Matt Matros' Predictive Skills Earn Him Crystal Ball Award

Matt Matros' Predictive Skills Earn Him Crystal Ball AwardPoker pro Matt Matros has won the 16th Annual Crystal Ball award, after successfully predicting the result of last week’s Presidential election. Key to winning the contest was determining the number of electoral votes the eventual winner would gain, with Matt Matros’ prediction of 303 for Obama coming closest to the actual figure of 332.
After accepting the honour, the 35 year-old New York resident commented: “I accept this victory on behalf of all the bettors out there who make educated guesses for a living..I’m not an expert at politics, I’m an expert at betting. That’s far more important.”
A Yale graduate with a degree in Science, Matt Matros soon discovered he could earn a lucrative career plying his talents at the poker tables. Despite being a cash game specialist, Matros also currently boasts $2,341,860 in live tournament winnings since 2004, including 3 WSOP bracelets.
Consequently, Matt Matros is well versed in anticipating and making predictions for a living. However, he also got the opportunity to showcase his skills after this year’s Crystal Ball contest pitted expert political analysts against the nonpolitical variety. Despite the political experts putting in an impressive performance, it was the poker pro who showed the stronger hand in the end with his forecast of the election results.
Explaining a little about his rationale when making his prediction, Matt Matros said: “I did try to push my picks a little toward the Democrats because I thought specifically that Obama would pick up undecideds closer to the election. I never seriously considered that it would shift so far to give Mitt Romney the electoral college.”
Meanwhile, Matros says he has no intentions of becoming the next ‘Nostradamus’ of the political arena. Besides, the poker pro says he has enough work to occupy him as it is, including playing 50 tournaments a year, writing a novel and film directing.


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