APPT Auckland: World Poker Seminar's first student a passionate hopeful

By James Potter and Eliot James

The inaugural World Poker Seminar that we brought to you yesterday finished last night in a tournament that saw the winner put into the APPT Auckland SkyCity Festival of Poker Main Event by Team PokerStars Pro’s Joe Hachem and Lee Nelson. The winner was local boy Chris Walton who was a ball of emotion when he won the event.

“I was going to win it. I just knew it. I was going to fight it out to the end. The help that the guys gave me today gave me the confidence to take out the seat.”

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Chris Walton, World Poker Seminar's first freeroll winner.

Walton is a real learner of the game and he was a popular winner. When they got down to a heads up battle for the seat Walton was offered a deal and replied “NO! I fight to the death. Let’s play on!”

When he eventually triumphed the room erupted as the likable Kiwi broke down. Walton is still alive and is every bit as happy as he was yesterday when he won the seat, he is also in decent position so far with 15k in chips, just over the average.