Kayne Judge will travel to Melbourne for a poker tournament following his success at the APL state championships.
Kayne Judge will travel to Melbourne for a poker tournament following his success at the APL state championships. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Bay card shark off to classic

SOME say poker is a game of skill.

Others claim it’s all about luck.

But for Kayne Judge, being a card shark depends on your confidence.

“You’re only as good as you think you are,” says Mr Judge, who will travel to Melbourne in March for the renowned Wild Turkey Poker Classic.

The Urangan father of three plays poker four times a week and admits he’s become astute at reading people.

He came 12th at the recent Australian Poker League state championships on the Sunshine Coast, where he scored $100 cash and his ticket into the Melbourne tournament.

His result is the highest a Hervey Bay person has achieved in any APL event.

Considering he only became interested in the game three years ago, 28-year-old Mr Judge is fast making a name for himself.

“I don’t think he’s any good at all,” joked local APL franchise owner Geoff Driscoll.

“He’s got a good temperament and his patience has improved.

“He plays for the moment. He forgets about the previous hand and just plays what’s in front of him.”

With his quiet demeanour, it is easy to see why other players can’t read Mr Judge.

He may just snare a piece of the $500,000 prize pool taking home as much as $200,000 if he wins.

“I’d probably gamble it,” he said of the cash, before reconsidering.

“Actually, I’d probably put a deposit on a house. I don’t think I’d do anything silly with it.”

Hervey Bay APL has more than 2000 registered players.

We had our regional finals on October 23 and there were over 116 players. It was the biggest game in the Bay ever,” Mr Driscoll said.

By registering, players gain access to free-roll tournaments with massive prize pools.



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