Sam gambles for charity

Ryder Cup skipper switches to poker

Golfmagic correspondent
Mon, 16 Dec 2002

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Sam Torrance gambled on putting his top names out first in the Ryder Cup singles and it paid off. Now he’ll be using his betting instincts to try to win a £100,000 jackpot for charity in a celebrity poker tournament.

The captain of the European team, who outfoxed the Americans at The Belfry in September will have a second chance to show his skills on Sky Sports next week when he’ll be keeping his cards just as close to his chest in the Poker Million Masters, which gets underway in London on Wednesday.

Thirty-five other sport and showbiz stars will also compete in a series of programmes leading up to a £250,000 showdown in March.

"I've been a bit of a gambler all my life and I think this poker tournament is going to be great fun," says Torrance who recalls his hard times as an assistant pro subsidising a meagre living with card schools and regular money-matches with members on the golf course.

"I enjoy the occasional flutter on the horses and like to have a bet on golf, convincing myself I know a bit more than the bookies, " Torrance told David Facey, in the Sun newspaper.

"We rarely play poker on Tour because your friends don't remain your friends too long playing such a cut-throat game. I prefer Kalouki and also play backgammon for small stakes.

"I'm looking forward to mixing with professional card sharks. We've got nothing to lose – the sponsors are putting up the stakes - and a lot to gain."



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