Peter Kassiotes has broken through for his first Australian mid-tier title after defeating a field of 618 entries in the WPT League QPC Sydney Main Event.
In what was a frenetic end to the $675 buy-in tournament, the final table was all wrapped up in the space of four hours, with Kassiotes taking home $51,000 and the championship gold ring after shaking hands on a three-way ICM deal between runner-up Adrian Pacheco and third place finisher Van Le.
During his post-match interview, Kassiotes revealed that his love of cards runs deep in the family and joked that he was more or less “married to the game”, having his met his wife Stephanie whilst working at The Star Sydney as a croupier.
Kassiotes admitted to PokerMedia Australia that poker had taken a back seat in recent years, now channelling his energy into looking after their two children and running the Morning Hit Drive Thru Cafe out in Sydney’s south-western suburbs.
“I started Morning Hit back in 2011 in Drummoyne, out of a little tin trailer, and it got successful quite quickly, so we had to expand,” Kassiotes said. “We moved out to Bankstown in 2016 and and upgraded to a 14-foot container … the next thing we gotta do is install an awning, which will cost about 10 grand.”
“I love playing poker, but I only have time to play on Saturdays … I might see if I can play a bit more, maybe a couple of times a week to see if I can improve my game a bit, but my family and my work comes first.”
WPT LEAGUE SYDNEY QPC MAIN EVENT ($675 buy-in, 618 entries, 63 players paid)*
PMA now returns to the Seagulls Club for the WPT League Tweed Coast QPC series from 11-15 May; for more information, including full schedules and results from all QPC events, log onto au.wptleague.com.