Yong and Goulder Agree £20k Table Tennis Prop BetOctober 12, 2016 11:57 am
The WPT UK Festival is scheduled to take place from October 22nd to November 6th with more than £3 million in prize money to be awarded throughout the popular poker series. The 16-day festival takes place at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham, England, and ahead of the series, the competition is already hotting up with the venue’s owner Rob Yong (photo), and UK poker pro Alex Goulder having agreed to a prop bet worth £20,000, with all the money subsequently being donated to charity.
As for the nature of the bet, Goulder has decided to take on Yong at table tennis in what is likely to be a fiercely contested, high octane affair. However, while Alex Goulder at 27-years of age has youth on his side, Rob Yong, 44, has the advantage of being a former five-time Nottingham table tennis champion.
Ordinarily, when a person undertakes a prop bet they usually believe that they have some sort of chance of succeeding, but Alex Goulder apparently agreed to the bet after a drinking session with fellow poker pro Simon Deadman, and as Goulder tweeted recently:
“I’ll be lucky to get a single point against a former five-time champion, but at least it’s going to a good cause. Simon Deadman, let’s never drink together OK?”
The first to 21 game will take place the same marquee which will host the WPT UK Festival, and given his huge advantage Yong has granted his opponent a 10-point head start in the match. Nevertheless, the difference in skill levels between amateur enthusiasts and county players is huge, and it seems like most people agree with Goulder that he is likely to be on the receiving end of a drumming. As one poster called ‘EvilPie’ wrote on the blonde poker forum:
“I’ve played squash against someone of County level and as a reasonable club player there’s just nothing you can do. No matter what you throw at them, they just flick it back like they’re still warming up. F**kers don’t even move. Unless Alex is keeping something up his sleeve, he’s going to get destroyed.”