Ballina poker player scoops up $25,000
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.