January was a huge month for Poker in Australia with the completion of The Australasian Championship and the inaugural Poker Ashes taking place at Crown Casino in Melbourne.
The main No Limit Holdem event was won by Melbourne local, John Maver, who took home $150,000. This is the largest single tournament win of any Poker event ever held in Australia with a prizepool totalling $330,000 of which Melbourne locals claimed more than 80%. The Hendon Mob featured on the final table with their lone representative of Ross Boatman taking out 10th place.
With all the talk prior to the start of the Championship it wasn’t long before the Poker Ashes came into conversation and an event was created. The format was each member of the Hendon Mob were to compete against any four players that wished to accept the challenge in a heads up format. Unfortunately for the Aussies, the English proved too good and claimed the $20,000 that was up for grabs. Most importantly The Ashes were created from the hat of Billy “the Croc” Argyros which was ceremoniously cremated by Australian Cricketer Shane Warne. It’s great to see players take a lighthearted view of what was a very enjoyable week.
Casino Canberra will hold the National Poker Championship in February and are expecting a good attendance. Australian players have always enjoyed this event and I am sure that this year will be no exception.
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