ACE MAN: Grafton's Daniel O'Keefe (left) will be aiming to win big at Maclean next weekend.
ACE MAN: Grafton's Daniel O'Keefe (left) will be aiming to win big at Maclean next weekend. Contributed

High stakes attracts players to the table

POKER: The chips have been counted and the cards shuffled as high stakes poker comes to the Maclean Bowling Club next weekend.

888 Poker League Northern NSW, who run regular weekly poker nights around the Clarence Valley, will host the first Clarence Monster Stack event on December 16.

The event is an extension of their regular nights, with the stakes raised to a $110 entry and no buy-backs.

It will be a thrilling night of poker action with an opportunity for the winner to progress to bigger poker nights organised by the 888 Poker League crew.

"We have done a lot of tournaments on the bigger side and this one was just like a Christmas thing that we wanted to do in response to requests from our regular poker players,” 888 Poker League's John Miller said. "This particular tournament is high stakes, and aimed at people who already have a good grasp on how to play the game.”

Miller said he is expecting to get around 30 people to the event, but hopes more people will join in to see the prize money also rise.

One person who will be doing the rounds on the tables at the club is Grafton's Daniel O'Keefe who took out the league's last major tournament at the venue last month.

It will be a full night of poker with players whittling off one-by-one until the last person standing takes home all the winnings.

With plenty of novice players looking to take the step up to the big leagues, Miller had one sound piece of advice for them.

"As cliche as it sounds, you really just need to know when to fold them, know when your beat,” he said.



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