It was state versus state and mate versus mate for one of the most eagerly anticipate and hotly discussed events on the poker calendar as the 2010 Victorian Poker Championships got into full swing at the Crown Casino with the State of Origin Feature Event.
After six hours of play, day one of the is in the bag with the strong lineups of New South Wales and South Australia the best performed of the seven teams!
A sour start to the night with the unfortunate withdrawal of The Territories was soon forgotten when some not-so-friendly banter and unleashed egos graced the tournament floor for a truly titanic battle.
Western Australia and Tasmaniabegan the night terribly losing several players early before the first break with Tassie captain George “Tasmaniac” Mamacas the first player to bite the bust. Fortunately for Tasmania they managed to regain their composure and won two of the first three shootout tables, with Heath “TassieDevil” Chick and Ben Richardson claiming victory, to jump the Apple Isle back into contention. Western Australia couldn't rectify their start to the night, as their best place was a third to see them unable to capture victory this year round, and Queensland was equally disappointing. Last year’s championsNew Zealand struggled to fill their team before play, but once they did, only one member in Phil Willcocks made it through to the final table, as WSOP bracelet winner Simon Watt fell in second place to New South Welshman Grant Levy.
All the talk on the PokerNetwork forums has been the battle between New South Wales and South Australia with the Big V occasionally dipping in to stir the pot. And that talk has been backed up with results as New South Wales and South Australia performed the best of the seven sides. New South Walesmanaged to see three of their members navigate their tough shootout tables to make it through to the final table, in Joel “Strong Play” Dodds, Grant Levy, and Star City Sydney qualifier Nick Velcic, while South Australia have two of the best youngsters in the game representing them in the final eight with Jarred “FlopNutsOnYou” Graham and James “Andy McLEOD” Obst.
Victoria will be disappointed miss representation on the final table, with Billy “The Croc” Argyros losing a tough heads-up battle with Obst. They currently lead the points table but stand no mathematic chance of claiming victory as it’s a two horse-race between New South Wales and South Australia.
Victoria - 260 points
South Australia - 250
New Zealand - 150
New South Wales - 140
Queensland - 140
Western Australia - 130
Tasmania - 100
With players on the final table yet to be allocated points, here is a breakdown of the final eight point allocations. After some careful calculations you will see that only New South Wales and South Australia are in contention for the title.
Final Table Lineup
Jarred “FlopNutsOnYou” Graham (SA)
Heath “TassieDevil” Chick (TAS)
Ben Richardson (TAS)
Phil Willcocks (NZ)
Grant Levy (NSW)
Joel “Strong Play” Dodds (NSW)
Nick Velcic (NSW)
James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (SA)
Make sure to join the PokerNetwork Live Reporting Team at 8:00pm on Saturday evening for the continued coverage of the State of Origin as we see which state will take home the title and bragging rights for another year.
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