Jordanou and Lunardi Claim Trophies at Vic Champs!
Posted at 17:44 2009-08-11
It’s been a busy few days at the Victorian Poker Championships as players have flocked from around the country to the Crown Poker Room for the busy second week of the schedule.
On Sunday evening we saw two new champions crowned in two events at extreme ends of the poker spectrum. The budget-conscious players enjoyed the speedy action in the $120 PokerPro Shootout with Paul Schembri taking down the trophy and $2,250 in prize money, just overcoming PokerNetwork’s own Michael “SharkBoy” Palti heads up.
Meanwhile the feature event of the evening was the $200,000 Challenge. Eight of Australia’s finest players each forked over a lazy $25,000 in the winner-takes-all contest! It looked to be a battle between the two young guns in David Eldar and Jay Kinkade, however Bill Jordanou rode a wave of good luck to fight back from the short stack after numerous double ups to eventually take down the title.
PokerNetwork’s own Lynn Gilmartin caught up will Bill to chat about his victory:
The $550 No Limit Holdem Repechage event also proved extremely popular with a huge field of 533 entrants blowing away the guarantee to create a prize pool of $266,500. It was tournament regular Adriano Cendron who overcame a high quality final table that included Tony Paino (2nd), Michael Christanthopoulos (3rd) and Cliff Lee (8th). Cendron collected an impressive $56,000 for his efforts.
The next event on the schedule was the highly anticipated $1,650 Heads-Up Event where 32 of the best players in the country fought it out until one remained. The two finalists stood out in the early goings as Kristian Lunardi ended his first round match with Aleks Brkovic in just fifteen minutes, while Greg Cook simply steam rolled everyone in his path. Lunardi found the going tougher as the tournament progressed with tough victories over James Honeybone and Jai Kemp, having to come from behind on both occasions. As the evening drew very late, Kemp and Van Marcus were happy to chop the prize money for 3rd and 4th as Cook and Lunardi battled it out. Cook claimed the first leg but in the end Lunardi was able to grab victory 2-1 to take the trophy and $32,000 in prize money.
Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Lunardi following his win:
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