Card ace strikes it lucky - again
MILLIONAIRE Tweed poker player Stewart Scott has continued his lucky streak, adding about $150,000 to his $2 million prize haul won earlier this year.
The young father, who joined the card game's elite after winning the multi-million-dollar Aussie Millions Poker Championship in January, is now making his mark on the lucrative American scene.
He won $US120,000 and a place on one of the World Poker Tournament's premier events after finishing third in a competition in Las Vegas.
However, the former chef was bundled out in the third day of action of the lucrative $11.5 million Bellagio Casino event yesterday afternoon, Australian time.
Speaking to the Tweed Daily News earlier yesterday, Mr Scott's manager, George Psarros, described the Bellagio Casino event as one of the most challenging, but also rewarding, in the world.
“No Australian has got to the final tables of this competition. It's one of the toughest and richest in the world, so however far he goes he's done well,” said Mr Psarros, of Royal Flush Management.
According to the WPT website, Mr Scott was knocked out of the competition yesterday after starting the day with about 71,000 in chips.
“Stewart will be back home by the end of the month and we have a few meetings booked to discuss several lucrative sponsorship deals,” Mr Psarros said.
“Really, this is just the beginning for Stewart. He has a big future ahead of him.”
Becoming a professional poker player had always been a dream for Mr Scott, who moved to the Tweed with his wife Anastasia less than two years ago.
Since then the couple, who met in Adelaide more than a decade ago, have achieved another milestone - welcoming a daughter Siana into the world last year.
“Stewart has been over in America for a while and he will be overseas often competing in tournaments,” said Mr Psarros, a childhood friend of Mr Scott.
“Because it is very stressful for Anastasia watching Stewart she and little Siana are spending the time in Adelaide with their family and friends.”
When The Tweed Daily News last spoke with Mr Scott he was still coming to terms with becoming an instant millionaire after winning the 2009 Aussie Million competition at Crown Casino in Melbourne.
He credited being positive and focused as keys to his success.
“You can achieve anything if you set your mind to it and believe in yourself,” Mr Scott said.