Via Poker Asia Pacific:
Congratulations to Monica Huynh, Winner of the Shane Warne Super Stack ($18,760)!
The Shane Warne Super Stack returned to the Crown Poker Room for its second running since its inception back in October last year.
With a change in Day 1a flight time to an earlier than usual start, numbers weren't expected to be fantastic. Regardless, 94 and 171 players took to the felt over the two day one flights to form a 265-player field and see a $68,900 prizepool formed.
The survivors from the opening days totalled just 82 (29 and 53 respectively) as those players returning on Sunday looked to firstly carve out a position to make a run at the money before turning this tournament into their own with a solid victory. Play began at a fast pace with players flying to the rail before things slowed down as the money approached, but once the bubble burst, a host of notables flew to the rail with the likes of Ryan Hong (25th), Nicolas Haidaris (22nd), Nicole Dilaveris (19th), Peng Khoo (15th) and David Munday (14th) all collecting some money before the double elimination of Karan Punjabi (11th) and Abdullah Yalcin (10th) saw the final table set. Remarkably however, reigning champion Steve Baker gave a gallant effort at defending his title before falling in 21st place after losing a preflop race.
Once play resumed for the final nine, it would be another double elimination that would get things rolling asJohn Donnelly and Stephen Hansen were both sent crashing to the rail by the chip leader John Lipertbefore Day 1b chip leader Michael Rinaldi followed in seventh. One of the last remaining ladies in Sarah Beard fell next before Tin Khac Nguyen's short-stack grind ended in fifth. As chips were being traded back and forth, Lipert would be next to go after losing a series of big hands as Monica Huynh held half the chips in play three-handed. Local Mladen Strinovic had risen to the top and dwindled at the bottom of the leaderboard throughout the day, and his effort was rewarded by a third place as Huynh and Demetrios Tremmos were left tangled in a heads-up duel.
Starting with a near seven-to-one disadvantage, Tremmos found a double, but after being pounded on by Huynh with her button-shoves, Tremmos would eventually commit his short-stack holding . With Huynh's in the lead, it would remain that way as the final board ran out to see an excited Huynh celebrate with her rail as she was crowned the Shane Warne Super Stack Champion and recipient of $18,760 in prizemoney.
Final Table Payouts
1st - Monica Huynh ($18,760)
2nd - Demetrios Tremmos ($12,540)
3rd - Mladen Strinovic ($8,000)
4th - John Lipert ($5,500)
5th - Tin Khac Nguyen ($4,000)
6th - Sarah Beard ($3,000)
7th - Michael Rinaldi ($2,500)
8th - Stephen Hansen ($2,000)
9th - John Donnelly ($1,500)
10th - Abdullah Yalcin ($1,000)