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Gavin Hanlon Takes Down the Tasmanian Poker Championships

Posted at 11:45 2013-07-30 by Matthew Pitt

Gavin Hanlon is $9,200 richer today thanks to him winning the 2013 Tasmanian Poker Championships Main Event at the Wrest Point Casino over the weekend.

The $290 buy-in Tasmanian Poker Championships Main Event was played to a re-entry format and that helped the total attendance swell to an impressive 92 runners and boosted the prize pool to $23,000. Of those 92 entrants, only 40 managed to navigate their way through to Sunday’s Day 2 and only six of those reached the money places.

According to Wrest Point Casino’s official Facebook page, Doug Shelley was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble and paved the way for the prize money to be distributed. Shelly’s demise meant the surviving six players guaranteed themselves a payday of at least $1,380 – not bad at all for a couple of days work.

The first player to head to the cashier’s cage was Kyle Dolbel, the sixth place finisher. Joining Dolbel on the sidelines with plenty of poker profits stuffed into their wallets were Michael Males, Walter Digorio and David Bowan who finished in places fifth through third.

Bowan’s exit left Hanlon and Bill Arnol to lock horns heads-up and play for the title, the trophy and the $9,200 first place prize.

Again according to Wrest Point Casino’s updates on Facebook, the final hand saw Arnol commit his stack with {K-Spades}{J-Hearts} and Hanlon look him up with the dominating {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. Neither player improved on the {3-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop, or the {6-Diamonds} turn and when the river was the {4-Spades}, Hanlon won the hand, and therefore the tournament, by the virtue of his queen kicker.

2013 Tasmanian Poker Championship Main Event Results

RankPlayerPrize
1stGavin Hanlon$9,200
2ndBill Arnol$5,060
3rdDavid Bowan$3,450
4thWalter Digorio$2,300
5thMichael Males$1,610
6thKyle Dolbel$1,380

Lead image courtesy of the Wrest Point Casino Facebook page.

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