American poker pro robbed of $30,000 in Oz

An American poker professional has been robbed at knife-point of his $30,000 (AUS) winnings from the Aussie Millions Poker Championship at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

Jason Potter, 22, of Oklahoma, was walking back to his hotel room after cashing in his chips ay Crown Casino when he was attacked at about 4.30am on Spencer Street bridge.

Potter revealed that he was hit in the back of the head by his attacker and knocked to the ground.

"I did briefly go to fight back until I saw the knife but ... no amount of money is worth it," he told reporters.

Nevertheless, Potter, who was playing abroad for the first time, said he would definitely come back to Australia.

"It's not life changing. It definitely hurts really bad, but nothing in my life will change because of it. I'd come back here - I've had a really great time,” he said.

Potter believes that his attacker saw him in the casino and waited for an opportune moment to strike.

"The man reaches immediately right into my hooded pocket, which tells me he kinda knew where to look, it points to him seeing me earlier in the casino," Potter said.

Potter also has a message for his attacker.

“I hope they find you. You don't deserve the money''.

Editor, - 2008-01-21 11:28:17

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