wanted to do for a while now and when I started - just hoped I could make it into the top 1000.

"I would like to thank my wife Mandy and all my family and friends back home for supporting me in this and hope that I've done them, Bridlington and East Yorkshire proud.

"I am playing again at midday in the final 27 out of over 7000 entrants from all over the world. I am truly 'living the dream'."

Makes you feel like a fool for losing the £20 you put on Blackjack at your local casino, doesn't it? John's seven grandchildren will certainly be happy, as there'll probably be a lot of presents coming their way.

The money he's walking away with is particularly impressive given he's rather inexperienced around the table, as he only usually plays at Napoleon's Casino & Restaurant in Hull.

"I am to poker what Donald Trump is to politics - an amateur," he told

Well in, John.

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Topics: Gambling, Poker, Las Vegas