The 2011 Adelaide Poker Championship came to its conclusion over the weekend, with local South Australian Stuart Gunn proving too strong as he took down the $43,400 first prize and the title of Adelaide Poker Champion.
There were 109 players who took to the felt in the Poker Zone at Adelaide Casino on Day 1 action last Thursday and after it was all in the bag, there would be 62 players who would return for Day 2. Eventual final tablist Michael Vanderhorst led the chip leaderboard at the end of day one, while the likes of Mitch Carle, Long Tran and Matt Fairhead also had monster stacks going into the action on Friday.
By the end of Day 2, Carle, Fairhead and Tran would be gone, while Vanderhorst would still have a monster stack with only one player managing to accumulate more chips than him.
Going into the final table, people wouldn't be amiss to assume that an Aussie would have the most chips. After all, the Adelaide Champs doesn't usually draw a big contingent of international players and 2011 was no different. However, when the final table kicked off on Saturday it was Germany's Marcel Schreiner who would start the day as table leader.
Schreiner is well known on this side of the world for having taken down APPT Queenstown earlier in the year. Schreiner's form along with his solid play would make him hard to beat at a final table which featured a field of tough opponents including Australian Poker Hall of Famer Leo Boxell.
Final Table Line-Up
Seat 1: Michael Vanderhorst
Seat 2: Joe Sandaev
Seat 3: Marcel Schreiner
Seat 4: George Vassilopoulos
Seat 5: Shaun Scanlon
Seat 6: Frank Tripodi
Seat 7: Craig Cockburn
Seat 8: Stuart Gunn
Seat 9: Leo Boxell
Boxell may have been the crowd favourite to take down the win but he was immensly short stacked going into the final table and ended up exiting on the first hand of the day when he sent his chips to the eventual champion.
As the local players all fell to the rail, it was Schreiner who continued to dominate as he was the left in the running against Gunn and Frank Tripodi three-handed.
When Schreiner was eliminated in third place, it was another notch on his resume in the southern hemisphere, while the Adelaide Champs trophy was set to stay on home soil.
Heads-Up lasted only one hand as Tripodi would be ousted by Gunn as the final table was over and a 2011 Adelaide Champs Main Event Champion was crowned.
Final Table Payouts
1st place: Stuart Gunn - $43,400
2nd place: Frank Tripodi - $25,750
3rd place: Marcel Schreiner - $17,650
4th place: Shaun Scanlon - $13,250
5th place: Joe Sandaev - $10,300
6th place: George Vassilopoulos - $8,830
7th place: Craig Cockburn - $6,620
8th place: Michael Vanderhorst - $5,150
9th place: Leo Boxell - $4,050
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