Daniel Charnock Wins The Canberra Winter poker Championships

Posted at 03:00 2012-06-12 by Barry Gallagher

It was a historic day in poker as Phil Hellmuth claimed his 12th World Series of Poker Bracelet but there was titles handed out in places other than Las Vegas today. Daniel Charnock defeated Mishel Anunu heads-up to win the Canberra Winter Poker Championships. The $1000+100 event in the nation’s capital attracted a field of 98 players generating a prize-pool of $98,000.

Day 1a saw 60 entries to the tournament although only 55 players actually played as five fully paid up stacks were taken out of play after the third level as their owners failed to make an appearance. They most likely qualified for this superb event online and decided a long distance trip to Canberra was not high on their list of priorities. At the end of the day, 17 players were left standing and it was Jesse McKenzie who led the way with 106,300 chips. Anunu (96,700) and Charnock (90,000) followed closely behind in third and fourth place respectively.

The second opening day attracted 38 players and it was Bruce Hall who bagged up 123,900 chips to finish the day as overall chip leader. Fourteen other players made it through the day relatively unscathed and they combined to create a field of 31 for Day 2. Sixteen of these players would go home empty handed as 15 places were paid; a min-cash being worth $1,715.

While the money for finishing in the top 15 players was obviously important, many of the participants will also have been concerned with the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Player of the Year (POY) points on offer. The top two players will divide over $40,000 worth of prizes between them at the conclusion of the season. In the end, three of the current ANZPT POY top ten finished in the money and did their chances of claiming a prize a power of good. Craig Blight - 7th in the POY - finished 9th for $2,940. Didier Guerin - 3rd in the POY - finished 7th for $4,655. Mishel Anunu - 5th in the POY - finished 2nd for $17,150.

But it was Daniel Charnock who was the happiest man in Canberra as he claimed the title and the $26,950 on offer for the winner. The tournament ended when all the chips went in with Anunu holding pocket sixes and Charnock in possession of a pocket pair of queens. The board ran out without any complications and the 2012 Winter Poker Championship was awarded to Charnock who will celebrate the most profitable Queens Birthday weekend of his poker career.

Canberra Winter Poker Championships Result

PositionNamePrize (AUD)
1Daniel Charnock$26,950
2Mishel Anunu$17,150
3Jesse McKenzie$10,045
4Cale Callaway$8,330
5Geoff Mooney$6,860
6John Shin$5,635
7Didier Guerin$4,665
8Bruce Hall$3,675
9Craig Blight$2,940
10Tomi Hietala$2,205
11Scott Kerr$2,205
12Baden Burbidge$2,205
13Bob Crossman$1,715
14Anthony Hope$1,715
15Matthew Hengge$1,715

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