The 2009 PokerNews Cup kicked off today at Melbourne’s Crown Casino and it was standing room only as 465 players filled the Crown Poker Room for the opening event of the schedule. The $230 buy-in No Limit Holdem event smashed the $75,000 prize pool guarantee as players survived 30-minute long queues just to register and make it to the first hand on time. Tip for next time folks - register online and avoid the delays!
As the cards were in the air at around 12:15pm there were plenty of familiar faces on the tables, with a strong local contingent of pros amongst the sea of amateurs, many of who were hitting the felt for the very first time.
Some of the notables in the field included Steve Topakas, Bruno Portaro, Trung Tran, Ben Savage, Dave Lee, Karl Krautschneider, Peter Aristidou, Andrew Demetriou, Toothpick Tony, Andrew Jeffreys, Scott Kerr, Dennis Huntly, Roy Vandersluis and at least one International visitor in well-known poker pro Clonie Gowen.
The 4,000-chip start banks and 30-minute levels gave players some great play in the early stages for such a minimal outlay, but soon the blinds kicked up and it was time to gamble as the players started to drop away. Approaching the dinner break and the bubble burst when 50 players remained with the likes of Ben Savage, Jim Sachinidis, Raemin Alexander and one of the cast members of the new “The Poker Star” TV series, Sally Snow, still well in contention for the $20,000 first place prize. They were all chasing Milan Gurung who was the clear chip leader.
In the the end it was Archie Davis who emerged victorious overcoming Steven Peluso heads-up to take the trophy and $20,000 in prize money!
Final Table Results:
1st Archie Davis $20,000
2nd Steven Peluso $14,300
3rd Jim Sachinidis $10,000
4th Anthony Kingston $7,000
5th Alfred Grech $5,000
6th Damien Griggs $3,500
7th Michael Giarusso $2,500
8th Haki Stejnovski $2,000
9th Nigel McCullagh $1,500
10th Scott Hutchby $1,200
Meanwhile at 4pm a sellout field of 90 players took to the virtual tables for the $115 PokerPro No Limit Hold’em event. The table of Duckworth, Huntly and Jeffreys drew plenty of friendly banter, but the deep 25,000-chip starting stack allowed players to enjoy the event well into the evening. The top nine will finish in the money with first place paying $3,000.
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