Chris Shaw, formerly of Gardner, finished in 85th in the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas. The 1996 Gardner Edgerton High School graduate pocketed more than $72,000 in winnings.
The several-day event drew 6,683 entrants. Play began on July 5. It concluded after press time on July 14. The winner earned a $10 million prize. Shaw rooted for Billy Pappaconstinou to win the big prize. Shaw attempted to bluff Pappaconstatinou, losing most of his chips. At press time, Pappaconstinou was in sixth place.
ìIím happy to see my chips being put to good use,î Shaw said.
To date in circuit poker play and in WSOP play Shaw has earned more than $160,000 playing poker.
ìI love poker,î Shaw said. ìIt fuels my competitive desire as I get older.î
Shaw played basketball in high school, playing for the 1996 GEHS state championship team. He also played in college.
Poker, he said, allows him some of the camaraderie of athletics.
ìIíve met so many nice people along the way,î he said. ìIt was my dream to play at this event, but I wasnít just there to participate. I wanted to see how I stacked up against the rest of the world. I feel pretty confident where I stand in that equation. Now itís on to the next one and keep playing. No reason to stop now.î
ESPN cameras recorded the main event and will air it sometime in late summer or early fall. He was interviewed by the sports network, but Shaw said he isnít sure if theyíll use it.
Though he now resides in Davidson, NC, Shaw sports Kansas City Royals and University of Kansas gear at the card table.
He live tweets some of the action on Twitter at @Shawkerpoker33.