Dealers Open The $200million 2018 WSOP
WSOP kicks off with what promises to be 7 weeks of all-out, or all-in perhaps, action in Vegas with a minimum of $200million up for grabs over 78 tournaments.
Englishman John Hesp is a self-confessed ‘amateur’ poker player from Bridlington in East Yorkshire who made the final table of the WSOP Main Event in 2017, on his fourth visit to Las Vegas but his debut in the world’s biggest poker tournament.
The semi-retired businessman is the owner of a caravan vacation home rental business who has only $2207 in poker tournament winnings according to Hendon Mob.com, all his recorded cashes coming in the 2017 Napoleons Casino & Restaurant ‘Recurring Tournaments’ in Hull, the biggest a £785 ($1000) payday in the £10 Sunday re-buy.
A father of four and grandfather of seven, Hesp’s decision to play the Main Event was part of a retirement ‘bucket list’ and the Yorkshireman surprised almost everybody with his deep run, as well as his colourful attire and relaxed, friendly attitude at the table.
With over 7200 players starting the $10,000 buy-in Main Event, Hesp’s final table run has guaranteed him $1,000,000, with the chance to take down the $8,150,000 top prize. He has become something of a celebrity, sharing dinner with Phil Hellmuth, giving dozens of interviews and having his own Twitter page fan club.
WSOP.com notes that Hesp owns a Delorean, the 1980's-vintage car made famous in the ‘Back to the Future’ movies.
John Hesp confirmed he would be returning to defend his 4th place finish in a recent interview.
England’s John Hesp cashed again last week – his first since hitting the headlines with his amazing run, outlandish attire and down-to-earth behaviour.
For most amateur poker players a $2 and a half million score would lead to the wildest celebrations imaginable, but not so for WSOP hero John Hesp.