|Everyone may be talking about Chris Moneymaker’s monumental victory at the World Series Poker in Las Vegas but Britain can be proud of Stuart 'Bullets' Wheeler, who finished 33rd in a competition that started out with over 830 contestants.|
68-year old Wheeler of Canterbury. Nicknamed Bullets after a bullet grazed his lip whilst serving for the armed forces, was eliminated on the second to last day of the tournament. At one point his $10,000 stake rose over $150,000. Not bad. Last year he only made it to the second round and his only previous trip to the competition was in 1987 when he was knocked out very early on.
The 68-year old gets my vote for quote of the week: 'Obviously everyone wants to make it through to the last day, but I'm old and blind and deaf and hadn't played a single hand since I took part in the tournament last year. I've just played against 829 of some of the best and sharpest poker players in the world.'
With that in mind, he didn’t do too badly. It’s a tiring business when you find yourself sitting at a poker table for ten hours and not getting to your hotel room before 2am. Wheeler walked away wit $35,000 but after all his expenses he doesn’t expect to be left with much. But, the man’s only 68 and the tournament will be there next year.