Hole-in-One Sends Canadian to Main Event

Paul Pritchett
Paul Pritchett

Paul Pritchett nailed an unlikely hole-in-one at a charity golf tournament to win a seat into the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

The 37-year old Pritchett was all smiles on Day 1c of the Main Event as he attempted to build a large stack in the early stages of the tournament. 

“It’s awesome,” he said. “We’re playing for life-changing money here.”

Pritchett played a special $750 buy-in golf/poker charity event at the Turnberry Golf Course in Ontario that began with a golf tournament and finished with a No-Limit Hold’em freezeout.

That event drew 80 players and two Main Event seats were awarded: one to the player who hit the first hole-in-one and the second to the winner of the poker tournament.

Pritchett, who started playing poker over 10 years ago, was originally more interested in the poker tournament but changed his mind after hitting the lucky golf shot.

Incredibly Pritchett nearly won two Main Event seats when he made the final table of the poker tournament. He eventually finished in second place, much to the relief of his opponents.

“I don’t know what I would have done,” he laughed. “I probably would have sold one or staked one of my friends and taken 50%.”

It’s fitting that the Toronto, Canada, resident managed to score a Main Event seat in the golf/poker tournament as he makes a living playing poker and working at a golf course.

“I’ve basically played poker for a living over the last 10 years,” he said. “I just work at a golf course during the summer.”

After four levels play Pritchett was already sitting on more than 40,000 chips as he attempts to turn a lucky golf shot into millions of dollars.

He also has one item that might give him a leg up on the competition: he has the hole-in-one golf ball encased in a glass square as a card protector at the tables.

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