Brian Barboza, who won $100,000 on “Million Dollar Poker Challenge” that aired on Fox 25 on Sunday, will now be going to Los Angeles in December to take a shot at another $100,000 and possibly a $1 million pot.
Brian Barboza, who won $100,000 on “Million Dollar Poker Challenge” that aired on Fox 25 on Sunday, will now move on to Los Angeles in December to take a shot at another $100,000 and possibly a $1 million pot.
Barboza of Raynham said Monday that he’s “exhausted” after trying to keep the outcome of three poker tournaments — filmed in Los Angeles in October — a secret until the show aired on Sunday.
“I feel very, very relieved. It was like a weight taken off my shoulders. And after the show, I got the best sleep that I’ve had in two months,” he said.
Barboza and about a 100 friends gathered at the Charley Horse Restaurant in West Bridgewater to watch the nationally televised show. And Barboza said that he has also received numerous messages and telephone calls since the show from fellow members of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School’s Class of 1996.
“One girl sent me a message saying that, while flying home on an airplane, she had seen me while switching channels. And another friend from Utah said that he had been surprised to see me on the show. So I guess it worked out,” he said.
Barboza, said that he and friends Myles MacKinnon and Cliff Oliver — also part of the Bridgewater-Raynham Class of 1996, and who have been acting as his “buddies” or support during the show — will fly to California “sometime in December” to film the second segment of the tournament.
He will play against four or five other winners for another $100,000 pot and then, if he wins, he will play against poker champion Daniel Negreanu for $1 million.
Barboza qualified for the show, sponsored by pokerstars.net, by winning an online poker tournament, where he competed against 10,000 other players, and then sending a video of himself and his two friends to pokerstars.net.
While in Los Angels in October, he played against Jayde Nicole, 2008 Playboy Playmate of the Year and a member of “The Hills” cast for a trip for two to Bermuda.
After beating Nicole, he then won $25,000 after taking on professional poker player Vanessa Rousso.
But in order to qualify for the $100,000 pot, that he was shown winning on Sunday while playing against Negreanu, he had to forfeit both prizes.
“Twenty-five thousand dollars was a lot of money,” Barboza said, “but it was my best chance to win.”
Noting that he will not have to forfeit the $100,000 he won to appear on the final segment of the show, Barboza 31, a liquor salesman for Horizon Beverage of Avon, said that “the way I look at it, I might as well take a shot at it.”