Aussie wins Queenstown poker event

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Australian Dave Allan is $110,600 richer after winning the New Zealand Poker Tour Queenstown leg.

The Sydney-sider came out on top after a ten-hour final table battle against nine other players yesterday (Sunday) at SkyCity Casino.

Allan had the shortest stack of chips as the event came down to the final three players, with American Jordan Westmorland and Aussie structural engineer Ken Demlakian ahead.

But, despite suffering from the flu and frequently having to shove all his chips into the middle, the internet pro turned the tables.

After Westmorland finished third, claiming $41,200 after being taken out by Demlakain, Allan managed to come back from just 20 big blinds left to take the title the of PokerStars.net NZPT/ANZPT/APPT Queenstown Snowfest champion.

Allan says: “Ken was playing very aggressively and pretty much winning every hand for most of the final table.

“He was getting some good cards, winning lots of pots and was difficult to deal with for the whole final table – so when we got heads up it started out the same way.

“Then I started to make some hands and sort of started to wear him down a bit. I got a big double up and it went my way from there.”

More than 149 players entered the $3,000 main event, now in its fourth year.

Allan – whose online screen name is dave798111 – recorded online winnings in excess of $200,000 in the first two months of this year alone – finishing third in the PokerStars Sunday Million tournament, second in the Sunday Storm on the same day, and winning the Super Tuesday event.

“It’s been a good year. I’ve had some success this year. I haven’t really had any success in live tournaments at all so it’s good to get a decent cash.

“Queenstown is really beautiful. I came here when I was ten. I really enjoyed it this time – we’ve been out every night. A couple of us are going to stay round for a few days to go skiing and I’ll be back next year.”

The two-hour heads up battle and the tournament ended when Damlakian got all-in with two pair, only to find Alan holding a flush. Damlakian took home $70,400.

Top Singapore pro Bryan Huang, who became the face of the tournament, finished seventh, winning $19,100.