The Real Deal triumphs at Poker in the Park

The Real Deal triumphs at Poker in the Park

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield showed that he is just as handy on the virtual poker felt as he is in the boxing ring after winning his heads up challenge match at Poker in the Park.

Thousands of poker and boxing fans were on hand to see Holyfield defeat midland dad Leif G (known online as GutShotRot) in the special marquee.

“It’s like fighting,” Holyfield explained before the live tournament. “If you want to win you have to focus and prepare and that’s exactly what I did for this tournament just like I do for any challenge.”

“Leif was a challenging opponent but I managed to stay on top. I was really pleased with my win,“ continued Holyfield.

The Shropshire based challenger won his seat against the five time Heavyweight Champion of the World after winning a special series of qualifiers at, the site that uses real cards rather than random number generators to create hands.

“It was a shame I lost but I was excited and pleased about the whole experience of coming to London with my family and meeting Evander and the RealDealPoker team,” said Holyfield's opponent. “I noticed that Evander was really focused from the start. Playing one-on-one is a different kind of game for me and I’ll take a second shot at knocking him out during the freeroll game this Sunday.”

It wasn't all bad news for GutShotRot though who pocketed a quarter of the €2,300 prize pool as well as some tremendous bragging rights.

Evander Holyfield will play in this Sunday’s €500 FreeRoll match at 8pmGMT. Visit for more info.

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