Xiao Cui Wins $100k Guaranteed Event at Melb Champs
Posted at 00:36 2009-05-25
Today saw day two action of Event 7: $230 No Limit Holdem kick off with 103 players returning to battle it out for the $25,000 first prize from 647.
With the average stack at 15 big blinds, play was always going to fast-paced as players jostled their way into a position to make the money. 63 players would register a profit in this event once the bubble burst with Paul Khoury, George Palavos, Jenny Son and Peter Longmore being just a few of the locals to make the money.
Once the final table was made, Raemin Alexander and Andrew Meldrum were the notables on a table that feature a mixed array of talent, however neither would be able to go the distance as local cash game player Xiao Cui took home the trophy and $25,000 first prize on his way to his maiden tournament win.
Final Table Results:
1st Xiao Cui - $25,000
2nd Andrew Mellado - $18,400
3rd Glenn Heath - $14,000
4th Do Hoang - $11,000
5th Adam Brown - $8,000
6th Terry Tserdanis - $6,000
7th Raemin Alexander - $4,550
8th Sam Ishaki - $3,250
9th Andrew Meldrum - $2,000
10th Eric Lai - $1,500
Tonight also played host to the $100,000 Challenge with many of Australia’s top players including Sam Youssef and Michael Guttman along with PokerNetworker’s Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros, Paren ‘Puzz’ Arzoomanian, Jay ‘Seabeast’ Kinkade and Jonathan ‘xMONSTERxDONGx’ Karamalikis.
Arzoomanian fell first, followed quickly by ‘Toothpick Tony’ Kambourogolou and Daniel Neilson as Youssef steam-rolled the table. However it would be Queenslander Sean Dunwoodie proving victorious eliminating Youssef in heads-up play to take home the coveted trophy and $100,000 first prize.
While the $100,000 Challenge was being played, 125 teams sat down to participate in the Teams Event.
Van Marcus and Lily Bui, Peter Aristidou and George Cotaidis and the PokerNetwork forum famous combination of Landon Blackhall and his father Peter were just a few of the teams in attendance.
While both the other events were wrapped up well before the bell of midnight struck, the remaining 80 teams were in for a long night ahead of them as they play down to the dual coveted trophies on offer.
Tomorrow will see the ANZPT Main Event hit the Crown Poker Room, so make sure to head over to the live reporting section to catch every blow-up, bust out and bruised ego from 12:10pm local time.
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