Jackie Glazier wins Melbourne Poker Championships
May 14th 2012, via Poker Asia Pacific
The 2012 Melbourne Poker Championships have concluded with Melbourne’s own Jackie Glazier claiming a memorable victory in the Main Event to take home the trophy and $95,000 in prize money.
It’s been another huge week in the Crown Poker Room as 433 players took to the felt over three opening flights in the repechage format of the Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event. The field contained Melbourne’s finest, plenty of interstate invaders and a string of previous Australian poker champions.
After a couple of days of toil, the final table of ten formed today with talented young gun Ryan Hong holding a big chip lead.
After a cautious start, the players started to drop away as the big cards were passed around the table and the short stacks were unable to find the double ups they required to stay alive. Ismail Ismail was first to go when his king-queen ran into Liwei Han’s ace-queen, before Paul Schembri pushed his ace-jack into the pocket jacks of Nishi Gamage.
Gamage was the wild card as he splashed around, but it was the elimination of Stelios Yenofkian in 8th place that kick-started the run of Jackie Glazier. She moved all in on the river with a full house and induced a call from Yenofkian for his tournament life.
Glazier chipped up towards the chip lead while the other female at the final table, Sherrie Gelberg was unlucky to be next to fall. Gelberg got her chips in with ace-king against Simon Moshi’s ace-jack but a jack on the flop was a dagger through the heart for Gelberg. After final tabling this very same event last year, Gelberg was unable to improve on that result as she lands back-to-back 7th place finishes.
Simon Kidson was one of the few short stacks who managed to get himself back into contention, but his run came to an end with ace-five against the ace-king of Simon Moshi, before Nishi Gamage was sent to the cashier in 5th place. Gamage moved all in with Ac6C as Moshi showed he was prepared to gamble with his 5c5d. A third five on the flop and it was all over for Gamage as Moshi continued to climb.
Liwei Han was always in for a tough day at the office with the dangerous Ryan Hong on his direct left, but it didn’t help when Hong also found good cards. When Han shoved QhJd from the small blind, Hong woke up with KcKs in the big blind and made the easy call with the queen-high board leaving Han to depart in 4th place.
Hong was in front but a key hand went down three-handed on a flop of 4c6s2s . A bet from Hong, raise from Glazier, re-raise from Hong and then an all-in by Glazier saw Hong’s cards hit the muck and he never recovered. Moments later his chips were all in with AhKc as Moshi was able to win another race with JdJs when the board ran out ten-high.
Simon Moshi held a small advantage over Jackie Glazier when heads-up play started, and with both players about 100 big blinds deep, we thought we might be in for a long haul. But incredibly, on the very first hand of heads-up play, Moshi stuck it all in with KhJd and Glazier made the call with 6s6c . Moshi had coinflipped very well up until this point, but this one went the way of Glazier as the board ran out 3h7h4d8h2d
Glazier was back in control and it was all over soon after when a cheap pot saw the players get to the river on a board of 7h4s8s5c2c. Glazier surprised all by overbet shoving all in, and even more surprising was that Moshi called with Qd7d for just second pair. Glazier showed 8c4d for two pair and it was all over.
Glazier was one of the first eliminated on the first two opening flights of this event, barely lasting the first level each day. But she took full advantage of the repechage format, navigating her way through to Day 2 with her third bullet. From there, she always loomed as a threat, making a surge towards the chip leaders day on Day 2 to sit third in chips when today’s final table got underway.
After finishing second in the Joe Hachem Deep Stack event at the start of the series, Glazier only had eyes on the title this afternoon.
With her victory today, Glazier will move into the top 50 Australian all-time tournament money earners and also into the top 50 female all-time tournament money earners from any country. That’s an impressive accomplishment right there. She now also adds her name to the honour roll as Melbourne Poker Championships winners. Congratulations Jackie!
Final table results
1st Jackie Glazier - $95,000
2nd Simon Moshi - $67,000
3rd Ryan Hong - $47,000
4th Liwei Han - $35,000
5th Nishi Gamage - $27,000
6th Simon Kidson - $21,000
7th Sherrie Gelberg - $17,000
8th Stelios Yenofkian - $13,000
9th Paul Schembri - $10,000
10th Ismail Ismail - $7,000