LAS VEGAS– Westminster alum Garry Gates worked his way to top five at the final table at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP), but on Monday night he was eliminated. He finished in fourth place out of hundreds who entered the competition earlier this month at the Rio Convention Center. But fourth place comes with a 3-million dollar payday.
“Those are some world-class poker players,” Gates said after his elimination. “I don’t do this for a living. Just to get this far and to have all this love and support along the way, I knew I had already won.”
Gates says the experience has changed his life and he calls himself lucky.
Poker News reports Gates was eliminated from play in hand #120 when he went all-in for 29.2 million. The action all played out on ESPN.
Gates, who received his degree in English from Westminster College in 2003, started the night in second place and was popular with the Las Vegas home crowd. The Titusville, Pennsylvania native lives in nearby Henderson and is a survivor of the 2017 Vegas shooting massacre at the Route 91 Harvest festival. That shooting killed 58 people. Gates shared his experience from that tragic event in a WCN 24/7 interview a few months afterward.
Gates is Senior Consultant of Player Affairs for PokerStars Live, an online poker room. He had a passion for poker during his days as an undergraduate. He went to Nevada after graduation started writing about the game and a poker blogger. Gates worked one of his first jobs as a reporter at the WSOP. Years later, he started entering it. Gates calls a “summertime poker player ” on his Twitter handle.
Poker News reports this is Gate’s fourth cash in seven WSOP Main Events. He placed 173rd in 2011 for $47,107, and also cashed in 2015 and 2017.
The WSOP is a $10,000 buy-in No-limit Texas Hold’em World Championship. The 2019 championship resumes play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday continues until there’s a winner.