Yes, mate! Pierce Hynes wins The Croc’s $4K Challenge at Stacked Adelaide Poker Festival

Pierce Hynes

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.

Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros

STACKED ADELAIDE POKER FESTIVAL – THE CROC’S $4K CHALLENGE ($4,000 buy-in, 56 entries, seven players paid)

1Pierce Hynes$64,000
2Fotis Fotakis$43,000
3Joe Sandaev$33,000
4Weng Wong$24,500
5Gary Lin$18,300
6Higor Seibel$13,100
7Yita Choong$9,156

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.

Chris Edgar – Stacked APS Main Event Day 1A chip leader (file photo, 2022)

STACKED ADELAIDE POKER FESTIVAL MAIN EVENT – DAY 1A CHIP COUNTS ($2,000 buy-in, 70 entries, 21 survivors)

Chris Edgar398,000
Rosario Lepro342,000
Andrew Michael316,000
Hai Nguyen299,000
Francesco Sergi244,000
Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros235,000
Chris Colaneri196,000
Adrian Pacheco171,000
Huaqing Zhang162,000
Wilson Luong158,000
Obie Blanusa158,000
Khac-Trung Tran136,000
Romes Priplotski134,000
Paul Wilson117,000
Tam Truong99,000
Cvan Vlassis98,000
Nick Borrillo96,000
David Sun80,000
Jerry Zhang59,000

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

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