Let’s face it, most of the news we hear is negative, especially so in the poker world. If you wonder sometimes what happened to good stories about good people read on for a nice story about a nice guy…
Larry Wright has been making the trek from his ranch in McQueeney, Texas to attend the World Series of Poker for 37 years. Mostly a low-mid stakes cash game player, Larry has played in a few WSOP events over the last 11 years, cashing in nine and making the final table in a $1,500 PLO event in 2008. But on Father’s Day Larry proved he has the ‘Wright’ stuff to win a bracelet, scoring one for the good guys of poker.
Over the years, Larry has made a slew of friends on his trips to Las Vegas to play poker. Tom McEvoy (who Larry says changed his life by getting him into playing No-Limit stakes), became a friend and mentor, and introduced Larry to Kathy Liebert. As he has done several times with others, Larry backed Kathy in a big tournament – and she won a million dollars. Other stories don’t turn out as well, but Larry has no regrets. Through the years he has helped dozens, if not hundreds of average Joe poker players, all people he considers friends and he admits he finds it almost impossible to say “No” to a friend.
Ask anyone who knows Larry and you will hear what a great guy he is, and great guys seem in short supply in the world of poker. We often hear of the degenerates, the accusations, the Twitter fights, so hearing something good about someone good, someone deserving of good fortune is a refreshing change.
If you need proof of the character of Larry Wright, just head back to Texas and visit WrightWay Trucking, the company Larry started over 40 years ago. When Larry decided to retire, he sold the company to those who helped him build it – his employees. And he made sure the terms of the cash sale were easy for them to handle – sale price $1.
It is no wonder that on Father’s Day when Larry had waded through 285 entries to make it to the final table of Event #30, No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball, the rail at the Rio was packed with fans, friends, his wife of 40 years and his children. The final table would be no walk in the park for this Texan however; he was facing four bracelet holders in a line-up that included Brandon Cantu, Andy Lichtenberger, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, Erick Lindgren, Rep Porter and Ryan Tepen.
As his cheering section yelled for him to show them all the “Wright Way” to play, Larry survived the tough table until he was heads-up with Cantu. After a total of six hours of final table play, Larry earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and $101.975 in cash. And the cash? It comes as no surprise that a member of his family let it slip that Larry will be donating a large chunk of it to a Missionary he supports who works in the Sudan. Yes Virginia, sometimes the good guys do win and they don’t all wear white hats – even if they are Texans.
Watch Larry’s interview.
Final table results:
Other former gold bracelet winners who also cashed in event #30 were John Phan (9th), Konstantin Puchkov (11th), Eric Seidel (13th), Jennifer Harman-Traniello (19th), Hasan Habib (20th), Dario Alioto (24th), Scott Fischman (25th), and David Sklansky (33rd).