Playing poker in big time

THEA Mapes has finished eighth in the phase 3, satellite event in the Aussie Millions.

She was in a field of 20 in an event held in Brisbane which cost $1500 a player to enter.

Her entry was sponsored as she has already won state and national championships in the past six months.

While she could have gone to Melbourne for her satellite event, Mapes chose Brisbane.

She won the Australian Pro Poker state final at Warwick and the national final at Cessnock in the Hunter Valley to qualify for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas starting on July 7.

Mapes has had her $10,000 entry fee for Las Vegas sponsored as well as air fares, accommodation and $3000 spending money.

"There were 6500 competitors in the World Series last year and I expect there will be roughly the same this year," Mapes said.

She will be joined by fiance Rob Francis for the trip to America for the World Series and their wedding in Las Vegas.

Poker players on the Southern Downs play under the Australian Pro Poker banner.

Organiser Dave Dyson organises play across the Downs each week.

Mapes plays each week on Wednesday night and again each Sunday afternoon at the Warwick RSL.


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