CASCOM NCO Wins Army Poker Tourney
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A month after winning the Fort Lee MWR Texas Hold’em Tournament, Staff Sgt. James Morris, Combined Arms Support Command, tried his luck against the rest of the world.

Morris competed online in the Army MWR tournament finals Saturday, against 51 installation winners from around the world.

Each player began the tournament with $1,500 in poker chips, seated at one of the six online tables named after the lavish Las Vegas Casinos (Harrah’s, Mirage, Bellagio, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and Venetian).

Morris commanded the early lead at the Harrah’s table as he conquered his opponents one-by-one.

However, the player from McAlester Army Ammunition Plant proved to be a bit harder to control as the two went heads up to move onto the final table. Morris eventually called his bluff to advance to the final table.

By making the final table, Morris would compete against the five other table winners to be named the Army World Champion.

All finalists were automatically eligible for winning one of the six prizes for the tournament.

Once the final table began, players again started with $1,500. Morris swiftly jumped to a fast lead again, controlling the table like a pro, as if he were at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

As the table continued, three players were quickly eliminated, leaving two other competitors from Camp Darby and Aberdeen Proving Ground to battle it out against Morris.

APG proved to be a worthy opponent for Morris as the two went heads-up to be the champion. Up and down the lead would change, until Morris landed his knock-out blow, making him the Army World Texas Hold’em Champion

When asked about how he did in the tournament against his competitors, Morris said, “I consider myself a fundamentally sound poker player with a lot of experience. Winning the Army poker tournament reinforces my opinion that if you stick to the basics and take advantage of other players’ weaknesses, you will do just fine.”

Morris not only won the title as World Champion but walked away with a new home theater system. When asked what he was going to do with his new prize Morris insists that, it will look great in his living room.

“I would like to thank MWR for putting together a great tournament for the Soldiers,” said Morris. “I am looking forward to seeing more of them in the future and hopefully winning them as well.”