UNF Graduate, Tony Miles, finishes in 2nd place after a long battle in the 2018 World Series of Poker, which took place in Las Vegas. After playing round after round after round, Miles found himself in the final round playing for a chance at $8.8 Million. Who knew a card game could provide so much money!
The final round lasted almost 10.5 hours at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino and set records for most hands played heads-up, as well as the most total hands at a World Series of Poker final table. Although he didn't win, the Best Bet Jacksonville sponsored player still took home A TON OF MONEY. $5 Million to be exact. Prior to this, his largest career cash was $18,000 at a World Poker Tournament in Jacksonville at Best Bet.
In a quote obtained by ESPN, Miles has this to say about his understandably upsetting loss:
"We've been playing on little to no sleep -- the nerves and the angst that you feel at night, it's almost impossible to get a good night's rest," he said. "Then you come in here and you have to battle for 12 hours heads-up. It was a war, and it was amazing. I'm sure it'll go down and be chronicled in history as one of the best heads-up matches ever. I have a ton of respect for him. He's going to be a great champion, and I'm really happy for him." (read article here)
Winning is disappointing, but it's all good when you can still take home $5 Mill. The first place winner, John Cynn, took home the $8.8 Million, and the guy that came in 9th was even able to take home $1 Million.
Basically, we all need to learn how to play poker so we can secure the bag.