He’s played, cashed in and won tournaments all over the world but until last night, ultra-popular Melburnian Dennis Huntly had never saluted the judge on home soil.
That all changed when the clown prince of Aussie poker took out the $440 ANZPT Sydney PLO title at Star Poker, outlasting a field of 89 players to pocket a first prize of $10,680. This was the first time he cashed in a non-Hold’em format of the game.
Huntly, who started 2012 in fine firm with 31st in the Aussie Millions Main Event, owns two major trophies – coincidentally from the same tournament; the 2009 and 2012 NZ Poker Champs High Stakes events.
It was a case of pizza and PLO (and almost certainly a few Vodka Red Bulls) as Huntly turned the final table into a party that ended when he sent local player Tommy Yi to the rail as runner-up for $7120.
Others to snare a slice of pizza at the final table included Simon Palmer, Albeir Moussa, Andrew Stergiotis and Ludovic Citerne while Andrew Mellado, who placed seven spots above Huntly in the Aussie Millions Main Event earlier this year (24th) placed seventh.
ANZPT Sydney Event 6: $440 Pot Limit Omaha results
1 Dennis Huntly $10,680
2 Tommy Yi $7120
3 Simon Palmer $5162
4 Albeir Moussa $3382
5 Andrew Stergiotis $2492
6 Ludovic Citerne $1869
7 Andrew Mellado $1602
8 David MacLean $1335
9 Liem Tran $1068
10 Marcus Pritchard $890