UK Granddad Goes To Las Vegas For Bucket List; Ends Up Winning $1million


We all have big dreams of going to Vegas and winning the jackpot, but 64-year-old John Hesp actually turned this into a reality when he decided to travel to Sin City to tick it off his bucket list.

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Hesp wanted to play the main event of the World Series of Poker – but even though anyone can play, there’s a $10,000 entry fee. Nevertheless, Hesp decided to go ahead despite never playing a tournament that had a buy-in more than a tenner.


Although Hesp is an amateur in the field, playing amongst 7,221 players for a first prize of $8million, he managed to pull off a serious win. Here’s what he had to say:

I am to poker what Donald Trump is to politics – an amateur.

I’ve never played a big competition like this but it’s one of the things I’ve had on my bucket list for a while now.

I said to my wife about three months ago, ‘Would you mind if I went and played?’ and came with a pal of mine from Bridlington.

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And guess what? Hesp’s idea paid off as he managed to secure a $1million payout. It’s an Eddie the Eagle story at its finest. Turns out retirement ain’t all that bad.

For more of the same, check out this guy who won an insane amount of money after paying $135 entry fee.


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