Interview with Jon Kalmar: 5th Place Finisher

Jon Kalmar
Jon Kalmar playing in Day 7 of Event 55, World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em at the 2007 WSOP

This former punk rocker came out, played his hardest and is now a millionaire. caught up with him as he was walking through the tournament room with his wife, basking in his newfound happiness.

Here's what he had to say:

So how are you feeling now? You're a millionaire!

Yeah I'm thrilled, yeah! I can't complain if I wanted to!

How did your day go? What was your game plan?

I don't buy into all this game plan stuff, you can't dictate how you play. Other people's cards can dictate how you play, and the way they play dictates a lot of how you play, so yeah I just tried to get a few hands. Jerry came out of the blocks firing straight away and he never slowed down; he was very difficult to play against, so I bet a hand there, I figured I'd get a little with this one, on ace-king, and I thought, well if I double up on this one then I'm in the game and I've got a good shot at it.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

No, I don't think there's anything I woulda done differently at any point, I've definitely made one or two mistakes down the line but walking into an event like this, pretty good way to get away with it.

Jon Kalmar
Rock out

I heard you used to be in a punk rock band!

(Laughs.) Yeah! We used to do Sex Pistols covers, Flash, Green Day covers…

Yeah you were wearing a Sex Pistols' t-shirt the other day. What do you think you'll do with the money now?

Well I'm gonna pay my house off now, probably pay my mum's house off, and then use the rest as a bit of a bank roll!

More poker! You gonna be at the World Series of Poker Europe?

Yeah, well everyone keeps asking me I think pretty much it's nailed on.

Well congratulations!

Thank you! Take care.

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And with that, Jon was escorted out of the tournament room to get his money. Needless to say, his wife was ecstatic as well, and not at all minding the annoying media that we are.

Best of luck to Jon and his future poker career. Stay tuned for more interviews.

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