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April 18, 2011

A San Diego man took home a first place prize of $100,000 at Viejas Casino's Poker Classic III tournament on Sunday.

"I don't know yet but I'm not going to be playing cards anymore today!"
The Poker Classic III kicked off Saturday morning, featuring hundreds of players testing their poker skills. It all came down to the final winning hand played Sunday afternoon by 49 year old Scott H. of San Diego, who was handed a check for $100,000 after his winning hand came up pocket aces.

Scott, a native of San Diego who hails from the Point Loma area, says he had a good feeling going into the tournament. "My wife told me, ‘honey, do good' and I said I was going to win."

Scott says the only plan he and his wife have for the winnings at this point is to spend some of it on their kids, who he joked needed new shoes. After the two-day tournament, Scott was asked what he planned to do with his afternoon. "I don't know yet but I'm not going to be playing cards anymore today!" Scott said. He added that he was satisfied with just going home and hugging his wife and kids.

In addition to Scott, another nine players in the tournament took home winnings ranging from $10,650 to $3,000. Viejas is the only casino in the San Diego area with a dedicated poker club and this is the third year in a row Viejas Casino has awarded this generous purse.

Viejas Casino General Manager David Williams said, "We're thrilled for Scott and his family, and all the other winners in the Poker Classic III. The tournament created a lot of excitement on the casino floor this weekend, and it will continue throughout April - with promotions in bingo, slots and table games."

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