Michael Wallace has etched a spot in Queensland poker history as the first State Champion under the new banner of the APL and the 888PL. Wallace was won of eight players who also earned a seat to the first MAIN EVENT, which will be played at Crown in February with an expected prizepool of more than $500,000.
Hosted by the Kedron Wavell Service Club, the Queensland State Championships featured a massive field of 415 including players from northern NSW and across Queensland, including a small contingent from Cairns, Townsville and Mackay.
Among the early highlights of the day came when Brisbane North’s Stephen Smith turned his Ad-Jd into a royal flush while it was revolving door at the top of the chip count with Dene Adcock, Amy Odger, Ian Shakespeare, Tim Davis, Joel Bradshaw and Fred Fares having a turn as leader.
Fares and Shakespeare were still there when the final table was decided, although started as the short stack on 50,000 – good for just a single big blind.
The other players in contention were Tony Schiffke (1.25 million), Joel Bradshaw (1.2 million), Craig Henderson (725,000), Michael Wallace (600,000), Arnaud Meunier-Cattin (275,000), Ryan Rodriguez (200,000) and Veronica Pegler (100,000).
After a huge day and almost 12 hours of play, Wallace prevailed ahead Anthony Schiffke after his pocket fives prevailed over Schiffke’s 3-2 on a board of 8-4-Q-J-2.
1 Michael Wallace $2500 + Main Event seat
2 Anthony Schiffke $1250 + Main Event seat
3 Joel Bradshaw $1000 + Main Event seat
4 Craig Henderson $750 + Main Event seat
5 Fred Fares $500 + Main Event seat
6 Ian Shakespeare $400 + Main Event seat
7 Veronica Pegler $300 + Main Event seat
8 Arnaud Meunier-Cattin $250 + Main Event seat
9 Ryan Rodriguez $200