mattress mack wpt choctaw Fourteen players, some of whom are in attendance at the WPT Choctaw Main Event , will have the backing this summer at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) from Houston sports betting legend Jim McIngvale (aka “Mattress Mack”), and they look to reinvent the image of poker stables following the Bryn Kenney alleged cheating scandal .
Mattress Mack, who generated his wealth as the owner of the Gallery Furniture mattress chain (hence the nickname), is known to place seven-figure wagers on sporting events such as the Super Bowl and NCAA Tournament. Next month, he’ll make an investment on some talented local poker players, including DJ Alexander , Will Nguyen , and Will Leffingwell , whom PokerNews spoke with at Choctaw prior to the start of Day 1b.
“I think it makes people think that players in the same stable are trying to play together,” Leffingwell said of the image of poker stables that Kenney may have created. “Online it could happen, but I feel like live if people are smart enough in fields of 2,000 or 3,000 players, they can see that it’s almost impossible to play together.”
They’ve already created a team name — the Poker Stallions — and have Instagram and YouTube pages set up with plans of chronicling their journey throughout the summer. Staked by Mattress Mack
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale Leffingwell, a Houston poker pro, ran deep at Choctaw back in January, taking 19th in a WSOP Circuit event. Last summer, he finished runner-up at Prime Social in a no-limit hold’em tournament for over $150,000, especially impressive considering he’s more of a cash game specialist. Mattress Mack took notice of 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 some people in the Main Event this year,” Leffingwell said. “So, he told me, I need a Cowboy to find me some horses to go out there (to Las Vegas) this summer.”
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