PUB POKER: All hail APL Sydney Champs winner John Dale

APL Sydney champs winner John Dale

A marathon day of poker at Penrith Panthers ended with John Dale joining a select club of APL Sydney Champs winners. Dale, representing the Hills District, became the first player from outside the Illawarra North region to capture the title, pocketing $10,000.

A sellout field of 385 players took to the felt for the first of two major events for the weekend, with the May NSW Pro Open scheduled for today (Sunday). They were chasing a slice of a prizepool worth $28,000.

Dale was ideally placed heading into the final 16 as he trailled only Jim Karabetsos but he’d drifted back to the field when the final table started, with the stacks reading:

Majed Haddad 1,495,000
Oussama Al Charif 1.390,000
Pravin Bhana 1,165,000
Rokash “Shafty” Raj 1,000,000
Jim Karabetsos 660,000
Nenad Javanovic 625,000
John Dale 595,000
Anthony Trisley 550,000
Paul Wibberley 390,000

The heads-up combination would comprise players who started the final table in he bottom three – Dale and South West region player Paul Wibberley. After a few massive swings, Dale claimed the win when his Q-7 flopped trip sevens against the 6-5 of Wibberley.

Action continues today at Penrith Panthers with the May NSW Pro Open. Don’t forget that the APL will be offering a live interactive podcast of the final table from 9pm this evening.

APL Sydney Champs results

1 John Dale $10,000
2 Paul Wibberley $4000
3 Rokash Raj $2500
4 Pravin Bhana $2000
5 Tony Trisley $1500
6 Oussama Al Charif $1000
7 Jim Karabetsos $900
8 Majed Haddad $700
9 Nenad Javanovic $500
10 Colin Lee $300
11 Chris Vale $300
12 Damien Gifford $300
13 Leo Vescio $300
14 David Tomson $300
15 Steve Ashton $300
16 John Fahmi $300
17 Sopy Em $200
18 Jason Caires $200
19 Con Valassis $200
20 Lisa Brincat $200
21 Ahmed Mohanna $200
22 Katrina Szalai $200
23 Luke McDonnell $200
24 Scott Meani $200
25 Alan Casas $150
26 John Dunn $150
27 Andrew Garcia $150
28 Richard Dilkes $150
29 Michael Ryan $150
30 Jake Howard $150
31 Trevor Jones $150
32 Alan Tang $150

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