WINNER: Matt Bevin with his winning hand, ace jack and his cash prize at the North Rockhampton Bowls Club.
WINNER: Matt Bevin with his winning hand, ace jack and his cash prize at the North Rockhampton Bowls Club. Contributed

'Super lucky' but smart strategy pays out

POKER: Matt Bevin's strategy was simple. Sit back and wait for the chance to pick people off.

It was after 11.30pm when the final eight card sharks sat at the table for the Winners Poker League on Saturday night.

Bevin admitted he was getting weary but stuck to his guns. He eventually won his heads up and drawing ace jack, he paired aces from the flop and claimed the win.

He said it had been an enjoyable night and was happy to grab the win.

"It was definitely a good night even if I didn't win,” the 23-year-old said.

"In the end I ended up trapping runner up (Jayde Vonsenden) by hitting the ace. I haven't one a big hand with an ace jack before so it was good.

"There was a bit more incentive to do well as the top five all got money. I am glad I held on.”

FULL HOUSE: 55 competitors came to the North Rocky Bowls Club for the poker night.
FULL HOUSE: 55 competitors came to the North Rocky Bowls Club for the poker night. Contributed

Bevin admitted at one stage he got "super lucky” at the final table.

"I had pocket eights and called the big blind... hit the eight on the flop and went all in,” he said.

"There were three of us and one girl hit the flush and celebrated. But then another three came out on the river and gave me a full house.

"It was super lucky but that's why you don't celebrate until the river.

"I basically doubled up with that hand and then everyone picked each other off.”

Bevin, an exercise physiological student, works at the Rockhampton Mater Hospital pocketed $250 for the win and an extra $60 from the players he knocked out.

Fifty-five competitors fought it out on Saturday night at the North Rockhampton Bowls Club which served as a fund raiser for Young Joshy's fight.

Josh Hatfield was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour on his 10th birthday.

He was forced to go to Brisbane for urgent and immediate surgery.

Three operations later Josh is currently undergoing radiation with chemotherapy still to come.

It was through his grandparents the Winners Poker League heard of his struggles and decided to help. Last night alone they raised $1150 for him.



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