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John Hesp

The journey of 64-year-old John Hesp became the biggest story of the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2017. The alluring details of his story ran the gamut: the crazy clothes, the amateur background, a family man ready to see his wife, the uncanny poker instincts, the fun vibe, and the table talk. That list could go on and on about this player from Bridlington, U.K.

Many in the poker world identified with John Hesp and his attempts to inject some fun back into the game as his deep run continued in Las Vegas – ultimately finishing fourth for $2.6 million. In a poker world dominated by young pros, even those in the game found his appearance on the scene refreshing. After his run came to an end, John said "Words can't explain the incredible excitement and wonderful, fantastic, amazing, and delightful time I've had," he told ESPN. I've loved it, I've lived a dream."

The book and the movie are now in the pipeline and you will be fascinated to listen to his story.