Heartwarming poker couple's story from New Zealand

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Posted on Oct 17th 2010  -  Subject: Heartwarming poker couple's story from New Zealand

An older married couple from New Zealand have a touching story to share with the world. Matau and Sue Wallace both competed and won local qualifiers for a place in a national Texas Hold'em poker tournament in Wellington. Mrs. Wallace won the Benheim tournament as the only female entrant.  Her husband won the Nelson tournament in August just a few weeks after being let go from his job.  Mrs. Wallace also made the final table of that tournament as well.

Both say patience, learning about percentages and a gut instinct are the keys to being a successful poker player, although a good poker face comes in handy sometimes, too.

The remarkable aspect to this storty is Mr. Wallace started playing poker to exercise his brain after a major heart attack left him in a coma for several months.  Mrs. Wallace said her husband had to relearn how to do everything and it was their children who taught him how to play cards. "His hand used to shake whenever he [was dealt] a good hand," she said.

Matau Wallace eventually progressed to playing poker online and eventually to playing live tournaments once he thought he was good enough.

He is a testament to recovery and determination. As Mrs. Wallace indicated, we both love playing cards. People have different styles and it's just all about patience. Sportsmanship has a lot to do with it, too.

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If you click the hyper-linked source at the bottom of the news item, it will take you to the original New Zealand article written about this couple.

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