Matt Walsh wins big at WPT League Illawarra Autumn Festival

Matt Walsh’s costumed capers in the WPT League Illawarra Autumn Festival have added up to more than $20,000 in tournament cashes, including victory in the $250 buy-in Feature Event.

The 42-year-old from Shoalhaven, who has quickly gained notoriety in the Illawarra scene for his creative dress, topped a field of 299 total entries to claim the title after shaking hands on a heads-up deal with runner-up Kane Parkes.

Together with his third-place finishes in the High Roller and Teams Event, along with a min-cash in the Accumulator, it added up to more than $20,000 in tournament earnings across the entire series.

Walsh told PokerMedia Australia that he plans to use some of that prize money for a well-earned holiday over in Vietnam with his partner.

2023 WPT LEAGUE ILLAWARRA AUTUMN FESTIVAL FEATURE EVENT ($250 buy-in, 299 entries, 26 players paid)*

1stMatt Walsh$10,000*
2ndKane Parkes$13,000*
3rdJaidon Core$7,400*
4thNemo Knezevic$6,000
5thRosa Spencer$3,600
6thRory Kiely$2,700
7thMitch Webster$2,000
8thTroy Sweet$1,500
9thAndrew Reiken$1,000
*Denotes mutually agreed deal. Final table results shown; full results available at

In other major results, WPT League Illawarra Ambassador Adrian Pacheco took home his second career champion’s ring in the Accumulator after having won the same event in last year’s QPC Illawarra series, while Nathan Bartley laid claim to his third career mid-tier title in the Pot Limit Omaha.

This year’s festival also showcased the very first Mystery Bounty tournament ever held in the Illawarra region, which saw Dwayne Bocking steamroll the final table in a little over two hours, but it was runner-up Nigel Cohen that picked the Grand Bounty of $4,000.

The next WPT League Championship series will return to the Pavilion Poker Room in Sydney from 20 April to 8 May before heading back to the Seagulls Club on the Kings Birthday weekend in June. For more information, including the location of your nearest venue, visit

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