WSOP 2013: "The Mirage One" freed to (belatedly) collect a hard-earned second bracelet

The great English philosopher Roger Scruton writes extensively about what it means to be English. In his book England, an elegy, Scruton detailed the characteristics that are synonymous with the quintessential Englishman. So too the impression it stirs in the minds of non-English observers, which, as some have found this week, can lead to confusion.

It was a passage from the book that came to mind during the first break of the day when Englishman Matt Perrins took to the stage to collect his bracelet as winner of the $5,000 no-limit hold'em event, which he took down last week. It was a delayed ceremony, postponed after Perrins allegedly jumped into the Mirage volcano pool.

As you might expect, that in turn led to a slight misunderstanding with the authorities who mistook dancing in the Mirage pool for wanton disregard for private property.

Let's turn to Scruton:

"English eccentricity... was the opposite of showing off, and quite without theatrical intentions. It was in fact a kind of punctiliousness. The Englishman, by his very mixture of reserve and adventurousness, found himself living among strangers, with nothing to guide him besides customs and rituals invented in another place and another time and for another purpose."

The defence rests.

It may not be that Perrins knew of this depiction as the flashing red and blue lights pulled up and men stepped out, presumably carrying fishing rods. Nevertheless, it could be said that this was Perrins merely adhering to the behaviour expected of a man who had just demolished a final table to win $792,275, and a second WSOP bracelet.

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Matt Perrins in action on the EPT

Then, unaware of proper etiquette in such circumstances, Perrins merely adapted as best he could, starting by drinking beer from a shoe shortly after winning and then going for his swim. Let's not forget, in certain city centres across the United Kingdom this is considered normal, if not mandatory, not least for its plentiful provision of footage for the emergency-services-reality-television-shows, a growth industry.

Effel was delighted to welcome Perrins to the stage, unshackled and in one piece. It was an arrival that prompted distant cheers from his fellow Brits.

"There will be a party at the Mirage pool tonight," announced Effel, handing a freedom loving Perrins his bracelet. Since then Perrins has been away from his seat, replaced by a bag of food with "M. Perrins" scrawled across it with felt tip pen. I checked the pool, he's not there.

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Matt Perrins is back

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter. Pictures courtesy of Poker Photo Archive.