Ismail Ismail Claims PLO Title at Vic Champs

Posted at 18:33 2009-08-05
The 2009 Victorian Poker Championships are once again proving to be a popular hunting ground for the local poker population as sizeable fields take to the felt to enjoy the quality structures and affordable early-series buy-ins.
151 players turned out for the $230 Pot Limit Omaha event with the structure so good that once play reached 4am, play had to be halted and the final table resumed at 4pm the next day.
Anastasios Tsimiklis carried the overnight chip lead into the final table, but with the blinds at 3,000/6,000 the play was very measured with the short stacks hanging tough.
The first elimination of the day came when the two big stacks collided with Abel Cabrera holding {As}{Ac}{4c}{Kh} up against the {Ah}{Ad}{3h}{Kd} of Tsimiklis. One heart on the flop and two more following gave Tsimiklis the flush and to eliminate Cabrera in 9th place.
After Peter Aristidou was eliminated in 8th place, Kerry Stead got it all in holding the rockets only to have Ismail Ismail make two pair and eliminate him in 7th place. Roman Pesochinsky entered the day well placed but was unable to get anything going and was next to go in 6th place, followed quickly by Michael Eagle in 5th who had skilfully navigated his short stack this far but no further. Early chip-leader Anastasios Tsimiklis fell in 4th and after some discussion the final three players settled down to battle it out.
Brit Cameron Angus fell in 3rd leaving the local Jason Giuliano vs Sydney’s Ismail Ismail. It was at about this point that Giuliano revealed that it was his first Omaha tournament! Maybe the experience finally won out when Ismail Ismail, winner of the HORSE event at this year’s Joe Hachem Deep Stacked Series, eventually claimed the trophy and $8,200 in prize money.
1st Ismail Ismail - $8,200
2nd Jason Giuliano - $5,750
3rd Cameron Angus - $3,400
4th Anastasios Tsimiklis - $2,700
5th Michael Eagle - $2,150
6th Roman Pesochinsky - $1,700
7th Kerry Stead - $1,350
8th Peter Aristidou - $1,050
9th Abel Cabrera - $750
Meanwhile the $340 Teams Event attracted a healthy field of 136 teams with the girl-power combination of Jackie Glazier and Maryann Farrugia capturing the title and $10,700.
The next event of the Championships is the $340 No Limit Holdem Terminator event which is sure to draw another big field to the Crown Poker Room with the action kicking off at 7pm!


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