Matt Perrins blossoming poker career took another giant leap forward this evening, winning his second career gold bracelet in the $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament, one of the last competitions before the Main Event Championship commences play just a day away.Perrins topped a field of 784 players in the three-day tournament and collected $792,275 in prize money for winning his second WSOP title. He steamrolled over the final table on Day Three, giving a rowdy rail or British supporters a much-anticipated reason to celebrate.Perrins, a 25-year-old professional poker player from Rochdale, U.K.became the third British winner at this year's WSOP, following wins by Barney Boatman and Matthew Ashton. All three of these victories have come in the last week of WSOP action after a long dry spell from the normally strong-performing Brits.Perrins first victory took place two years ago when he won the $1,500 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Lowball (No-Limit). However, this victory meant a lot more to Perrins for several reasons.First and foremost, Perrins won more than seven times the amount of prize money than his first win. The victory also came in one of the more prestigious No-Limit events on the schedule, which is a higher buy-in tournament, which attracted a much more concentrated field stacked with tough players. Finally, Perrins earned this victory in front of a huge crowd of friends and supporters who chanted constantly and were ultimately rewarded with the perfect payoff. When asked if it gets any better in poker than this moment, Perrins reflected quietly for a moment and answered, “I'm not sure I can top this, to be honest.”
MEET GOLD BRACELET WINNER – MATT PERRINS
Name: Matt Perrins
Current Residence: Rochdale (England)
Birthplace: Rochdale (England)
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Professional Poker Player
Previous Occupation: Engineer
WSOP Cashes (including this event): 4
First WSOP Cash (year): 2011
WSOP Final Table Appearances: 2
WSOP Wins (with this victory): 2
WSOP Career Earnings: $907,709INTERVIEW WITH THE CHAMPION
WSOP: How does it feel to win your second WSOP gold bracelet as opposed to the first?
Perrins: It's not even close. This one really means a lot to me. It's like with this one I am really verified as a player.
WSOP: Many people say their first win is the most special. You are saying this one matter more?
Perrins: It's unbelievable. My first one – I really loved it. Deuce-to-Seven is great and everything, but this is really one that I wanted. And then, it happened. It really happened.
WSOP: At what point did you start thinking you might win?
Perrins: To be honest, after Day One I really thought I might win it. I was feeling really good the whole series.
WSOP: So, what are you going to go out and buy with the $792K that you just won?
Perrins: Nothing yet. I really haven't thought about it. It was more about winning the bracelet.
WSOP: You enjoyed the rowdiest rail so far at this year's series. Was that a factor in your victory?
Perrins: I don't know what to say. I've got some amazing friends and they are all legends.
WSOP: Tell us about how the tournament progressed for you.
Perrins: Day One I won five or six big pots during the middle of the day where I was all-in. Day Two was a really good day. That's when I really started feeling it. And I went on from there.
WSOP: This atmosphere on the event of the Main Event is really special isn't it? Is there a better time to win a gold bracelet than right now?
Perrins: It's really amazing. I mean, it's a second gold bracelet. I was watching the WSOP on TV four or five years ago and to think I would win a gold bracelet....and now, I've won two. I don't know what to say.
WSOP: How do you top this moment, with such a big payday, a second gold bracelet, and all your friends here.
Perrins: I'm not sure I can top this, to be honest.