Toronto Man Comes in Second at WPT - Thursday 4th of May 2006

NEW YORK – Toronto's Davidson Matthew is $1,903,950 richer,after coming in second at the World Poker Tournament at the Bellagio in LasVegas. This tournament is regarded as the most prestigious in the world nextto the World Series of Poker Main event.

Matthew, who is known as "ATMKing" because he is president of a Toronto-based ATM company, qualified for the tournament through a $25 satellitetournament win on ParadisePoker.com allowing him to head to Las Vegas to takeon some of his poker idols. The unknown Matthew beat all but one of therenowned poker superstars!

Matthew began playing poker in February of 2004 and shifted his focus toonline poker at ParadisePoker.com in September of that year so he could playat his own convenience. His play on ParadisePoker.com earned him a trip toplay with the "Who's Who" of the poker world including poker legends likeDoyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, and young superstar Phil Ivey.

"I was honoured to play with these players. Everywhere I looked therewere faces I had seen on TV," said Matthew. "I approached the tournament in abusinesslike manner, my initial goal was to win $46,000, but as I advancedround after round I readjusted my expectations, and by the end I was going forit all!"

Down to the final two, Matthews faced local Las Vegas threat, JosephBartholdi. With just his wife there to cheer him on and his opponent boastingan entourage, Matthew (the button) led off and Bartholdi (big blind) checkedbehind him. The flop came up ace of hearts, nine of clubs and eight of hearts.Bartholdi checked, Matthew bet $800,000, Bartholdi raised to $2 million. Atthat point Matthew grabbed all of his chips and moved all-in. Bartholdicalled.

Matthew showed the ten and four of hearts for a flush draw. Bartholdishowed a nine of diamonds and a five of hearts for a pair of nines. The turnrevealed a two of diamonds and the river the ace of diamonds giving Bartholdithe win with two pairs.

With his winnings, Williams plans to pay off some debts and embark on aprofessional poker career.

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