John Hesp: The Movie!

John Hesp with the "John Hesp Poker Chair" freshly installed in the poker room at Hesp's local casino, Napoleons in Hull.

Brit Grandad John Hesp was in many ways the star of this year's WSOP Main Event as the retired caravan salesman entertained the players and the rail alike with his upbeat happy-go-lucky personality and his garish wardrobe. In fact it seems that it wasn't just the players and the fans who were beguiled by the 64 year old's charms as Hesp has recently confirmed that a feature film charting his remarkable journey from Bridlington to Las Vegas is in the pipeline!

Talking to his local newspaper Hull Daily Mail Hesp said,

"It's such a feel good happy story. I got contacted by two or three producers when I was out in Vegas, including some Hollywood names, but I elected to go with a UK based company." He continued,  "The offer is formalised in writing and I've just got my legal team sorting things out. It's about 90 per cent through. We are talking several million pounds worth of budget for this film and they are looking at filming 25 per cent over here in Bridlington and 75 per cent in Vegas."

Hesp's story is certainly an inspiring one. Prior to his $2,600,000 win at the Main Event John Hesp had never spent more than £10 ($13) to enter a poker tournament, and his biggest ever win had been $1,000, exactly a month before his Main Event final table appearance. Having recently retired Hesp decided to go to Vegas with a friend to play in the Main Event simply to tick it off his bucket list saying, "I went there to enjoy myself and to satisfy and urge on my bucket list which I had had in my mind for a couple of years"

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Above: John Hesp during his deep run at this year's WSOP Main Event


Hesp briefly held the chip lead with 8 players remaining out of the 7,221 starters but eventually ended up busting in 4th place, still good for a life-changing multi-million dollar payday. Hesp, however, didn't seem in the least bit phased about the money and it fact credits his lack of concern for the payday, saying, "It was never about the money for me and to some extent, that is one of the reasons why I did quite well."

Last week Hesp returned to his local poker room at Napoleons Casino in Hull, the only other venue the 64 year old has ever played, although this time  he was there as a special guest so managers could unveil the John Hesp Poker Chair, which has been upholstered to resemble his signature patchwork jacket he wore in Vegas.

We await further developments with baited breath!

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