The WSOP may be on a November hiatus, but down in Melbourne the 2009 Victorian Poker Championships have just kicked off!
Yesterday saw the Crown Poker Room packed with 509 players to take part in the $230 No Limit Holdem Opening Event. The normal faithful of tournament regulars including such names as Steve Topakas, Peter Aristidou and Michael Guzzardi all took their seats, but were unable to share in the $101,800 prizepool.
Chul Hyon Park (36th) and Clifford Lee (31st) made the money in a payout list that registered plenty of new names which is great to see. However, tournament regular and recent Las Vegas visitor Chris Barratt would wave the flag for the Crown faithful registering a 5th placing amongst the new faces that made the final table.
1st – Matthew Scapuzzi ($20,000)
2nd – George Moore ($14,500)
3rd – Brent Durnan (10,300)
4th – Nuno Dos Reis ($7,500)
5th – Chris Barratt ($6,000)
6th – Jamie Beer ($5,000)
7th – Alfonso Arifin ($4,000)
8th – Joseph Demaria ($3,000)
9th – Yuet Chee ($2,000)
10th – Cheryl Paton ($1,500)
However this event is just the first of fourteen for the series with Event 2: $230 Pot Limit Omaha and Event 3: $340 Teams Event being the next big drawcards on the schedule over the coming days. The action kicks off from the Crown Poker Room at 7:10pm.
If team poker is not your forte and you feel up for some unusual poker, than make sure to order your coffee and chuck on a scarf and jumper as you head down to take part in Victorian Poker Championships Morning Series at the early time of 10:10am from Monday to Thursday of this week.
Goodbye to the Omaha and Mixed Stud events of past schedules, and welcome Double Flop Holdem (Tuesday) and Short Deck Holdem (Wednesday) to please all those action junkies and mixed game enthusiasts. Crazy Pineapple (Thursday) wraps up the morning series as the bigger buy-in and more prestigious events begin as the second week starts.
From the $250,000 Guarantee to the $250,000 Winner Takes All Challenge to the Heads-Up and Six-Handed event – the Crown Poker Room will be packed with everyone trying to snatch their slice of poker immortality by being victorious in the array of tournaments on offer.
However if you are unable to make it down to the Crown Poker Room, then make sure to log on to PokerNetwork to follow all the live coverage beginning with the $250,000 Winner Takes All Challenge on Sunday.
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