Soren Eriksen Wins The New Zealand Poker Championship!

Posted at 18:41 2009-04-06
Danish born poker player Soren Eriksen has outlasted a field of over 100 players to win this year’s New Zealand Poker Championships.
After 4 days of poker action and some of the region and the world’s best players Eriksen, the Dane who is now based over in New Zealand, ended up heads up versus Aussie player David Borg who quite remarkably went heads up in this event for the second year in a row. Eriksen was the eventual winner picking up NZD$100,000 for his efforts but special mention must be made of Borg. Heads up in the same tournament two years running is an amazing achievement, as Borg has become a force to be reckoned with in the Australasian poker scene.
The final table was fiercely contested, including name players such as Australian Michael Mayer and iconic New Zealander Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt. Putt put in a very commendable effort but was bailed out in 6th place earning himself NZD$14000.
All in all it seemed that the once again the Christchurch Casino put on another first class event here with all reports suggesting that both plenty of action and good times were enjoyed by all.
One of the most enjoyable tournaments throughout the New Zealand Poker Championship is the “Media Cup for Charity Poker Tournament” and this year’s didn’t disappoint. Over 30 New Zealand media celebrities battled out to try and win for both themselves and the charity they were representing. In the end it was TV3’s Natasha Utting who took out the tournament. Utting picked up a very much needed NZD$5,000 for her charity, Christchurch Children Holiday’s Camp Trust and a well done must go out to all involved.
Speaking of a job well done it would not be a good poker series if we couldn’t talk about Dennis Huntly.Huntly achieved probably the biggest win of his poker career to date when he took down the $50k high rollers challenge. In what can only be described as an epic tournament where the sun went down and started to come back up again before a winner had been declared Huntly beat home poker players Robert Wang and Dave Thomas to be crowned the champion.
So to recap we saw plenty of big names, a Danish born local winning the main event a fantastically well run charity tournament and the great Dennis Huntly coming to prominence by winning his first ever high rollers event. An enjoyable time was had at Christchurch Casino by all and it is fair to say that while they can’t play cricket and they can’t win a rugby union world cup the kiwis sure can hold a major poker tournament!

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