A large winner at the EPT Prague High Roller will be keeping his pizza job. The gambling industry hopes for the best as the Trump administration nears the Inauguration. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
Patrick Serda to Stay at Pizza Gig
Despite winning €719,000 at the EPT High Roller a few days ago, Patrick Serda has said he will likely keep his job as a waiter at a Winnipeg pizzeria. Even though Serda won more money in the High Roller, he did not finish as the official winner of the tournament. That honor went to Wil Kassouf.
Of his day job, he says he has no plans to leave. “I’m super happy to go back. I love it there — great people and great regulars — and I’d be happy to go back.”
This was not Serda’s first big win. He claimed a $250,000 prize at a September event, according to CBC. His Hendon Mob profile does not reflect this win but he does have smaller five figure cashes dating back to 2013. Even though Serda will be going back to Winnipeg, he has stated his intentions to play PCA and the Aussie Millions next year.
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