I love stories about regular people who get to live their dreams, so when I heard about WSOP freeroll qualifier Belinda Roberts I couldn’t resist writing about her. Roberts, a 49-year old Australian woman that used to work as a casino dealer, has taken her place in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
Roberts qualified for the World Series of Poker by playing in an exclusive VIP Champion Camp freeroll, held b PokerListings and 888. She earned a free spot in the WSOP Main Event, as well as a flight and accommodations from PokerListings and yesterday she took her seat at the Main Event to play alongside poker’s greatest players.
Roberts said, “I’ve been dreaming of sitting under these lights for so many years. I was actually planning on 2011 Aussie Millions and hopefully satellite into the Main Event.” Luckily she didn’t have to wait for Aussie Millions and was able to qualify from the online freeroll. Roberts says she has always been fascinated by poker. She has watched the WSOP and other televised poker events for years and now she gets to finally be a part of it.
When Roberts took her seat at the main event she was sporting an Australian bush hat with a fancy mosquito veil and was hard to miss. When asked about her hat she said, “It’s an Aussie thing to keep out all the flies. I suppose it’s something that identifies who I am and gives me the added bonus that you can’t see my face. It’s sort of a joke amongst my friends and family.”