The Crown Poker Room was buzzing as the 2010 Victorian Poker Championships Main Event kicked off with a field of 269 entrants. There was some talk about this figure being significantly down on previous years, but with an abundance of tournament poker in Australia at the moment, it remains a solid result for tournament organizers as a huge prize pool of $672,500 was up for grabs.
All of the country’s biggest players were out to grab their share, including 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, who made an unexpected showing fresh off the plane from Las Vegas. It was a good day for the champ, after set-over-set clash with Jackie Glazier saw his chip stack soar as he ended the day bagging up 125,000 to be towards the top of the chip count leaderboard.
Some of those who came and went included previous champions Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade and Albert Amato. Gary Benson, Sam Khouiss, Brendon Rubie, Joel Dodds, Peter Aristidou, Tony Hachem, Amanda De Cesare, Aussie Millions champ Tyron Krost and WSOP bracelet winner Simon Watt were also among the day one casualties.
Leading the way after day one was Martin Comer who bagged up a massive 252,200 in chips. In an era where the young guns are so dominant, the clock was definitely wound back as Comer , David Gorr (192,300) and Toothpick Tony (185,500) assumed the top three spots as 97 players survived the ten levels of play to reach day two action. But don’t worry, the young guns are lurking with Jarred Graham (175,600), Chris Evans (142,000), Mitchell Carle (139,400), Trung Tran (135,400) and Jonathan Karamalikis (131,700) are all well place to make a surge.
Also reaching an exciting climax today is the 888PL Grand Final which is currently being run at Caulfield Racecourse. All of the 888poker team are there including hostess Annette Melton and boxing legend Jeff Fenech who is still alive and kicking in the Main Event. Follow the action live on PokerNetwork.com!
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The chips are flying at the Victorian Poker Championships Main Event!
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