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2005
Paul Maxfield - Potteries' Poker millionaire
John Acres meets Paul Maxfield
Poker fanatic and sport presenter John Acres with Paul Maxfield

Yes, it's true... Stoke-on-Trent poker whizz Paul Maxfield became a millionaire by playing poker!

Taking part in the glamorous World Poker Tour Five Star Poker Classic 2005 (phew!), Paul eventually came second - walking away with a cool $1.7m!

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Paul Maxfield walked away from Las Vegas with all that money, and he didn't even win the game!

His thrilling three-hour session with Tuan Le, who is ranked Number One in the world, was tightly poised for some time - and Paul could even have snatched the $2.8m jackpot were it not for one card!

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BBC Radio Stoke's John Acres chatted with poker whizz Paul Maxfield on his return to Stoke-on-Trent...
Hear the interview here...

Changing attitudes!
For some people, poker brings up images of smoky little rooms, with shady types dabbling in large sums of money under a low light...

How wrong could they be?

The tournament that Paul took part in was a glitzy, televised affair that was broadcast throughout the world.

The vast sums of money on offer to poker players, not to mention the backdrops and locations where the tournaments take place indicate that this is a moneyed industry!

Most of the entrants become minor celebrities, famous for their 'poker styles' which are analysed by commentators - just like football, rugby or golf!

Popularity...

Anyone can get involved in poker, and there are hundreds of online games available. Remember though - you've got to be 18 to play!

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