|Gavin “Birdguts” Smith is a consistent performer on the poker circuit, and he has emerged as the winner in the MANSIONPOKER.NET World Pro-Am Challenge. The online freeroll was heralded as an innovative twist on televised Texas Hold’em.|
Victory for Smith was achieved after a titanic struggle of 149 hands and four hours of intense MANSIONPOKER.NET Speed Poker play. The champion pocketed a $500,000 purse and was watched by a prime time national audience across America.
'The format was unbelievable and allowed for excellent poker while still able to produce a great television show!' said Smith.
Heads up play saw Smith, a 38 year old tournament veteran from Ontario, Canada, oust UK online qualifier Scott Gardner, who walked away with $270,000 for his surprise second placing.
Gardner, a sales consultant from Lincolnshire, England, put up a gutsy challenge and outlasted a number of big-name opponents including fellow Brit John Gale and the seasoned tournament player Todd Brunson.
Gardner gave much of the credit to his coach, 'Mike Gracz has taught me a lot during poker school that will always stay with me and the fact that I made it to heads up with Gavin Smith amongst three of the world’s best players surely has to go down to him.'