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Crown Australian Poker Championship
2006, Jason Kirk  

The 2006 Crown Australian Poker Championships at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, have been underway since the 4th, and already this year's tournament series is shaping up to the biggest Australia has ever seen. For instance, last year's first event featured a A$200 buy-in and fielded 212 entries. By way of comparison, this year's first event featured a A$500 buy-in and fielded 415 entries. The fields comprising the events have also been composed of players from all over the world, giving the results list an international feel. It's not hard to imagine that some of the Australian names you see here today might be in the money lists at the WSOP next year. The impression from afar is that poker has truly arrived in Australia.

Event #1, the A$500+60 no-limit hold'em event, drew a whopping 415 entries. The A$208,744 prize pool was split up among the final 4 tables of the tournament. Australian Paul Taylor claimed A$62,250 when he outlasted countryman Tony Bechara to claim the title.

Event #2, the A$500+65 pot-limit hold'em event, drew 213 entries. The A$188,500 prize pool was split up among the final 2 tables. Robert Lumb of the United Kingdom took home A$60,321 for his first place finish over Dr. Wes Bugiera of Australia.

Event #3, the A$1,000+100 limit hold'em event, had 136 participants. The final 2 tables split up the A$136,000 prize pool. Australian Andrew Kanaridis took home the largest share, A$43,520, for outlasting fellow Australian Leo Boxell.

Event #4, the A$1,000+100 no-limit hold'em event, saw a healthy field of 256 players. The A$256,000 prize pool was split among the final 3 tables, with the largest portion of it going to Sweden's Ollie Sundin. He took home A$79,360 for finishing off Australia's Ian Schoots.

Event #1 - A$500+60 No-Limit Hold'em
Crown Australian Poker Championship, Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia
A$208,744 prize pool, 415 entries


1 Paul Taylor (Australia) A$ 62,250
2 Tony Bechara (Australia) A$ 37,350
3 Edward Harris (Australia) A$ 22,825
4 Arul Thillai (Australia) A$ 15,563
5 Paul Costello (Australia) A$ 12,450
6 James Ballas (Australia) A$ 8,300
7 Gary Ward (Australia) A$ 6,433
8 Chen Tsai Feng (Netherlands) A$ 4,773
9 Byron Hendersen (Australia) A$ 4,773
10 Alf Grech (Australia) A$ 2,490
11 Ben Morrisey (Australia) A$ 2,490
12 Peng Khoo (Australia) A$ 2,490
13 Paul Pinder (Australia) A$ 2,490
14 Nick Nolton (Australia) A$ 1,453
15 Paul King (UK) A$ 1,453
16 Steve Alendropoulos (UK) A$ 1,453
17 Zehan Goh (UK) A$ 1,453
18 Sam Borraccino (Australia) A$ 1,453
19 Jack Panagiotou (Australia) A$ 1,037
20 Charlie Balais (Australia) A$ 1,037
21 Brett Rickards (Australia) A$ 1,037
22 Jim Conylis (Australia) A$ 1,037
23 Mick Stanton (Australia) A$ 1,037
24 Chi Trinh (Australia) A$ 1,037
25 Susan Ear (USA) A$ 1,037
26 Sam Khouiss (Australia) A$ 1,037
27 Kerry Kyriakou (Australia) A$ 933
28 Ian Schoots (Australia) A$ 933
29 Antonio Casale (Australia) A$ 830
30 Tim Chambers (Australia) A$ 830
31 Jimmy Sho (Australia) A$ 830
32 Van Marcus (Australia) A$ 830
33 Stephen Kang (Australia) A$ 830
34 Nick Nicolaou (Australia) A$ 830
35 Martin Copeland (Australia) A$ 830
36 Doris Humunicki (Australia) A$ 830

Event #2 - A$500+65 Pot-Limit Hold'em (one rebuy)
Crown Australian Poker Championship, Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia
A$188,500 prize pool, 213 entries


1 Robert Lumb (UK) A$ 60,321
2 Dr Wes Bugiera (Australia) A$ 35,815
3 Richard Ashby (UK) A$ 20,735
4 Angela Italiano (Australia) A$ 15,080
5 Constantin Harach (New Zealand) A$ 11,310
6 Ronnie Hofman (Netherlands) A$ 9,425
7 Gary Benson (Australia) A$ 7,540
8 Troy Tsagaris (Australia) A$ 5,655
9 Michael Sampeiri (Australia) A$ 3,770
10 Nick Nicolaou (Australia) A$ 2,356
11 Joe Meissner (Australia) A$ 2,356
12 Tony Hachem (Australia) A$ 2,356
13 Jeffrey Wan (Singapore) A$ 2,356
14 Mark Jones (Australia) A$ 1,885
15 Van Marcus (Australia) A$ 1,885
16 Lee Nelson (New Zealand) A$ 1,885
17 Tony Cowan (Australia) A$ 1,885
18 Mike Ivin (Australia) A$ 1,885

Event #3 - A$1,000+100 Limit Hold'em
Crown Australian Poker Championship, Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia
A$136,000 prize pool, 136 entries


1 Andrew Kanaridis (Australia) A$ 43,520
2 Leo Boxell (Australia) A$ 25,840
3 Sam Youssef (Australia) A$ 14,960
4 Michael Sepiashvili (Israel) A$ 10,880
5 Ollie Sundin (Sweden) A$ 8,160
6 Andrew Loizou (New Zealand) A$ 6,800
7 Kevin Kelsall (Australia) A$ 5,440
8 John Joannou (Australia) A$ 4,080
9 Paolo Sortino (Australia) A$ 2,720
10 Tony "G" Guoga (Australia) A$ 1,700
11 Martin Comer (Australia) A$ 1,700
12 Blair Rodman (USA) A$ 1,700
13 Warren Pritchard (Australia) A$ 1,700
14 Dan Coupal (Canada) A$ 1,360
15 Matthew James (Australia) A$ 1,360
16 Gary Boxell (Australia) A$ 1,360
17 Mario Guzzardi (Australia) A$ 1,360
18 Tim Chambers (Australia) A$ 1,360

Event #4 - A$1,000+100 No-Limit Hold'em
Crown Australian Poker Championship, Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia
A$256,000 prize pool, 256 entries


1 Ollie Sundin (Sweden) A$ 79,360
2 Ian Schoots (Australia) A$ 46,080
3 Dave Saab (Australia) A$ 28,160
4 Tony Dunst (Australia) A$ 19,200
5 Chris Vinall (Australia) A$ 15,360
6 Lee Nelson (New Zealand) A$ 11,520
7 Ricky Gov (Australia) A$ 8,704
8 Sean Keeton (Australia) A$ 6,656
9 Richard Ashby (UK) A$ 4,608
10 Mark Langeraar (Australia) A$ 3,072
11 Johnathon Macey (Australia) A$ 3,072
12 Tom Brown (UK) A$ 3,072
13 Michael Rolls (Australia) A$ 3,072
14 Thomas Olsen (Denmark) A$ 2,048
15 Marcel Luske (Netherlands) A$ 2,048
16 Mike Ivin (Australia) A$ 2,048
17 Johan Storakers (Sweden) A$ 2,048
18 Nick Putt (Australia) A$ 2,048
19 David Welch (UK) A$ 1,536
20 Andreas Hagan (Norway) A$ 1,536
21 Charles Cuschieri (Australia) A$ 1,536
22 Cesidio Ricci (Australia) A$ 1,536
23 Kevin Khouiss (Australia) A$ 1,536
24 Graeme "Kiwi" Putt (New Zealand) A$ 1,536
25 Dr Wes Bugiera (Australia) A$ 1,536
26 Mert Jarkan (Australia) A$ 1,536
27 Glen Goldberg (Australia) A$ 1,536
 


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