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Poker News: August 24, 2006

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HEADLINE: 100 Mile man hits the big time in poker

Sitting behind a desk in his downtown business in 100 Mile House, Jerry Sund portrayed the part of a seasoned poker player.

His face was devoid of expression, his eyes were covered with black sunglasses and his tone revealed very little when he was asked about his recent experience at a World Series of Poker tournament.

Sund had entered

an on-line poker tournament sponsored by an Internet poker site where he had played several rounds, won his games and came out with a grand prize.

His prize included a $10,000 entry stakes to

the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas No-Limit Hold’em World Championship and gave him room and board at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino. The event drew in nearly 9,000 players.

“If you were to compare it to something here, you’d have to imagine the Save-On-Foods, fill it with poker tables and that would be only a quarter of the size of the place,” he explained.

It was quite an adventure but also involved a lot of hard work.

Sund started playing at noon and carried through until 3 a.m. He admitted it took its toll.

“It’s a young man’s event,” he said, explaining that after sitting in one place for 15 hours, “your legs go numb.”

“You have to make sure that you don’t eat anything big so you don’t get tired and you only get 20 minute breaks every two hours.”

Despite the challenges, Sund, a novice player, made his way to the top third of competitors before his chips ran out. He said he didn’t do too bad for an “old guy” who hasn’t played poker in that sort of setting since the ‘70s.

But he did learn a few tricks.

“People are accomplished liars, they don’t give it away with their face,” he said.

To fool the pros, he explained, you have to learn how to deceive with your body language. He also had to exercise a lot of patience and concentration.

Sund found himself sitting across from Brad Garrett, best known for his role as big brother in Everybody Loves Raymond.

“He kept harassing me about my Indiana Jones hat.”

Sund was also on hand when Garrett was barred from the table for using foul language.

“They penalized me for 10 minutes for saying ‘fallopian’,” Sund recalled Garrett saying.

Sund also saw Doyle Brunson, the man who helped popularize poker and a two-time winner of the World Series, lose his event.

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