After the sell-out tournaments on the opening day of the series set the precedent, the large numbers have been turning out all week to participate in the popular Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series.
Monday saw the first of the new $125 No Limit Holdem events kick-start the action at midday. Crown tournament staff told us they expected a field of around 150, so everyone to surprised to see a massive 275 players enter the event. Continuing the trend from the weekend, the final table was made up of mainly unknown local players, with Scott Brown taking down the $5,450 first place prize. This Championship has already seen record numbers of local players trying live events for the first time, thanks to these low buy-in events, which is a great sign for the future.
Meanwhile over in the high limit area, a somewhat smaller and better-known field of players were playing a game of their own, well, seven games as it happens. There were 43 entrants for Event 4, the inaugural $550 7-Game Mixed tournament, which included some high profile players. Most well known was of course the man himself, Joe Hachem, who was keen to put his mixed game skills to the test. Pitted against him were the likes of Peter Aristidou, Sam Khouiss, Gary Benson and Michael Guzzardi. Joe made the final table but fell just short of the money Oliver Gill’s flopped two pair held on against Joe’s monster wrap straight draw in a round of Pot Limit Omaha. In the end the title did belong to a Joe, but not Hachem, as the ultra consistent Joe Cabret added another trophy to his cabinet and $9,000 to his pocket.
Monday evening’s Pot Limit Omaha tournament saw some early fireworks as 123 players took advantage of the triple chance format to gamble it up early and try to build a stack. After the break, things settled down and yet again a local took home the trophy, with Andrew Selvaggi the deserving winner of the $6,000 first place prize.
The pace didn’t slow on Tuesday with 257 players fronting up for Event 6, the second $125 No Limit Holdem Event. This final table had some familiar faces in Peter Aristidou, Jackie Glazier, Jim Ververis and Eugene Poudel. In the end it was Michael Howard who took top honours and collected the $5,385 first prize.
The afternoon event was Event 7, the $550 Heads Up No Limit Holdem Event. This event was interesting as the structure was so good that it took 12 hours of play just to reach the semi finals! The four weary semi-finalists agreed to a modified structure and it was Julius Colman who emerged with the trophy at the conclusion.
The evening tournament was the always popular $340 Terminator event which offered a $100 bounty on each of the 213 players who entered. It was a marathon for many, as Perth’s Ben Mateljan outlasted the field to collect the trophy and the $8,950 first place prize in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Not long after Event 8 had finished, a fresh batch of hopefuls arrived for Event 9, the last of the $125 No Limit Holdem events. Once again the event received great support with 208 entrants hitting the felt at midday. Never has the phrase “Great Scott” been truer as Gary Scott defeated James Scott in a gripping heads up duel to take down the event and $4,225 in prize money.
The big guns in Australian poker started to make their presence felt as the larger events get underway, with a stellar field taking to the felt in Event 10, the $1,100 6-Handed No Limit Holdem Event. Notables in the field included Shane Warne, Emad Tahtouh, Nobbi Tanaka, Sam Youssef, Sam Khouiss, Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Gareth Edwards, Andrew Jeffreys, Joe Cabret and Gary Benson.
Deep into the evening last night and the bubble had just burst with PokerNetwork’s own Jarred “FlopNutsOnYou” Graham leading the way with over 400,000 in chips, closely followed by Billy “The Croc” and six-handed specialist Matt Downing.
Today’s lineup includes the $1,650 Joe Hachem Short Handed Shootout at midday with the opening flight of the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series Main Event kicking off tonight at 7pm. Day 1b is at midday Friday with the repechage day at midday on Saturday. Don’t forget that flight 3 is open to new players as well as to players eliminated from flights 1 and 2.
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