The fourth edition of The Ville 600 has been run and won, showcasing Queensland’s seemingly endless poker talent pool in the most iconic of settings up in the Far North.
Although many interstate players were unable to make the trip this time around, the fields for this year’s series were nonetheless chock-full of local talent, including APL Ambassador Jackie Glazier, APLPT Queensland Main Event Champion Liam Murray and inaugural Ville 600 Main Event Champion Martin Boersma.
Coupled with the tropic conditions, the eight-day series was a much-needed escape for both players and staff alike, who took in all that The Ville Resort-Casino had to offer before several big names were spotted on social media out and about on a private sailboat tour as they celebrated their success on Monday.
Amongst those to have featured in the winner’s circle included APT Season IV Player of the Year Sam Adams, who took out the Jacks Poker Deep Stack, as well as APT Ambassador Mike Maddocks, who endured an epic 6.5 hour-long heads-up battle against Australian Poker Hall of Famer Graeme ‘KiwiG’ Putt before claiming victory in the Sportsbet 3000.
VILLE 600 – SPORTSBET 3000
$3,000 buy-in, 59 entries, six players paid
|2nd||Graeme ‘Kiwi G’ Putt||$36,000|
As a result, both Maddocks and Adams joined Aiden Hildebrandt and Jordan Bromley in the exclusive mid-tier ‘Triple Crown’ club; not to be outdone however, Bromley went all the way in the Ville 600 edition of the Jackstar Super High Roller for the second year running, pocketing almost $48,000.
But the biggest story of the series was that of Lee Bradbury, who after winning his first APLPT title back in February, overcame a field of 437 entries to break through for the biggest win of his career, defeating his Ville 600 roommate Mina Gerges heads-up to win the Main Event.
Bradbury’s string of results throughout the week also earned him the inaugural Ville 600 Player of the Series title, resulting in a combined payout worth around $70,000. It was also the second consecutive Ville 600 Main Event final table appearance for Aroha Ngata, who finished runner-up to her partner William Wong last year.
VILLE 600 – MAIN EVENT
$600 buy-in, 437 entries, 44 players paid*
|5th||Joshua Van Jaarsveldt||$12,500|
Tournament Executive Allan McLauchlan has since confirmed that there will be three series held at The Ville Resort-Casino in 2022, including the return of the NQ Classic from February 7-13, as well as a brand-new winter series later in the year.