Toronto grandad lives poker dream

Morris Dadoun of Toronto made poker headlines in Bahamas.

A Toronto granddad made Poker headlines in January, rubbing shoulders with sporting greats at a star-studded tournament in the Bahamas. 84-year old Morris Dadoun had the time of his life competing in the main event of the 2017 PokerStars Bahamas championships after winning a seat at the table at a Toronto charity tournament last December. The octogenarian didn’t even realize the prestige of his prize until he was approached by a younger Poker pro who offered to purchase it, but he wasn’t to be swayed from living his poker dream. In an interview with Poker Listings, Morris explained that he is “at an age where I should have been retired…but I enjoy my age and I do everything I can…Stacking chips is fun! I’m not afraid of participating in something that seems to be so challenging.”
And challenging it could have been on the first day of play when Morris found himself sitting at a table with golfing legend Sergio Garcia and top poker pros including David Peters, Ramin Hajiyev, Daniel Negreanu and Olivier Busquet. He made easy work of taking out Garcia and for most of Sunday 8th January he was chip leader with his impressive stack. Towards the end of play he was passes by eventual chip leader James Martyn, but came in in the Top 10 at the close of the day with a total of $112,800 in chips. Not bad going for a man who may just have been the oldest player to compete at a table at that particular event!
But playing against pros of such calibre came did come with its drawbacks at first, in an online interview with PokerNews Morris said how he ‘was just dreaming, still in the clouds about being here’. But his fellow players were patient: ‘They even helped me…like helped me by saying ‘It’s your turn’ or ‘You have to put in so much.’ It didn’t take him long to grasp the rules of play and he beat both Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu and the young up and comer Bradley Snider taking himself over the 100k-chip mark in the process!
Sadly, making the record books was not on the cards for Morris. During Day 2 of play he lost a significant portion of his impressive stack and eventually met his demise in the hand of Davidi Kitai. So it was back to Toronto for the pensioner and the local tournament where he’s been playing for over 40 years. And although he didn’t make the Poker Hall of Fame this time around, if he plays his cards right there’s always another chance next year!

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