Meet the Texas Champion of Poker

by , Nov 6, 2007 | 3:22 pm

Joe Wahlen

Joe Wahlen, from Austin, is technically and officially the best poker player in all of Texas right now.

What do you mean you haven’t heard of Joe “All In” Wahlen? He’s the reigning Texas state champion of poker!

Wahlen won the Texas State Poker Championship on Friday — an event put on in Austin by our good friends at the Texas Card Players Association and held at Radiator King.

It was a $200 buy-in (no rake) … 50 players total … making for a $10,000 prize pool. When they got down to the final table, the remaining players all decided to chop and finish up the tourney for the title and the trophy.

Not to take away from Joe’s accomplishment — his past successes at the table include taking second place in a freeroll at the Shoal Creek Saloon — but maybe the fact that a non-championship event in Oklahoma has a $1 million prize pool, and the Arizona State Championship paid out $250k for first place, will help persuade the people of Texas not to be pussies so small when it comes to state pride and poker. After all, that’s what the TCPA is working for.

Until then, big congrats to Joe, who as the world champion of Texas, is sure to be feared throughout the poker world.

4 Comments to “Meet the Texas Champion of Poker”

  1. Fubu

    At last, a potentionally worthy opponent to challenge the Great Fubu! Bring it on.

  2. Bennett Flanagan

    If we are to ever accomplish the kind of prize pool Dan mentioned for Oklahoma and Arizona, we need to get the law changed in Texas.

    Join us in our effort to legalize poker in Texas. Visit our website, join our grassroot effort and lets get poker legalized in Texas.

    Bennett Flanagan
    Texas Card Players Association

  3. donkey

    A true Texas champ. Tell him not to come to Dallas to play poker, he’ll eat our lunch.

  4. DanM

    Wait, are you talking about Fubu or Wahlen?