Only the beginning: Barba, Caldwell headline epic APLPT Albury series

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Patrick Barba has earned his third APL Poker Tour career title, shipping the APLPT Albury Main Event at the Commercial Club for almost $18,000 in cash and prizes.

Having won both the Deep Freeze and the Jackstar Super High Roller at the APLPT Melbourne series last year, Barba topped the all-Victorian final table, defeating Michael Callanan heads-up to cap off what was a very profitable four days for players south of the NSW/VIC border.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia in the moments after his victory, Barba revealed that he has doubled down on his efforts in studying the game and is determined to make the most of every opportunity.

“It’s a great feeling … winning a Main [Event] is hard to do and I am super, super proud of how I played,” Barba said. “It’s important to celebrate the wins, but this is just the start for me.”

“I just wanna be the best, or at least be competitive with the best, and that only comes from working hard.”

In addition to their payouts, Barba, Callanan and third-place finisher Daniel Brash have each received a seat into the 2023 APL Million Main Event.

APLPT ALBURY MAIN EVENT – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($180 buy-in, 802 entries, 99 players paid)*

PlaceNameStateAmount
1stPatrick BarbaVictoria$17,905*
2ndMichael CallananVictoria$20,000*
3rdDaniel BrashVictoria$8,125
4thBrayden JinksVictoria$6,965
5thMark WilliamsVictoria$4,690
6thNick TsangariVictoria$3,610
7thChris SofianosVictoria$2,765
8thPeter TriantafiVictoria$2,405
*Denotes heads-up deal, excluding APL Million Main Event seats, valued at $1,500 each; full results available at playapl.com

Joining Barba on the Jackstar honour roll was Rheman Caldwell, whose breakout performance in the Albury edition of this event resulted in his biggest career score, pocketing $53,350 in prize money in front of a boisterous home crowd.

Caldwell now adds his name to an illustrious list of poker superstars who have won the prestigious title, including the tournament’s namesake and APL Ambassador, Jackie Glazier, as well as Chris Andreadis, who emerged victorious in the Monster Stack.

In other major results, Dean Schneider took out the NLH Mini High Roller before Dexter McMillan claimed his second APLPT title after winning the NLH Terminator. Wonthaggi’s Troy Walker shipped the Deep Freeze, while Clinton Taylor defeated APLPT Sydney Jackstar Champion Rodney Maggs heads-up in the $350 buy-in NLH 6-Max.

From all accounts, the APLPT Albury series was a resounding success, generating a total of $614,970 in total prize pools from 3,141 entries, reinforcing the game’s popularity throughout regional Australia and will no doubt result in Albury becoming a regular addition to the APL’s mid-tier product.

The APLPT will soon return to Wrest Point Hobart for its final leg of 2022, with the APLPT Tasmania series running from 24-27 November; for more information, including updates, images, results and feature table streaming from all APL major events, log onto playapl.com or follow the Australian Poker League on Facebook.

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