Plymouth man plays his cards right to win £34,000 poker jackpot
POKER supremo Tom Brady has pocketed more than £34,000 after triumphing in an international tournament.
The 47-year-old city dad has now jetted off to the casino heaven of Las Vegas.
"It's such great news! There's a big group of us who play and for all of us it's phenomenal," Mr Brady said.
"Las Vegas is great we've been playing poker and drinking cocktails! I've only entered one tournament and I won $30. I didn't bring any of my winnings though!"
Wife Katrina said the couple were planning to spend some of the haul visiting friends in the United States.
"It's still sinking in," she said, speaking from the family's home in Hooe.
Mr Brady won the 2012 Boylepoker.com International Poker Open in a tense final under the glare of cameras in Dublin.
The recently-retired Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander entered the contest through his local free pub poker league.
He beat 1,147 other players after arriving at the final as the 7/2 favourite.
Despite losing the lead at one point, Mr Brady rebounded in a 30-minute duel and eventually beat his arch rival.
When his winnings were counted up they came to the princely sum of 42,530 Euros – or £34,050.
Mr Brady, who has been trying his luck all over the country in the Live Pub Poker League, first started playing the game around 30 years ago. He learned how to play after being taught by his dad, who is now 91.
Dad-of-one Mr Brady went straight from the tournament to Vegas for a holiday with friends but plans to travel back to America with Katrina and 12-year-old son Joseph next summer.
The big final was broadcast live on the internet and saw Mr Brady go head-to-head with seven other poker wizards.
He ended the game with a winning pile of 3,210,000 chips.
The final showdown came against competitor Darren Millar who ended up with a prize of £24,500.