Divine intervention: APLPT Adelaide shatters state records in the City of Churches

South Australia has thrown down the gauntlet to the other states and is now on a mission to take back the title of Australia’s home of poker after the success of the inaugural APLPT Adelaide festival.

With a rich history in the game dating back to 1987, SkyCity Adelaide played host to the Australian Poker League’s mid-tier tour offering and the locals came out in droves, along with a handful of players from Victoria who were able to make their way successfully across the border in time before COVID restrictions were reinstated.

Even so, the APLPT Adelaide Main Event garnered a total of 786 entries – the largest poker tournament by number of entries in the history of South Australia – and taken down in emphatic fashion by 31-year-old father-of-three Trig Johnson, who went wire-to-wire at the final table to pocket more than $22,000 in prize money.

Trig Johnson: APLPT Adelaide Main Event Champion

APLPT ADELAIDE MAIN EVENT – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($175 buy-in, 786 entries)

PlaceNameAmount
1stTrig Johnson$22,655*
2ndPaul Wilson$11,700*
3rdTin Win$15,200*
4thDavid Munday$6,850
5thJosh Fry$4,600
6thScott Hayes$3,550
7thTroy Egel$2,720
8thTuan Ngo$2,370
9thDave Hussey$2,010
*Denotes three-handed deal.


Jacob Montgomery was also able to bring his run of good form into the Jackstar Super High Roller; having final tabled in the $1,150 buy-in MatchrooM Poker Challenge Main Event the week before, the former NSW Central Coast resident broke through for his first major victory after defeating popular Adelaide grinder Nick Williams heads-up for the title.

Jacob Montgomery (right) is congratulated by Nick Williams after winning the Jackstar SHR

APLPT ADELAIDE JACKSTAR SUPER HIGH ROLLER – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($1,150 buy-in, 68 entries)

PlaceNameAmount
1stJacob Montgomery$15,780*
2ndNick Williams$13,250*
3rdFrancesco Sergi$8,820*
4thNeb Blanusa$12,595*
5thCasey Grout$10,055*
6thJerry Zhang$5,000
7thPaul Macera$4,000
8thMatthew Clarke$2,000
9thDexter McMillan$1,800
*Denotes five-handed deal.


In other major results, Matthew Guilleaume scored his first major mid-tier trophy after shipping the $600 buy-in Deep Freeze, while two of SkyCity Adelaide’s alumni – Mitch Lewis and Will Bolton – won the Opening Event and Monster Stack tournaments respectively.

APL Major Events Director Joel Williams lauded the South Australian poker community for their contribution to the success of the series.

“Ever since the birth of the APLPT concept, I have been particularly looking forward to visiting Adelaide – and the state of SA did not disappoint,” Williams said.

“To stage such a record-breaking series in such a smooth manner is a credit to all involved.”

“The SkyCity Adelaide complex is truly world-class and the attention to detail and professionalism of our staff ensured a seamless series from start to finish.”
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For more information, including full results, images and video from the APLPT Adelaide series, please visit the Australian Poker League Facebook page or log onto www.playapl.com.

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