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October 27, 2006.

Tucker Keeling From Bixby, Oklahome Wins Party Casino's $250,000 World Blackjack Championship.

38-year-old player Tucker Keeling from Bixby, Oklahoma, won the inaugural $250,000 PartyPoker's World BlackJack Championship on board the Million V in the Caribbean last week. Tucker took home $113,000 first prize but has suffered from ALS, a motor neurone disease, for five years. In 2001 he was given between two and five years to live. He credits his good luck charm - a little Buddha statue - with bringing him the luck to win the tournament.

“I suppose I've beaten the odds in more ways than one,“ said Tucker. "I've been beating the odds for five years, I’m delighted to win. My illness meant I had to quit work some time ago. I had a serious amount of luck in the tournament. Even going into the last hand I didn’t think I was going to win but I hit 20, which proved to be enough. In the semi- finals, I only won by $25 after betting all my chips and catching BlackJack. It was one hell of a ride," added the winner.

Tucker certainly knows his BlackJack. He dealt cards in Vegas for 12 years. He qualified for the tournament online through a raffle on Party Poker. He also tried to qualify for the main $5 million limit hold’em poker event but didn’t get through the special satellite qualifier on the first Sunday of the cruise.

"My little Buddha statue brought me great luck. I’d have him sat at the table by my cards. In the first round I nearly went out but I didn’t have him with me then. In every other round I had the statue sitting there bringing me good fortune."

Tucker is married to Lori, 32, a pit manager of a casino in Oklahoma, who works while Tucker rests at home and she was delighted by the win. “It is really great news, he really deserves it,? she said. As for the money, Tucker is no doubt about what he’s going to do with it, “I’m going to enjoy it," he added.

A PartyCasino spokesman said: “Tucker’s story is inspirational. We are both glad and sad for him at the same time. There couldn’t have been a better winner." is the PartyGaming brand that offers over 45 online casino games including several versions of blackjack, slots, video poker and more. New players can collect up to $200 free (120% match bonus) with their first deposit.

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