The Border Watch : December 20th 2013
42 POKER Reid wins start in Aussie Millions Claims 2013 poker title ROD MORRIS OD MORRIS RONALD Reid has outlasted 39 challengers in a marathon grand fi nal of the Mount Gambier Community RSL Poker Club to win a $10,600 starting ticket to next month’s Aussie Millions tournament at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. On Saturday, the top 40 qualifi ers from this year’s regular Poker Club tournaments lined up for an arduous playoff that slowly eliminated players. Day one – Saturday – saw a handful of players opting to start late and preserve their starting chips by only playing blinds. Thirteen hours after the start of play, only nine punters remained alive in the tournament, with some of the hot favourites, including Martin Pink, Shane Brown, Matt Gabell and Paul Macera, who had all started ranked inside the top fi ve, all ousted. The fi nal table on Saturday night included nine players, but Yurek Jarnevic and Ben Ratcliffe were the next eliminated, leaving seven grand fi nalists to return for the Sunday showdown. Heading into the ultimate stage of the tournament were Damien Murphy (starting stack of $735,000), Karl Schaefer ($730,000), Marlene Wittwer ($660,000), Dean Moore ($600,000), Ronald Reid ($380,000), Aidan O’Connell ($250,000) and Looey Mules ($80,000). Play was extremely strong from the start on Sunday morning and players were quickly eliminated before it came down to a head-to-head battle between Reid and Wittwer with victory eventually going to the former. Reid wins a starting ticket to the Aussie Millions and 60pc of any monies he may win, he gets to keep, but – under local tournament rules – 40pc will be returned to the Mount Gambier RSL Poker Club for distribution among all other members. Poker Club director, Tony Brown said the 2014 season is due to commence on February 3. POKER FACE: Nadine Zanol deals straight faced. Final placings 1 Ronald Reid 2 Marlene Wittwer 3 Aidan O’Connell 4 Damien Murphy 5 Dean Moore 6 Karl Schaefer 7 Looey Mules 8 Ben Ratcliffe 9 Yurek Jarnevic 10 Jim Agiomamitis 11 Bill Henley 12 Martin Pink 13 Derek Long 14 Paul Macera 15 Craig Foster 16 Nadine Zanol 17 Matt Gabell 18 Lindsay Storer 19 Robert Dawe 42 - The Border Watch, Friday, December 20, 2013 OFF TO THE MILLIONS: Ronald Reid (left) is presented with his winning prize by Mount Gambier RSL Poker Club director, Tony Brown. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au DEALER: Yurek Jarnevic shuffl es the cards ready for the next round at the poker grand fi nal at Mount Gambier RSL on Saturday. FINAL TABLE (back row, from left) Ronald Reid, Aidan O’Connell, Damien Murphy, Marlene Wittwer, Yurek Jarnevic. Front: Dean Moore, Karl Schaefer, Looey Mules, Ben Ratcliffe. 20 Marko Lukac 21 Jason Clausen 22 Greg Whitehead 23 Josh McCallum 24 Rex Heins 25 Mark Stewart 26 Willie Lukac 27 Glen McCallum 28 Andrew Stark 29 Pauline Schulz 30 Shane Brown 31 Luke Smith 32 Sarah Creaser 33 Troy Lock 34 Gary Agiomamitis 35 Paul Maduro 36 Brenton Wittwer 37 Dale Fox 38 Shane Wilson 39 Phil Ryan 40 Nigel Rowntree GRAND FINAL: Lindsay Storer, Matt Gabell, Pauline Schutz, Bill Henley and Bob Dawe play hard at the Mount Gambier RSL’s Poker Club grand fi nal. THE STRAIN: 10 hours into Day 1 of the Mount Gambier RSL Poker League grand fi nal and the strain is obvious with some players.
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