Poker fans at the 39th World Series of Poker in Las Vegas earlier this month were invited by online gambling group Betfair to estimate the number of poker chips filling a spanking new, fire engine red Mini Cooper convertible. The prize was a VIP sponsored package to this year's World Series of Poker Europe.
Betfair’s sponsored pros Annette Obrestad, John Tabatabai & Sorel Mizzi helped prepare the cult car, filling it to the roof before sealing it off behind perspex. Assisted by Betfair’s air stewardesses the whole process took well over an hour and, once it had been safely secured, the number of chips was verified.
While some people tried to bribe Betfair staff as to the number of chips, others used a more scientific approach, measuring the width of an average chip and enquiring about the internal volume of the car.
In the end it was good old fashioned guessing that did it for Marcus Gustafson, who's entry among thousands was within an astonishing three chips of the right amount – 127 644.
It won him a VIP place at this year’s WSOP Europe Main Event in London. The Swedish poker pro's prize includes the buy-in to the Main Event, accommodation at a top hotel and flights to London later on in the year. Gustafson will be competing in the GBP 10 000 main event which starts on the 27th of September and concludes on 2nd October.
The WSOP Europe sponsored by Betfair starts on September 19th and is the only place outside of the US to win a sanctioned poker bracelet.