Ross Grammer Wins Shane Warne Super Stack for $34,660

Posted at 14:48 2013-12-02 by Tim Duckworth

Following a full week of events at Crown Melbourne for the Shane Warne Super Stack Series, the six side events had concluded with $195,685 in prizemoney being paid out to 114 players across the first five days.

However with all the side events finished, it was time for the marquee event of the $300 Main Event Accumulator that allowed players who have been knocked out the option to re-enter until the first break while also being allowed to play multiple flights with their stacks being combined on Day 2.

With players beginning with a 25,000-chip stack and having to endure 14 levels of play before bagging-and-tagging, Day 1a would attract 212 players, and following just over eight hours of play, only 32 would survive with Leon Day bagging the chip lead ahead of former champions Steve Baker and Quoc Nguyen. Day 1b saw 193 players take their chance in the Main Event, and once play concluded, just 33 would survive with Marty Spargo bagging exactly the same amount as Day did – 525,500. Day 1c saw a massive 289 entrants whittled down to just 37 with Stewart Ballard ending the day as chip leader as the 694-player field created a prizepool of $176,970 that would be split amongst the final 63.

Just 102 players returned on Day 2 with hopes of reaching at least the final table if a winner couldn’t be crowned. Play would begin at a rapid rate with the bubble being reached after roughly two hours of play as Marcus McKean {8-}{8-} could hold against Baker’s {A-}{7-}. The tournament’s namesake Shane Warne played the final two flights and managed to parlay his investment into a cash in 54th place after his {K-}{K-} ran into {A-}{A-}. Day (60th), Karan Punjabi (44th), Melanie Wohlers (40th), “Carwash” George Cotaidis (35th), Dennis Huntly (32nd), Michael Chrisanthopoulos (23rd), Ballard (12th) and Baker (10th) all eventually fell to the rail as the final table of nine was set.

Final Table Line-Up (blinds 40,000/80,000, ante 10,000)
Seat 1: Ross Grammer – 3,300,000
Seat 2: Hussein Qurban – 600,000
Seat 3: Marty Spargo – 3,000,000
Seat 4: David Bowen – 3,700,000
Seat 5: Adrian Mills – 1,830,000
Seat 6: Quoc Nguyen – 1,150,000
Seat 7: Nam Le – 2,175,000
Seat 8: George Palavos – 1,020,000
Seat 9: Bradley Stiles – 575,000

Bradley Stiles committed his short-stack but ran into Adrian Mills broadway straight to fall in ninth before Nguyen’s {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} couldn’t outdraw Ross Grammer’s {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}. David Bowen fell in seventh when his {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades} couldn’t spike against Grammer’s {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} even after getting a sweat-tastic flop of {9-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Hearts}. Crown tournament regular George Pavalos was out in sixth when his {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} was outdrawn by Nam Le’s {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts} when an ace flopped to leave just five players.

Day 1b chip leader Spargo would be next to exit when his {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades} were cracked by Le’s {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} by a rivered ace before Hussein Qurban fell in fourth when his {A-Spades}{8-Diamonds} couldn’t win a race against Le’s {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. Mills then made it a heads-up battle when his {K-Clubs}{2-Spades} went up against Grammer’s {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}. The {Q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} board saw Grammer’s hand hold true to leave he and Le now heads-up with less than a big blind separating each other’s chip stacks.

After a small deal was made, chips bounced back-and-forth before Grammer took a big lead when he doubled holding {A-Spades}{A-Clubs} against Le’s {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. All the money went in preflop before the dealer spread a {K-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{3-Clubs} board to give Grammer a six-to-one chip advantage. Just a few moments later, Le would shove holding {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Grammer made the call holding {3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. The board ran out {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{6-Spades}{K-Diamonds} to see Le fall in second as Grammer was crowned the Shane Warne Super Stack Champion and recipient of $34,660 in prizemoney.

Final Table Results (694 players, $176,970 prizepool)
1st: Ross Grammer - $34,660*
2nd: Nam Le - $30,000*
3rd: Adrian Mills - $16,105
4th: Hussein Qurban - $10,885
5th: Marty Spargo - $8,050
6th: George Palavos - $6,190
7th: David Bowen - $4,600
8th: Quoc Nguyen - $3,360
9th: Bradley Stiles - $2,655
* denotes heads-up deal

*Image courtesy of Crown Poker.
*Hands and updates courtesy of Poker Asia Pacific.

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