|Snooker champion Matthew Stevens has successfully conquered the poker game after winning half a million dollars at the final of 888.comís Pacific Poker open.|
The sports star beat tennis legend Yevgeny Kafelnikov and darts champion Phil Taylor in the final even though he only started playing the popular card game 18 months ago.
The 27 year old has used some of his winnings to jet off to New York for a pre-Christmas holiday.
He said, 'This is absolutely unbelievable and I am in a complete daze.
To get to the final Stevens had to beat poker professionals and online qualifiers that made up a field of 108 hopefuls.
World darts champion Taylor finished second and Kafelnikov, who has announced his retirement from tennis to concentrate on professional poker, came third.