Adrian Sportelli is the inaugural Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event Champion ($76,433)
Adrian Sportelli has outlasted a field of 364 entries over 4 days of play to be declared the Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event Champion, top pair holding to score his biggest ever career victory.
Sportelli dominated the room throughout the last few days with his dynamic personality and never looked in trouble throughout the final table, coming in to today as the chipleader and converting to win in less than 6 hours of play today.
Taking the time to speak to us at PMA, telling us how it feels to get the result – “Huge relief – it’s been a really long time coming, I won the Gold Coast [Championships] back in 2011 and this is by far my biggest result since then.” When asked what’s next, and if he’d be attending the upcoming Gold Coast Championships in March (11-21 March at The Star Gold Coast), Adrian said “I do have work and family commitments so I can’t get to every event, but I’ll definitely make it for the Main Event at least – I have to when I’m running this hot!”
Adrian had a rough start to Day 2 – he came into Day 2 with 426,000 and found himself crippled to 82,000 in the first level of play. When asked what turned it around for him he said “It’s very much a mental game and I had to really shift gears to get back into it. The huge turning point was on the bubble – I got it all in with Ace Jack against Ace King and spiked the Jack on the flop – we all have to get lucky sometimes I guess and it really turned my luck around.”
Finally, Adrian took the time to personally thank the Brisbane Treasury casino – “They’ve done a lot of work and it shows. From the staff running it, to the dealers, and I’d also like to thank my rail, they really came through for me with a huge positive vibe, I really appreciated it and helped me get over the line today.”
Congratulations again, Adrian Sportelli – Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event Champion!
Sam Haddad eliminated in 2nd ($53,508)
Once again, a raise to 700,000 and a call preflop saw both players to a flop of A♠5♠Q♥.
Sam Haddad led out for 800,000, which was called by Adrian Sportelli on the button.
The 4♦ turn was checked by Haddad, prompting Sportelli to bet 1 million. Haddad moved all in for 4.9 million, and was snap called by Sportelli.
Haddad had a big draw, and needed a spade, a King, or a Queen to win the hand. The dealer peeled the 6♥ and Haddad is eliminated in second place for $53,508 – his biggest career cash to date following his Opening Event win at the GC Summer Series in November for $41,867.
Haddad – BUSTED!
Flopped two for Haddad
A raise and a call preflop to 700,000 seemingly the standard every hand at the moment, as both players invested that much preflop to see a flop of 5♣3♠4♥.
Haddad led out for 600,000 and Sportelli called, then led out for round 1 million on the 10♠ turn.
The river J♠ was checked by both players and Haddad tabled 3♣5♠ for two pair, good enough to take the pot.
Haddad – 9.475 million
Sportelli – 8.725 million
All heart for Sportelli
Facing a bet of 1.25 million from Sam Haddad on a board showing K♥J♥Q♥3♥J♦, Adrian Sportelli raised to 3.5 million, sending Haddad deep into the tank.
A few minutes later, Haddad folded, and Sportelli quickly showed 9♠9♦.
Haddad – 5.8 million
Sportelli – 12.4 million
Jaisan Patel eliminated in 3rd ($34,405)
On a board showing 9♠9♣J♥K♥J♦, Adrian Sportelli took aim and fired a bet of 1.4 million against Patel, who had approximately 2.2 million behind.
Patel moved all in, and Sportelli quickly called, tabling J♣5♦. Patel quickly tabled K♠9♥, and with a yell of “Let’s go!”, it appeared Patel believed he’d won the hand. Sportelli looked confused, before saying “What are you talking about, I’ve got the better boat?!?”
Sportelli – 9.38 million
Patel – BUSTED!
Adrian Sportelli and Jaisan Patel tangled again – with Patel again on the button, Sportelli check-called 275,000 on the flop and 500,000 on the turn with the board showing 8♦4♣9♣2♥.
The board completed with a K♠ on the river and Sportelli checked again before staring at Patel until he checked back. Patel waited for Sportelli to turn his cards over first and Sportelli quickly tabled K♦8♣ when he realised Patel wasn’t going to give him any free information. Patel flashed 8-5 and surrendered the pot
Patel – 2.4 million
Pass the parcel
Not many hands have gone to a flop so far, with most hands being over after a single preflop raise to steal blinds and ante’s, literally passing it around.
All three players just went three ways to a flop of 5♥J♠2♠ after a raise of 500,000 by Jaisan Patel on the button was called preflop by both blinds.
Action was checked around to Patel, who moved all in. Sam Haddad snap folded, and Adrian Sportelli agonised over the decision before eventually folding.
The rail is growing here in the Treasury Brisbane poker room, with many faces already knocked out of this tournament lining up to watch including Rauran Toye and Charles Caris.
Patel – 4.275 million
All three players have returned from the break and we are once again playing some poker.
Level 30: 100,000/200,000 (200,000)
The remainder of Level 29 has gone by without a single all in, and the remaining 3 players have headed off to a dinner break.
The average stack is just north of 6 million and all three players are guaranteed over A$34,000.
The current chipleader is Sam Haddad, who won the Opening Event at the GC Summer Series in November for $41,867 – his biggest score by far at the time. Finishing either 1st or 2nd here in Brisbane would eclipse that.
Change to schedule
The remaining 3 players – Sam Haddad, Adrian Sportelli, and Jaisan Patel – have agreed to go for a 30 minute break at the end of Level 29, instead of the previously scheduled 10 minute break.
There are currently 18 minutes left of Level 29.
Hanna Azimai eliminated in 4th place ($22,513)
Sam Haddad opened from the button to 425,000. Hanna Azimai thought it over before announcing all in and Haddad didn’t waste anyones time, snap-calling to put Azimai at risk.
Both players hit the K♣6♣J♥ flop, with Azimai flopping top pair, but the middle set of Haddad well in front. The K♠ turn giving Azimai trips but improving Haddad to a full house, and the 2♥ river ending Azimai’s final table run.
Haddad – 8.12 million
Azimai – BUSTED!
Cuong Le eliminated in 5th place ($17,345)
Cuong Le shoved his short stack into the middle, Sam Haddad quickly made the call, and it was off to the races.
The flop and turn spread 2♠2♦8♣A♠ and Adrian Sportelli started screaming for a six of clubs – it didn’t eventuate, but the 2♥ river didn’t help Le, who hits the rail.
Haddad – 4.5 million
Le – BUSTED!
Ruiyang Wang eliminated in 6th place ($14,342)
Ruiyang Wang and Adrian Sportelli got it all in preflop, and Wang found himself in trouble.
The board completed 8♦6♥9♣4♥9♥, a swing and a miss for Wang, who heads for the payout desk.
Sportelli – 3.615 million
Wang – BUSTED!
A disciplined Wang
Ruiyang Wang was big blind next hand, with nearly half of his stack committed in blind and ante. Sam Haddad min-raised UTG and was called by Adrian Sportelli on the button, and Jaisan Patel in the small blind, giving Wang pause for thought. Wang eventually slowly slid his cards forward, chosing to stick around a little longer.
Patel led out on the 5♠K♥5♥ for 325,000 into the pot of 1.275 million, Haddad folded and Sportelli called. The pair checked through the 3♠Q♦ board and Patel tabled A♣K♣, good enough to win the pot.
Sportelli – 2.26 million
Patel – 6.275 million
Le right back in it
Ruiyang Wang shoved and Cuong Le made the call in a clash of the short stacks. Everyone else got out the way and the cards were revealed.
The Q♣9♥7♣5♣9♦ board missed everyone and Le doubled up.
Le – 1.71 million
Wang – 650,000
Level 29: 75,000/150,000 (150,000)
Admiral Azimai traps
Jaisan Patel opened to 240,000 and Hanna Azimai called from the button. Cuong Le 3-bet jammed from the small blind, and Patel mulled his options over before folding.
Azimai snap-called, however, the trap set and sprung.
Azimai remained ahead all the way through the 6♦5♠9♠6♠3♣ board and earned more than a full double.
Azimai – 3.8 million
Le – 350,000
Jimmy Siu eliminated in 7th ($12,030)
Jimmy Siu open shoved for 830,000 and was called by Sam Haddad, before the blinds got out of the way.
Haddad’s superior pocket pair held all the way through, turning Siu completely dead on the turn on a complete board of 6♠A♦7♦K♥10♣
Haddad – 5.15 million
Siu – BUSTED!
Sportelli h8s the river
Adrian Sportelli raised UTG to 285,000 and recieved three callers – Jaisan Patel and Jimmy Siu to his left, and Hanna Azimai from the blinds.
Azimai and Sportelli checked the 7♥8♦Q♠ flop and Patel shoved for 1.41 million. Siu and Azimai folded, but Sportelli snap called.
Patel was in dire straights as Sportelli practically wheeled away in celebration – the board completed 5♣8♥ though and Patel binked the two outer to survive.
Patel – 3.9 million
Sportelli – 4.29 million
Siu and Wang form band of thieves
Jimmy Siu and Ruiyang Wang have shoved three consecutive hands between them, stealing the blinds and antes. Siu shoved first from the hijack, then Wang shoved twice in a row from hijack and middle position.
“One time!” cried Sportelli, as he peeled his cards almost baccarat-style to fold 5♣9♦ face up on Wang’s first shove, against Sportelli’s big blind.
Wang – 1.68 million
Siu – 1.95 million
Save your money
Sam Haddad limped in the small blind and Hanna Azimai checked the big to see a flop of 4♦8♣2♣.
Haddad checked, and Azimai fired 120,000 into the middle. Haddad triple checked his cards and called, both players seeing a K♠ drop on the turn. Haddad check-called a bet of 240,000 from Azimai and then checked a third time on the A♥ river.
Azimai slid a glance at Haddad and asked what he called her with. “Save your money” responded Haddad, and Azimai checked behind. Haddad tabled K♥5♦ and Azimai mucked.
Level 28: 60,000/120,000 (120,000)
With that, our players are off on their first break of the day. There are 7 players remaining, with 7th place recieving $12,030 for their efforts. Ruiyang Wang is the current short stack with 1.18 million, whilst Adrian Sportelli leads the way with just over 4 million, and the average stack right now is 2,600,000. We’ll get some up-to-date chip counts during the break.
Hanna Azimai raised to 200,000 in the hijack, and action folded to big blind Jaisan Patel. Patel 3-bet to 400,000 and Azimai made the call.
The K♠10♠9♥ flop was checked by both players, then Patel led out for 575,000 on the J♦ turn. Azimai mulled her options, before announcing all in, which was counted down to be 1,665,000.
Patel thought about it for some time before letting it go, continuing Azimai’s rise up the chip counts.
Azimai – 3.3 million
Patel – 1.54 million
Adrian Sportelli raised UTG+1 to 225,000 and action folded around to Hanna Azimai in the big blind.
Azimai announced all in, and Sportelli asked to see her stack – about 2.56 million. After a couple of minutes, Sportelli let it go.
Azimai – 2.93 million
Sportelli – 3.15 million
Jimmy Siu raised UTG to 240,000 and was immediately 3-bet by Ruiyang Wang to 700,000.
Action folded back around to Siu, who shoved, and was quickly called by Wang.
Wang found himself well behind in a massive cooler and could not catch on a complete board of 9♥7♠K♥A♦10♦ as Siu turned him dead.
Siu – 2.7 million
Wang – 800,000
Level 27: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Patrick Coffey eliminated in 8th ($9,828)
Patrick Coffey opened UTG to 160,000, and was called by Ruiyang Wang in the cut-off before Sam Haddad 3-bet to 510,000 on the button.
Coffey announced all in, and Haddad took a moment, saying “I don’t think I can lay this one down – if you have Aces or Kings good on you” before making the call.
“He’s got Queens!” yelled Adrian Sportelli, and he was right, as Haddad tabled his hand.
It was a classic race, and Haddad held on throughout the ten-high board (that Sportelli called for) of 8♠3♠10♣5♥8♣ to knock out Coffey.
Haddad – 4.49 million
Coffey – BUSTED!
Haddad had it again
Sam Haddad opened from the cut-off to 160,000 and Patrick Coffey came along from the big blind.
The two players saw, and checked, a flop of 7♠3♠J♦, then Coffey led out for 115,000 on the 2♥ turn. Haddad made the call.
Coffey led out for 350,000 on the 10♣ river and Haddad quickly called.
Coffey tabled K♣9♥ for King high, and Haddad slammed down J♥10♦ to scoop with top two.
Coffey – 1.78 million
Haddad – 2.95 million
Graham Cowan eliminated in 9th ($7,644)
Graham Cowan has been eliminated at the hands of Patrick Coffey.
Coffey opened to 160,000 from the cut-off, and Cowan 3-bet jammed his big blind.
Coffey asked for a count, and upon hearing 610,000 quickly made the call.
Coffey remained ahead throughout the entire board of 6♠K♥7♣K♣ and sealed the deal with a J♣ to take us down to 8 players remaining.
Coffey – 2.49 million
Cowan – BUSTED!
Jimmy Siu shoved all in under the gun on the very next hand for his remaining 340,000 – the short stack at the table.
Action folded around to Adrian Sportelli on the button, who made the call, before both Jaisan Patel and Graham Cowan let their blinds go.
The board dropped 6♠K♣2♣ to give Sportelli a flush draw, and he nailed it on the 7♣ turn. “You’re not dead, you’re not dead” said Sportelli, and he was right, as the river peeled 6♣ to give Siu the Ace high flush and survive
Siu – 880,000
Sportelli – 3,255,000
Relief for Azimai
With a pot of over 800,000 in the middle, Hanna Azimai fired 500,000 first to act from the hijack.
With the board showing J♣A♠9♠4♦, Patrick Coffey mulled it over before announcing all in, causing Azimai to reel. “If I fold these…. you’d have to have two…”
Azimai made the call, and Coffey tabled A-J. The relief on Azimai’s face was immediately apparent – as she also tabled A-J. The table erupted in laughter at her expression – “We wanted blood!” yelled Adrian Sportelli.
Level 26: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
On the second hand of play, Adrian Sportelli and Jaisan Patel went heads up to a flop of 8♦2♦K♠.
Sportelli led out for 250,000 and Patel responded with a raise to 500,000. Sportelli wasted no time announcing all in, and Patel was put to the ultimate test within five minutes of sitting down.
Patel eventually folded, and Sportelli showed A♠K♣. “I had K♦9♦, I’d have been all in!” laughed Graham Cowan.
Sportelli – 3.7 million
Patel – 2.1 million
With 6:47 remaining of Level 25, play has commenced on the Final Table of the Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event. The button started in Seat 9.
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
The time has come! After three huge days of poker action, we return today for the final table of the Treasury Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event.
The nine remaining players have already guaranteed themselves a minimum $7,644 payday but all eyes are on the trophy and its $76,433 top prize.
Leading the way is Adrian Sportelli with 2,995,000 in chips although Riuyang Wang and Cuong Le are both nipping at his heels.
Who will run true when it matters most? PokerMedia Australia will be live from start to finish to bring you all the action as we determine our Treasury Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event champion!