After an impressive grind on the final table, Pierce Hynes has been crowned the champion in the inaugural Stacked Poker Festival $4K Challenge.
Renowned for his stentorian yet highly entertaining approach at the tables, the South Australian grinder outlasted a field of 56 total entries, grinding his way up from the shorter stacks at the start of Day 2 to collect a top prize $64,000, defeating Fotis Fotakis heads-up for the title.
The turning point for Hynes came midway through through the final table; with the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000) Hynes first eliminated Weng Wong in fourth place before extending his chip lead after turning trip Kings against Stacked Poker Adelaide Main Event champion, Joe Sandaev.
Coincidentally, Hynes’ victory was eerily foreshadowed by the tournament’s namesake, Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros, with the Australian Poker Hall of Famer wearing a shirt bearing Hynes’ face adorned with a golden crown after losing a friendly side bet.
STACKED ADELAIDE POKER FESTIVAL – THE CROC’S $4K CHALLENGE ($4,000 buy-in, 56 entries, seven players paid)
Meanwhile, the Stacked Adelaide Poker Festival Main Event officially kicked off with the first of three Day 1 flights. From the 70 total entries taken in for Day 1A, 19 players have advanced to Day 2 on Sunday, with Chris Edgar finishing as chip leader with 398,000. Andrew Michael, Chris Colaneri, Khac-Trung Tran and Jerry Zhang were amongst the other notables to have also bagged through.
STACKED ADELAIDE POKER FESTIVAL MAIN EVENT – DAY 1A CHIP COUNTS ($2,000 buy-in, 70 entries, 21 survivors)
|Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros||235,000|
PokerMedia Australia‘s continued Live Reporting coverage of the Stacked Adelaide Poker Festival Main Event continues today (Saturday), with cards in the air for Day 1B at 12pm ACST before rolling into the Day 1C Turbo flight at 8pm. For more information, including the full schedule and side event results, visit the Stacked Poker Facebook page or log onto stackedsocial.com.au.