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Massachusetts Man Wins $10 Million In No-Skill Poker Tournament

Prize Larger Than Every WSOP Main Event Except 2006


Even lotteries are taking an interest in Texas hold’em.

A Massachusetts man won $10 million in a no-skill poker tournament on Saturday. The prize was larger than every World Series of Poker main event payout except one.

The event, which was electronic-based and thus did not have any live dealers, started with 560 players who had already qualified to participate. 560 was whittled down to 64, then to 12, then to three and finally to a winner, according to The Boston Globe. The format saw players receive two cards and then the whole board was run out without any sort of betting or action from the players. Whoever had the best five-card hand would advance.

The prize scale was $10,000, $50,000, $1 million and $10 million.

The winner was 51-year-old Eugene Condon Jr.

According to The Globe, state lottery officials said that their tournament was the first of its kind in the United States. Though, the format is nothing original.

Photo via Massachusetts State Lottery Twitter.



over 1 year ago

What's unusual about this tournament? It resembles just what the WSOP has become---two card poker as Doyle calls it.

Not much play to it anymore. Just get two cards and move all in before the flop, get a call, run the cards out. Just like above.

Skill level to this strategy? Zero!

Too bad that the game barely resembles itself from the early days.


over 1 year ago

come back and play some tex. the kids are slowing down a little with the deep stacks that are available now in tourneys.


over 1 year ago

bmpek: They'd have to structure a tournament for old farts whose androgen levels are declining and that can't sit for long hours anymore.


over 1 year ago

this tourney is just the same as hold em in difference in this and any no limit game


over 1 year ago

I'm still not understanding, where did they have to go to attend this event, a casino, online? Who ran the software and how did all that take place, just curious, thanks.


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