Following the Aussie Millions Main Event, where he finished in 31st place, American poker player Jason Potter decided to make a quick run to a nearby McDonald’s. On his way back, Potter was attacked while walking across the Spencer Street Bridge, which lies close to the Crown Casino, home of the Aussie Millions. Potter was hit in the back of the head, and his attacker then robbed Potter of $30,000.
Potter attempted to resist, but when his assailant brandished a knife, Potter chose to not risk serious injury or worse, letting the robber make off with his windfall. The money taken from Potter consisted mostly of U.S. $100 bills, although some of the money was in Australian dollars. Australian authorities have informed banks and other financial institutions to be on the lookout for anyone bearing a large amount of American currency and the authorities are also examining all available surveillance tapes of the area, hoping to spot the assailant and the crime on tape.
Jason Potter appears to have taken this unfortunate incident in stride, as one Australian newspaper quotes Potter as saying, “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.”
Hopefully the perpetrator will be caught and justice meted out to the villain who purposefully took advantage of Potter’s hard work at the Aussie Millions.