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Mattress Mack-Backed Group at WPT Choctaw Fixing Image of Poker Stables

Fourteen players, some of whom are present at the WPT Choctaw Main Eventwill be supported this summer at World Series of Poker (WSOP) from Houston sports betting legend Jim McIngvale (aka “Mattress Mack”), and they seek to reinvent the image of the poker stables following the Bryn Kenney alleged cheating scandal.

Mattress Mack, who generated her wealth as the owner of the Gallery Furniture mattress chain (hence her nickname), is known for placing seven-figure bets on sporting events such as the Super Bowl and the NCAA Tournament. Next month, it will invest in talented local poker players, including DJ Alexander, Will Nguyenand Will Leffingwellwho PokerNews spoke with at Choctaw before the start of day 1b.

“I think it makes people think that players from the same stable are trying to play together,” Leffingwell said of the image of poker stables Kenney may have created. “Online it could happen, but I feel like if people are smart enough in fields of 2,000 or 3,000 players, they can see it’s almost impossible to play together.”

They have already created a team name — the poker stallions – and have instagram and Youtube pages set up with chronicle plans of their trip throughout the summer.

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Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale

Leffingwell, a poker pro from Houston, ran deep at Choctaw in January, taking 19th place in a WSOP Tour Event. Last summer he finished second to Social premium in a no-limit hold’em tournament for over $150,000, particularly impressive considering he’s more of a gambler. Mattress Mack noticed his talents and decided he wanted to invest some money in poker.

“(Mattress Mack) told a friend of mine he wanted to meet me, so I ended up meeting him and he told me he wanted to put people in the Main Event this year,” Leffingwell said. . “So, he told me, I need a Cowboy to get me horses to go over there (to Las Vegas) this summer.”

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Leffingwell has assembled a team of Houston-area pros — 14 players – who will all live together and compete on the same medium at the 2022 WSOP in Las Vegas. McIngvale will give each of them $40,000 to spend on tournaments, $10,000 of which will cover the cost of the Main Event. It also pays their travel expenses. In total, he invests $560,000 in the team.

The roster is headed by Alexander, who won a WSOP bracelet last fall in the $1,000 Flip & Go No-Limit Hold’em event, a score of $180,665. But that wasn’t even close to his biggest cash ever.

In 2017, he finished runner-up in the $1,500 WSOP Millionaire Maker for $754,499 and has $2.8 million in lifetime live tournament cashes according to The Hendon Crowd. Alexander, one of Houston’s top pros, fires his second shot in the WPT Choctaw Main Event on Saturday after a tough Day 1a session.

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DJ Alexander

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McIngvale’s 14 poker horses are all essentially freerolling this summer, but the pressure to win is just as high as if they were playing on their own. It’s because the Houston sports fanatic is giving them the opportunity to earn some life-changing money.

The trio of horses PokerNews spoke to explained that McIngvale will each allow them to keep 40% of their individual profits. He will pocket most of the rest of the winnings, and the player who wins the most during the summer will receive an additional financial bonus.

Although each player plays individually, they are all encouraged to support each other. The more money the team as a whole earns, the bigger the bonuses will be at the end of the summer. And the players on the team are all friends, so they want each other to succeed regardless.

Each player can individually select summer events to play, including tournaments outside of the WSOP in Las Vegas. But there will be team strategy involved in picking these events, as Leffingwell explains.

“If there’s a big Venetian field and a big Wynn field and a big WSOP field on the same day, we kind of want to put two of us each in one so we can have a chance of winning three top prizes instead of all of us are playing the same tournament,” Leffingwell said. “But I think different players are going to use different strategies.”

Team members will each have $30,000 to spend on tournaments throughout the summer beyond the WSOP Main Event. It will be imperative for them to choose wisely, because those who do not make a profit will not earn a penny, and it would be a disappointing summer. Any player who makes even a small profit will be eligible to receive a bonus from Mattress Mack.

There will be team and individual strategies in play to determine the best events to attend.

“I’m playing a pretty heavy schedule (this summer), pretty much anything up to $10,000,” Alexander said, explaining that there’s prestige that comes with playing the WSOP, but also acknowledging that there are other events in which he will participate. if the value is better.

A love for Choctaw

Leffingwell is competing in the The flagship event of the WPT Choctaw in a casino which he finds nostalgic. In the early 2000s, he made lifelong friends at Southern Oklahoma Casino who will be part of the Poker Stallions this summer. And they all have nicknames he wanted to mention.

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Real name Nickname
Will Leffingwell “Poker Cowboy”
Bob Side “Tattoo”
Pejman Niyati “Prime Time Premo”
Dejaunté “DJ” Alexander “Flip & Go DJ”
Will Nguyen “Tilly”
Matt Colvin “Crazy Mat”
David Mzareulov “Russian David”
Scott Dulaney “Firefighter”
Logan Hewitt “Wookiee”
Kris Burchfield “The Locks of Love”
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jerry “The Joker”
Kyle Arora “Diamond Hands”

*We have been informed that Sonny is a “legend and legends don’t have nicknames”.

“It’s always been a special place for me,” Leffingwell said of the Choctaw Casino. “I met Will (Nguyen) here, I met five or six of the studs here probably over 10 years ago, so it’s pretty cool that we’re here now.”

For now, the Poker Stallions will focus on the action in the world poker tourand maybe we’ll see one of them at the final table on May 26, which takes place in Las Vegas. It would definitely be a great way to start the summer and probably make Mattress Mack more comfortable in her investment.