Top 10 UK Stories of 2011: #6, Matt Perrins Wins Unlikely Bracelet
When most players decide to take a shot at winning a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet they generally do so in a game they are well versed in, it makes sense after all. But we are guessing that Matt Perrins is not most players because when he made the decision to enter the $1,500 buy-in No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event at this year's WSOP he did so having never played the game before.
Perrins' only exposure to the game he was about to play was via the internet where he found some footage on the popular site YouTube. He allegedly spent 30 minutes "studying," then bought in, sat down and attempted to learn the game as he was playing it! Whatever he learned in that short video obviously did the trick because he went on to outlast 274 opponents to get his hands on the $102,105 first place prize and a coveted gold WSOP bracelet!
It was not plain sailing for Perrins either because along with having to quickly develop a strategy for this alien game he had to do so surrounded by some very talented players. The likes of Eli Elezra, Stuart Rutter, Dario Alioto, Greg Mueller, Dan Kelly, Jason Mercier, Josh Brikis and Chris Bjorin all made it into the money, the last three of those names were also at the final table.
Perrins' heads-up opponent was the aforementioned Bjorin, one of the most underrated players in the game. The Swede has two WSOP bracelets to his name along with more than $5,000,000 in live tournament winnings but Perrins' relentless aggression proved too much for him. The final hand took place during Level 21 meaning the blinds were 6,000/12,000/3,000a and Perrins moved all in for 1,150,000 chips and Bjorin made the call and both players elected to draw one card. Perrins turned over and was ahead of Bjorin's . Bjorin asked Perrins to draw first and he obliged drawing a and in doing so locked up the hand. Bjoring drew a and it was all over, Perrins had won Event #9 the $1,500 Deuce-to-Seven Lowball!
Shortly after his win Perrins spoke to our very own Sarah Grant about his amazing win:
Since his bracelet win Perrins has finished second in one of the Dusk Till Dawn Monte Carlo Main Events, come fourth in a €5,000 Heads Up tournament at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, finished third in a £1,000 Black Belt Nottingham Live event and almost took down the Sunday Warm up on PokerStars falling just short and finishing in fourth place. In the live arena Perrins now has almost $740,000 in winnings and over $643,000 in online tournament winnings.