The 2010 Victorian Poker Championships has come to a close as PokerNetworker Michael “ITSOVER9000” Egan has been crowned champion of the $2,700 Main Event!
On Saturday, 269 players formed one of the most highly skilled and talented fields the Crown Poker Room has seen this year. Old-school veterans, online phenoms, tournament junkies and everyday amateurs from around the country sat down to emulate the feats of previous champions Albert Amato, Jay Kinkade, Graeme Putt and Mike Ivin.
Amato and Kinkade were unable to make it past the first day along with the likes of Michael Guzzardi, Joel Dodds, Peter Aristidou, Leo Boxell, Tyron Krost, Simon Watt and Brendon Rubie as Martin Comer lead the 97-player field into day two.
The action was hot and heavy on day two as elimination after elimination graced the PokerNetwork blog as the likes of James Obst, Jonathan Karamalikis, Benn Skender, Billy Argyros and Joe Hachem all bundled out short of the money. Unluckily for Jason Mann, he would be the one to fall agonisingly shy of the min-cash when he was ordained with the title of bubble boy.
From there, players such as Mitchell Carle (27th), Chris Evans (26th), Peter Peeters (23rd), Trung Tran (21st), Ricky Kroesen (18th), Andrew Demetriou (17th), Sean Keeton (16th), John Dalessandri (14th) and Grant Levy (12th) all padded their wallets, but were unable to find a place in the final ten as play halted for the night with Comer again topping the field with hopes of going wire-to-wire to capture the $160,700 first prize.
A true old-school veteran of the game, Comer was joined by Antonis “Toothpick Tony” Kambouroglou and David Gorr while the young guns of Jackson Zheng, Michael Egan and Josh Barrett looked to claim the victory for the online brigade.
Zheng however would stand behind the rail first before Mishel Anunu joined him. Local players Cliff Lee and Gorr, along with Michel Bouskila, would each suffer their ill-fate eliminations at the hands of Egan, but it would be Comer that still held onto the chip lead tightly. He would release the lead only slightly before eliminating fellow old-schooler Kambouroglou to hold over forty percent of the chips.
Comer would then gift youngster Barrett with the lead - and nearly half the chips in play - following a double up, before seeing the rest of his stack shipped over to him just a few hands later. Short-stack ninja Karib Karib was unable to pull another miracle from his hat as he exited in third to leave online guns Barrett and Egan to battle it out.
With Barrett holding a slight four-to-three advantage, he pushed that out even further with some aggressive early heads up play before Egan managed to fight back and then double when his pocket nines held true. Barrett slid further behind - eventually down to a near six-to-one deficit - only to double and then chip up to snatch the lead back. Barrett however would return to that deficit when his dominated ace failed to improve, and just a few hands later would see his tournament come to an end with against Egan's when a seven fell on board.
Congratulations to Michael “ITSOVER9000” Egan who managed to beat a high-calibre field after displaying a mix of aggression, patience and determination to capture the $160,700 first prize, coveted trophy, novelty cheque and title of 2010 Victorian Poker Championships Main Event hampion!
The PokerNetwork Live Reporting team will next be heading north to the Star City Casino for the upcoming Sydney Poker Championships from September 7th - 12th. We look forward to seeing you there!