The dust has settled following Nic Manion's stunning and wild ride to a $2.85-million payday at the World Series of Poker's Main Event.
Now, the Muskegon poker pro — who said he figures he never made more than $30,000 in a single year before his Main Event windfall, whether it was from his days playing cards or time delivering mail — finally is having some fun with his winnings.
He recently shared with The News pictures of two fancy cars sitting in his driveway. When asked which one he had just bought, his response was, "Both."
Winners of big poker paydays take different approaches to spending. Some are thrifty, like 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada (who finished fifth this year, and won two more bracelets), from Shelby Township. After his world-championship win, Cada bought a condo in Canada so he could continue playing online poker, but not a whole lot else. He long joked (at least we think he was joking) that he still wore the same clothes he wore in high school. Meanwhile, 2013 Main Event champion, Ryan Riess from Clarkston, who is more of a socialite who likes to travel to locales across the world.
Manion, meanwhile, purchased a 2019 Corvette Z06 and a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax LTZ, both in what seems to be his favorite color — blue. An outdoor enthusiast, he also bought a 2019 Cherokee Wolf Pack hauler.
"We've always went to the U.P. camping and stuff," Manion said earlier this week.
"And my parents can now travel and use this stuff whenever, and my sister, her husband and their 2-year-old. So it's not just for me, but a family investment thing."
Manion, 35, finished fourth in the WSOP Main Event, the most-prestigious poker tournament in the world, this one beginning with 7,874 players. Of the $2.85 million, he was entitled to a little less than half. The friend who staked him into the Main Event was due 50 percent, another friend was due 3 percent, and another friend a half-a-percent. The friend who staked him, Jeremy Martin, also from Muskegon, actually returned Manion a "tip" upon his payout, and told him to pick out a car he liked.
Manion also still is due about $60,000 for wearing poker sponsorship patches during his time at the Main Event final table. So, yeah, all in all, it was a heck of a July.
And August is off to a darn good start, too.
"It became a reality, for sure," Manion said of the moment the wire transfer from the WSOP went into his bank account. "Like, 'Wow, it's happened.'"
Manion now is back to playing poker at some of his favorite casinos, such as Little River in Manistee, Firekeepers in Battle Creek and Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, where he was heading to Saturday afternoon.