KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ’EM: Ballina man Jamie Hammond won the 2008 Indy Poker Tournament at Jupiter’s Casino on the weekend. Jamie took home $25,000 for his first place, outlasting 60 other poker players.
KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ’EM: Ballina man Jamie Hammond won the 2008 Indy Poker Tournament at Jupiter’s Casino on the weekend. Jamie took home $25,000 for his first place, outlasting 60 other poker players.

Ballina poker player scoops up $25,000

JAMIE HAMMOND, of East Ballina, knows when to hold ’em. He won $25,000 in the Indy Poker Tournament on the Gold Coast last weekend.

The 33-year-old web design student said he was surprised by his win.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said.

Mr Hammond competed against 60 other card players in three rounds of heats, and said staying sober was his only strategy.

“I don’t drink when I’m playing because it’s too stressful,” he said.

Mr Hammond plays cards twice a week with his mates, Clint Colless, who came fourth, and John Harley, both of Ballina. The mates usually play together for $100, but Mr Hammond said the tournament’s $500 entry fee was worth it.

He is now planning on taking a few weeks off to catch some waves in Bali.


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