Michiana man wins $268,000 in world poker tournament

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

A South Bend man won big following a four-day-long poker tournament this past weekend.

Josh Williams competed in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event held at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, Williams walked away with $268,000, a WSOP gold ring and complimentary seat at the May 2013 National Poker Championship in New Orleans, a $10,000 buy-in value. The second and third place players took home $267,000 and $240,000 respectively.

Williams, who began dabbling in poker during his years at John Glenn High School in Walkerton, began playing competitively in 2003. Until now, his largest win was $11,500.

So what will he do with his prize money? Williams plans to use some of the funds to buy a fuel-efficient vehicle, while making mortgage payments on a home he recently purchased with his girlfriend.

On Wednesday, life will return to relative normalcy for the poker prince, when he reports to work at the Utilimaster plant in Wakarusa.

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