2009 Melbourne Poker Championships Kick Off

Posted at 16:59 2009-05-18
The 2009 Melbourne Poker Championships kicked off at Melbourne’s Crown Casino with a bumper field in attendance for the opening events of a busy two week schedule.
While many of the industry’s big names are yet to arrive in town, Melbourne’s local players showed their support for the affordable buy-ins with 498 players turning out for the opening $175 No Limit Hold’em event. This number was more than 35% up from last year’s number of entrants, bucking the trend of the economic gloom.
The action was fast and furious with the bubble bursting after only five hours play. However it would take nearly as long for a champion to be crowned. In the end it was Linas Lenovas who overcame Genaro Catala heads up to collect the trophy and first place prize of $15,000. Not a bad return for a $175 investment!
Final Table Results:
1st Linas Leonovas $15,000
2nd Genaro Catala $11,500
3rd Kerry Stead $8,500
4th Paul Hillis $6,700
5th Robert Potter $5,200
6th Majed Elali $3,800
7th Paul Quattrone $3,000
8th Mariela Stafforini $2,200
9th Paul Gardner $1,400
10th Isaac Lau $900
Those who busted early could get back on the horse with the second event kicking off at 4pm with the $120 PokerPro Pot Limit Omaha event attracting 79 starters. However the trophy and cash are headed overseas with Norwegian visitor Anders Sorensen taking down the title.
Final Table Results:
1st Anders Sorensen $2,370
2nd Gerald Ami $1,580
3rd Michael Skoufis $1,106
4th Kristian Willumsen $790
5th Scott Andrews $632
6th Wayne De Vries $474
7th Glenn Eismontas $395
8th Martin Kozlov $316
9th Sean Dunwoodie $237
Day 2 will bring plenty of fun with the $100 No Limit Holdem with Rebuys event expected to draw another big crowd and healthy prize pool. Head down to the Crown Poker Room to be a part of it, or stay logged into PokerNetwork for the latest news and results from the 2009 Melbourne Poker Championships.

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