Pieter's poker face

Brisbane Roar’s Belgian import Pieter Collen outplayed and outlasted some of Queensland’s greatest sporting icons to claim victory at the Aussie Legends Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament at Conrad Treasury last week.

Brisbane Roar-s Belgian import Pieter Collen outplayed and outlasted some of Queensland-s greatest sporting icons to claim victory at the Aussie Legends Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament at Conrad Treasury last week.

Along with Roar captain Matt McKay, Collen gambled, bluffed and took his chances against a host of past and present sports stars to win $5000 for his charity of choice, the Royal Brisbane Children-s Hospital.

An occasional poker player, Collen bided his time in the early hands before pouncing at the final table.

“In the beginning I was little slow and waited for the right times,” he said.

“At the end in heads up I went for it, because you don-t need that many good cards.”

Claiming the tournament with a king high, Collen said he needed some help from lady luck when it came down to the final two.

“I had a king and three of diamonds and the other had a queen and eight of clubs,” he said.

“I was a bit lucky but I had the best odds.”

Still a newcomer to Brisbane, Collen said he wasn-t bothered facing sporting greats such as Ian Healy, Steven Bradbury, Jamie Charman and a host of other sporting identities.

This is the second year in a row a Roar player has won a celebrity charity poker tournament, with former squad member Bob Malcolm winning $5000 for Epilepsy Queensland last year.