John Hesp Cashes Once More in Local TournamentOctober 12, 2017 4:12 pm
UK caravan salesman John Hesp delighted the poker world in July after finishing the $10,000 WSOP Main Event in 4th place for a $2.6 million payday. What was so surprising, though, is the fact the 64-year-old granddad is only a recreational player who competes in a local poker tournament just once a month.
Unlike the $10,000 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, which he entered in order to satisfy one of the items on his “bucket list”, however, the tournament in which he plays at the Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Hull one Sunday each month is actually just £10 to enter, although multiple re-entrys are allowed.
Less than 3 months after his massive WSOP adventure, Hesp has now recorded his first subsequent tournament cash, once more at the £10 Sunday Rebuy event, this time finishing in 7th place for a £200 score. In fact, Hesp has cashed in at just nine tournaments over the years, eight of which are the aforementioned event, with the field size usually varying somewhere between 50 and 60 people.
Just before heading off to the 2017 WSOP Main Event, Hesp recorded his best result to date, winning the tournament outright for £785. That must have provided him with all the boost he needed, and as they say, the rest is poker history. Following his latest score worth $268, the grandfather from Yorkshire now boasts $2,602,475 in live career earnings, placing him at number 30 on the UK’s All Time Poker List.
This summer, John Hesp brought a much-needed sense of fun to the WSOP Main Event final table, and provided perhaps the biggest surprise since Chris Moneymaker won the tournament back in 2003. After Hesp’s incredible run, there are even plans afoot to make a movie about his life. Hesp said that two months after his return from Sin City he was contacted by three movie producers, including some from Hollywood, although he ultimately decided to opt for a UK-based company.
Commenting on what future plans he has related to poker, Hesp stated: “I play poker recreationally and I will continue to do so. I won’t be turning into a professional poker player. I love Bridlington and going to work there and being with my wife. I couldn’t be away from her and my family for months on end? playing in tournaments?, I would get too lonely. I want to stay an amateur and continue having fun and enjoying tournaments and competitions.”