Sydney’s Poker Palace ramps up the Christmas cheer

After one of its most tumultuous years since first opening its doors in 2008, the Poker Palace and Club Marconi have launched an ambitious comeback with the Marconi Christmas Cup.

Originally scheduled for March, the MCC – or the Marconi Cup Carnival as it is traditionally known – was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. But with the annual WSOP International Circuit Series at The Star Sydney cancelled this year, it was an easy decision for Rod Menesesand his team to spread some Christmas cheer. 

“With all the poker that’s been going on as things start to open up, Lauren (Mooney, Poker Palace Tournament Director) and I knew that there would be a fair bit of momentum,” said Meneses, “but we never expected to see the numbers that we have since we started – it’s been massive!”

With 92 entries into the MCC Six-Max High Roller alone (which obliterated the original $40,000 estimate) and 149 entires for the $300 buy-in Monster Stack, Meneses is expecting record numbers across the board, especially as many more interstaters begin to arrive in time for the $2,500 High Roller and $1,150 Main Event next week.

Amongst some of the big names to have been confirmed include Matchroom Poker Big Stack Festival Main Event Champion Ivan “Iron Man” Zhang, APT Brisbane High Roller Champion Aidan Hildebrandt and Check Raise Poker 6-Max Main Event Champion Josh Norvock.

Of course, they’ll have their work cut for them against the locals, with Kiavash Arbabi amongst them; the reigning APL Million Main Event Champion was amongst those to make the final table of the first event on the MCC schedule – the $1,100 buy-in Six-Max High Roller – but it was Yita Choong who eventually took it down against Dejan “Junior” Boskovic.

Yita Choong and Dejan Boskovic

$1,100 buy-in, 92 entries, 10 players paid

PosNamePrize (AU$)
1stYita Choong$26,680*
2ndDejan Boskovic$23,320*
3rdAdrian Salter$12,140*
4thGeorge Mitri$8,000
5thKiavash Arbabi$5,600
6thAmanda Wong$4,000
7thKresimir Kardum$3,100
8thKaygee Gerges$2,500
9thMarcial Dias$2,100
10thHarry Ross$1,800

*Denotes two-handed deal.

Action in the MCC continues through until December 21 – for more information, including the full schedule and results, log onto search for “Poker Palace Australia” on Facebook.

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