Posted at 07:00 2007-04-26
Crown Casino was a buzz yesterday as over 600 players descended on the Poker Room for the opening event of the 2007 Melbourne Poker Championships. At only $120 to enter with a prizepool guarantee of $30,000, a big field was expected and the public was not disappointed.
At 2pm, Tournament Director Brett Jones announced he was enforcing one of the Terms and Conditions, allowing him to lock the tournament out 30 minutes prior to it’s scheduled start time due to overwhelming numbers. A staggering 628 players eventually took part in the event generating a prizepool in excess of $60,000, smashing the guarantee and giving a first prize purse of $12,600, making it the biggest field ever assembled for a cash tournament outside the Aussie Millions.
Players from all over Australia have started arriving, with many new faces joining the throng. Fresh off the plane from last weeks New Zealand Poker Championships were notable Australasian Poker players Gary Benson, Jovan Scekic, Card Academy’s Nick Nicolaou and Graeme “Kiwi G” Putt.
With 43 tables, 473 players were seated at the start of the tournament (play was 11 handed), with 155 players seated as alternates. The Crown team did a fantastic job under the straining circumstances, with the Poker Room literally overflowing with people. The majority of players were seated at the scheduled commencement time, and play soon began once all the tables had their chips and chairs.
The Tournament team used a raffle style ticketing system to make sure there were never more than about 80-100 people standing in line waiting to enter, and this was extremely effective in managing the huge crowd. Tournament tables were broken and the alternates seated together on the same table, to ensure they were all starting on an even keel. The clock was stopped with just over 2 minutes remaining at the 100/200 level, so that all players could be seated before the blinds went up to 150/300. With a 3000 start bank, they wanted to ensure that the alternates had at least 10 big blinds when they were finally seated.
The top 60 players made their way into the money, with Melbourne player Chul Hyon Park the eventual winner taking home the $12,600 first prize (full results). This is the first event on the 2007 Melbourne Poker Championship schedule with the next 10 days filled with some exciting Poker formats, including Limit Pineapple and Short Handed Holdem events. Join us as we follow all the action as it unfolds. We will be reporting the following events live via our state of the art reporting client
Mon 30th April - $550 Pot Limit Omaha
Wed 2nd May - $550 Teams Event
Thurs 3rd May - $5200 No Limit Holdem
Friday 4th May - $550 No Limit Holdem (6 max)
Saturday 5th May - $1100 No Limit Holdem
Good luck to all players, we hope to be covering the action on your table!
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