Disabled Poker Player Wins Queenstown Tournament
In an amazing turn of events, a disabled poker player who communicates through an iPad has won a major Queenstown tournament, even more astounding is the fact that the winning hand is identical to one tattooed on his arm.
Jonathan ‘Jono’ Bredin beat a field of 125 players to take home the $93,600 and left the crowd amazed when his winning hand of king of spades and king of clubs matched his tattoo.
The victory saw him crowned as New Zealand Poker Tour Queenstown Champion.
After winning Bredin said, “It was fantastic to get this win. It is the first time I have won a live tournament against professionals like these.”
Bredin has cerebral palsy and is bound to a wheelchair.
He requires the assistance of a helper at all times to deal with the chips and cards and he communicates his decisions via iPad. Prior to this victory his best live result was fifth place at the Australian Poker League Main Event III for which he received $23,800.
Bredin is planning on using the winnings to buy a specially adapted car and go on holiday to Las Vegas.