WACO (June 25, 2013)—Jared Hamby, 31, of Waco, pocketed $525,272 and picked up a coveted gold bracelet by winning a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas.
Hamby overcame a big chip deficit to win Event #40 No-Limit Hold’em after beating more than 2,100 other players on the way to his first WSOP championship, according to the WSOP website.
Hamby, who according to his online biography, is known to the online poker community as “TheWacoKidd,” started playing poker at the age of 13 after his family moved to Waco from Elkhart, Ind.
He attended Baylor University, but after a couple of years decided to embark on a poker-playing career.
The WSOP win puts his tournament total at about $1.8 million.