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No-Skill Poker Tourney Nets $10 Million Prize

A Massachusetts man won $10 million in a poker tournament that required no skill whatsoever. In other words, it wasn’t really a poker tournament.

Eugene Condon Jr. from East Falmouth, Massachusetts was the lucky winner of a contest sponsored by the Massachusetts State Lottery. Billed as a “simulated Hold’em poker tournament,” the event started with a field of 560 players who each had won $2,000. Hole cards were dealt to the players electronically and the community cards were distributed without allowing any betting. The winners advanced to the next rounds based solely on the luck of the cards.

The final 64 players each took home $10,000 and the last dozen players standing collected $50,000. Three remaining players became instant millionaires when Lady Luck shined their way and the 51-year-old Condon took home the grand prize of $10 million, the Boston Globe reported.

The Massachusetts State Lottery said that no other state has held such a contest, which was the grand finale of a lottery instant ticket game.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.