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Belgium's Pierre Neuville won the PokerListings Spirit of Poker Award in the "This is 50+" category for proving that success at the poker table has nothing to do with age. Neuville played his first poker tournament all the way back in the 1960s and turned 70 earlier this year while attending the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. BOM host Kara Scott speaks to Neuville about what this award means to him.
Kara: I'm Kara Scott here at the Battle of Malta, with award winner, Pierre Neuville. You won in the "This is 50+ category." really showing that age doesn't have that much to do with success at the poker table. Would you agree with that statement?
Pierre: Oh, yes. Definitely because when I heard about the award and the famous world legend, I was so afraid. I thought I was having a nightmare but then I read the second word was living. And living is the most important because you say it's 50+, but I will tell you that the best is still to come.
Kara: I would agree with you. And you're up against, like you say, some incredible legends of poker for this incredible award and people voted for you. What does it mean to you to know that people voted for you over some of the other big names?
Pierre: It's something truly fantastic because it's one of the most important things to me, is to be happy until the end of my life. So another quarter of century playing. And when I meet any place in poker I see just old friends.
Kara: One of the problems I have in poker is the lack of stamina. I get very tired. And you clearly don't have this problem. You have an incredible record for playing consecutive tournaments and they are cashing. So, what's your secret?
Pierre: My secret is probably the reality doesn't appear on my face. Because sometimes it's not that easy but I'm just remain one hour every day and then trying to survive these long hours.
Kara: Wait, you're used to playing in a lot of bigger buy-in events, so here is the Battle of Malta which has a lot of recreational players it's a smaller buy-in. Is there a different feeling here for you?
Pierre: No. When I sit down at the table, I just try to forget that the buy-in. I was playing in the smallest buy-in and in some high-rollers, and I think I'm just trying to forget money, to enjoy and to play the game. And I just put in my mind, "It's never to late to win and let's forget about the rest."
Kara: Well, congratulations on one win here today. Hopefully, you'll have another one in Malta, with the Battle of Malta title. Thank you very much.
Pierre: Thank you very much Kara.