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WSOP Bracelet winner Richard Austin declines media limelight

22/6/2009
For most poker players, winning a World Series of Poker event is the stuff dreams are made of. As well as securing a bumper first prize, you also grab your place in the history books as well as enjoy your 15 minutes of fame within the poker media. Not so for Richard Austin though, who declined his chance to be at the center of attention.

Following his win against a field of 363 in the £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, Austin took the rather unusual move of declining to be interviewed by the media folks at the event. The media release for the event read as follows:

“Following Austin’s victory, he declined to be interviewed. Furthermore, Austin refuses to participate in the traditional WSOP gold bracelet ceremony. This means there will be no gold bracelet ceremony held on Saturday, June 20th.”

While the reasons for Austin’s abstinence are being debated, the lack of interview does rub salt in the wounds of second-placed Sorel Mizzi. The Team Betfair pro finished second in a WSOPE event last fall, and following such a close run at his debut bracelet, Austin might have at least offered his thoughts on the quality of opposition he had to overcome. Instead, Austin disappears into the distance with his first WSOP bracelet and $409,484.
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