The Hills are alive: SPT marches on as locals vote with their feet

The South Australian poker scene was given another huge boost with the Southern Poker Tour (SPT)’s “Havoc in the Hills” series run and won in Hahndorf last weekend.

Following on from the success of the Matchroom and APLPT series in Adelaide last month, the locals came out in force for the SPT’s latest venture, headlined by Andrew Wohlfart, Col Birt, Steven Spear and Luke Brogan.

It was a particularly lucrative series for the Royal Poker Club’s Jerry Zhang, who took down the 6-Max Shootout after cashing in both the High Roller and Super High Roller Events to edge out Roman Priplotski for the SPT Hahndorf Player of the Series, but Priplotski certainly wasn’t going home empty-handed, bagging his first major title in the Super High Roller before finishing runner-up to Russell McDonald in the High Roller on Sunday.

SPT HAHNDORF SUPER HIGH ROLLER ($1,200 buy-in, 35 entries, five players paid)*

1stRoman PriplotskiSA$15,500*
2ndDarren ForrestSA$9,000* 
3rdAmin ChehadeSA$5,500*
4thJerry ZhangSA$4,000*
5thStephen BeeSA$1,150*
*Denotes five-handed deal.

However, it was Morgan Lavoillotte who bested a field of 258 runners to win $11,000 in prize money in the Main Event, cutting a deal with Valeric Leikas heads-up before finishing him off in one hand, with his 55 turning a full house against Leikas’ AJ on a board of 53734.

SPT HAHNDORF MAIN EVENT – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($200 buy-in, 258 entries, 25 players paid)

1stMorgan LavoillotteSA$11,000*
2ndValeric LeikasSA$8,000*
3rdJason LarcombeSA$4,000
4thNick TylerSA$3,000
5thPaul MaceraSA$2,500
6thCol BirtSA$2,000
7thShane VoelkelSA$1,500
8thLesley SingletonSA$1,000
9thHayden BarnesSA$850
*Denotes heads-up deal.

And in other results, Jack McLoughlin won the Opening Event, while Peter Niarhos took out the $100 Freezeout.  Travis Patching and Clinton Wehrmann shipped the Tag Team Event before Cesare Nudo went all the way in the Big Bounty to close out the series.

SPT’s Mick Sparrow was “absolutely thrilled” with the overall turnout, which helped exceed the estimated $150,000 in total prize pools and made all the more impressive given there was no interstate presence due to COVID restrictions.

“We believe that with the support and growth we’ve had this series, especially with the borders closed, that the SPT is now arguably the number one choice for SA players to attend,” he said.

The SPT will make its return to the SA/VIC border region later this year with the second instalment of the Riverland Rumble, taking place at the Berri Hotel Resort from October 28-31.

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