Let’s look back at the weekend that was the ‘Australian Poker Tour’ inaugural championship. And what a huge success it was with almost 1500 players registering throughout the weekend across all events and almost $94,000 in prize money awarded to the top place finishes.
Let’s break this down, 9 events filled the weekend from Friday evening through to Monday night, and I present your champions!
Event 1 – No limit holdem freeroll with top up
To kick off the weekend we started with a freeroll with an optional $15 topup. We had 197 players take a seat which was a fantastic result for the kick off event at Acacia Ridge.
Unfortunately we didn’t catch the winners for a glory photo!
Event 2 – Main event – No limit holdem – $50,000 prize pool
This was a three day event – three day one flights attracting 498 players with the surviving 99 back for day 2 on the Sunday where we played down to the October 9 and played out the final table on Monday afternoon.
There could be only one! And it would be Greg McKenzie from the Sunshine Coast who went into heads up play with the chip lead and never looked back.
Event 3 – Pot Limit Omaha
This event attracted 52 players which was a great start with many having never played this variation before.
1st – Phillip Sayers
2nd – Terry Brockhurst
3rd – Nathan Scheiwe
Event 4 – No limit holdem freeroll with top up
1st – Aaron Paul
2nd – Simon Mutton
3rd – Kris Wooster
4th – Midge Swazbrook
Event 5 – Bounty event – No limit holdem
1st – Ida Nautu
2nd – Isaac Mundanby
3rd – Narelle Heron
Event 6 – No limit holdem freezeout
1st – Cameron Edwards
2nd – Jermon Swazbrook
Event 7 – No limit holdem freeroll with top up
The winners were too cool for a photo and we were too slow to catch them!
Event 8 – Teams event – No limit holdem
Winners are grinners !
Event 9 – High rollers – $25,000 prize pool
1st – Paul Ward
2nd – Adrian Ashford
3rd – Gordon Kudelka
We had players come from far and wide to join this event including New Zealand (Hijak Poker), Cairns, Townsville, Victoria and everywhere in between.
We had live streaming on Twitch with Tom from Lights Camera Action Poker (@lcapoker) with full RFID card reading technology and a thirty minute delayed stream to Twitch. Tom is one of the most professional dealers in the business!
For its first ever event the Australian Poker Tour was a huge success with a $50,000 prize pool for the main event (versus the $35,000 Guaranteed) and its only going to get bigger! Next stop to be confirmed but the ‘word on the street’ is we are coming to a venue near the Gold Coast in February … to be confirmed.
If you were there, tell your friends and we will see you at the next one! If you weren’t … good news – you have a chance to redeem yourself early 2018!
Yours in Poker
The Poker P.I. aka The Prince