The National Poker Championships have just concluded at Casino Canberra with many of the familiar faces filling the places in all of the events. Jason Gray took out the $2000 buy in No limit Holdem event that attracted 24 of Australia’s best tournament players. Billy “The Croc” Argyros was good enough to finish second after a great week of tournaments winning the overall points score.
While the heavyweights of Poker were fighting it out in Canberra, a dealers tournament was being planned in Melbourne by one of Crowns ex-dealers Matt “The Craw” O’Meara. A total of 24 casino staff (past and present) played in the $200 buyin event that had been planned for over 12 months. Unfortunately at this time I was in a wonderful place called Nundroo and was unable to play. As it turned out, of the 24 players that entered this tournament around 20 were Poker dealers who were yet again outplayed by an “outsider”. Minh “The Merciless” was just too good on the day and gave The Crown Poker dealers another lesson on tournament play.
I am sure that with all the lessons that the Crown dealers have been given lately they are due to put some of this experience into practice and may actually play to their potential in the New Zealand Poker Championships that will commence on 15th March at Christchurch Casino. This tournament is sure to be a sellout as places are filling fast with locals and many players that will again make the journey across the Tasman.
Christchurch Casino has always been very hospitable to ligaz11 Poker players and I am sure that 2003 will be no exception. Anyone that chooses to attend this event I am sure will have a great time either in the tournaments, live games or swapping stories at the bar. I look forward to seeing many familiar faces and catching some great Poker action.
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