Perrins Makes it Two for Rochdale with 2-7 Victory

Matt Perrins
Matt Perrins

Matt Perrins entered the WSOP $1,500 Deuce-to-Seven event as a rookie. He left with a WSOP gold bracelet.

Perrins outlasted a field of 275 and a heads-up match against veteran Chris Bjorin to win $102k and a WSOP title last night.

“My friends talked me into it,” said Perrins. “They said it was fun.  So, I decided to give it a try.  I guess that kind of went well.”

Perrins learned the game by watching several YouTube videos about it. Although he felt lost in the first three or four hours of the tournament he spoke to several of his friends on the break and, in time, started to feel more and more comfortable.

“As the tournament got deeper, it was kind of similar to Hold’em where being aggressive and three-betting will get you a lot of chips,” he said. “That’s where I started moving toward the final table.” 

It may indeed be the year of the Brits as Perrins was the second U.K. player to claim a bracelet in this year’s WSOP.

Incredibly Perrins hails from the same small English town of Rochdale that recent WSOP $25k Heads-Up winner Jake Cody comes from.

Despite having a population of fewer than 100,000 people, Rochdale is now home to two WSOP winners.

Like Cody, Perrins had a huge crowd of English players and fans on hand to cheer him on to victory.

This summer was the first time Perrins had made the trip to Vegas to play the WSOP.

“To have all my mates here and to come for the first time and win it,” he said. “It’s really amazing.  I can’t describe it right now.” 

Perrins did not have an easy ride when he got to the final table as there were plenty of respected pros gunning for first including the aforementioned Bjorin as well as Bernard Lee, Josh Brikis and Jason Mercier.

“I knew that everyone had a lot more experience than me, but since I was able to play it a bit like Hold’em, they would fold,” he said. “When I three-bet and was aggressive, it worked.”

Although U.S. players are already off to a huge lead in bracelets at the 2011 WSOP with six, players from the U.K. are looking to have a huge presence with two bracelets in the bag and - at the time this article was published - West Kensington-native Sadan Turker was heads-up for another.

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