Shaun Elliot Wins 888PL Grand Final

Posted at 11:16 2011-03-14

They travelled in droves from all corners of the country to descend upon the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne and after a massive weekend of poker action, a new king of pub poker has been crowned.

434 players took to the felt for the 888 Poker League Grand Final, an increase of 14 players after a successful event in 2010.

The field made for a handsome $217,000 prizepool, with players buying-in and qualifying in many different ways across hundreds of 888 venues around Australia and online through 888poker.

The cards were flying through the air at 10am on Saturday morning, with the atmosphere electric as excited players exchanged the pub poker felt for the bright lights of the big casino.

After 12 levels of play, there would be 144 who would bag and tag their chips to come back yesterday for day two action. Corey Attrill would finish day one as the chip leader, bagging 320,700 in chips, but Attrill would only just end up sliding into the money in 40th place, taking home $1,065.

When Daryl Westley was sent home as the bubble boy when his {kx}{kx} was rivered by the {ax}{qx} of his opponent, the players started dropping like flies. By the time the dinner break came around there were only 18 players remaining.

It took around two hours for the final table to be set as the field was reduced to just ten.

Final Table Seat Draw:

Seat 1: Anthony Bickle - 1,490,000
Seat 2: Tim Fone - 230,000
Seat 3: Shaun Elliot - 1,550,000
Seat 4: Steve Gordon - 840,000
Seat 5: Larry Munster - 850,000
Seat 6: Van Le - 650,000
Seat 7: Matthew Phillips - 1,850,000
Seat 8: James Bartholomeusz - 520,000
Seat 9: Nadyne Thorne - 380,000
Seat 10: Carmino Desciscio - 550,000

Tim Fone (10th - $3,225) was the first to be sent home, when his pocket deuces were unable to hold up against the ace-queen of Steve Gordon.

Play went on nine-handed for some time before James Bartholomuesz (9th - $4,340) ran into kings, and Van Le (8th - $6,510) couldn’t improve holding {as}{ts} on a {ad}{9c}{5c} flop against the {ah}{5h} of Shaun Elliot.

Steve Gordon (7th - $8,680) would lose a race for his tournament life, while South Australian Tony Bickle (6th - $10,850) would be sent to the rail when he ran into the cowboys of Matthew Phillips.

The remaining five players played for almost an hour before another elimination, which inevitably came when Larry Munster (5th - $13,020) couldn’t catch up holding {kh}{qs} against the {7h}{7d} of the last surviving South Australian Carmino Desciscio.

It was again a long period before another player was eliminated, this time the last female standing in Nadyne Thorne (4th - $15,200) hitting the rail. Thorne was also the last Queenslander standing and deserves props for maneuvering her way through the field after starting the day as one of the shorter stacks with fewer than 40,000 in chips.

Only a few minutes after Thorne’s departure and we would be down to heads-up play with Matthew Phillips (3rd - $19,530) sending his chip stack in the direction of Shaun Elliot.

It seemed that as quick as the two remaining players got comfortable in their seats and waited for the heads-up battle to begin, it was all but over.

Shaun Elliot would go into heads-up play with a 3-1 chip lead over Carmino Desciscio and would be looking to finish him off quickly, and quickly he did. The first hand of the heads-up action saw Desciscio move all-in holding {7d}{10d} and when Elliot quickly called holding {8s}{8d}, a champion was looming. The board ran out blanks and Desciscio (2nd - $34,720) would head to the rail and leave the spotlight on Elliot.

Elliot walked into Crown Casino in Melbourne a few days ago with nothing but a dream and yesterday he walked out $56,420 richer and as the 888 Poker League Grand Final Champion.

If you want the chance to change your life just like Elliot did you can start playing in 888 Poker League events at hundreds of venues across the country, but if online poker is more your style then download 888poker today for your chance to start qualifying for the next big 888 Poker event.

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