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Indian-Origin Gautam Dhingra Wins Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event For AU$156,051 ($113,309)

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  • PG News August 17, 2018
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Held over a period of 13 days, the Melbourne Poker Championship finally concluded on August 13. A total of 15 events were hosted at the Crown Casino, and the marquee AU$1,650 buy-in Main Event was taken down by Indian-origin player Gautam Dhingra (cover image) for AU$156,051 ($113,309).

Attracting a field of 523 participants, the event collected a prize pool of AU$784,500, with only the top 63 spots assured a min-cash of at least AU$3,140.

Dhingra topped the nine-player final table that was dominated by Australian pros, alongside American Jordan Westmoreland and Korea’s Hyung Tai Kim.

The Melbourne native Dhingra has been somewhat regular on the poker circuit since 2010 when he posted his maiden cash of AU$600 ($551) by placing 36th in the AU$200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em at the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series 4. He went on to win his career-first international title in the Event#7: AU$1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Shot Clock at the 2016 Crown Poker Championship for AU$27,450 ($21,161). This win brought him his second international title along with a new career-best score.

Gautam Dhingra
Gautam Dhingra

Final Table Results (AUD)

1. Gautam Dhingra – AU$156,051

2. Hyung Tai Kim – AU$124,424

3. Julius Colman – AU$66,690

4. Simon Chahine – AU$50,210

5. Jordan Westmoreland – AU$34,520

6. James Harketts – AU$27,455

7. Adam Markiewicz – AU$22,360

8. Andrew Zebrovius – AU$18,830

9. Minh Hau Nguyen – AU$15,690

In addition to the Main Event, 14 other events were also held at the Melbourne Poker Championship.

Event#1: AU$300 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Opening Event, pulled in a massive field of 740 entries generating prize pool of AU$185,000. David Kelly shipped the event for AU$40,240 ($29,780), while Petrit Abazi finished runner-up for AU$24,975 ($18,483).

197 runners joined the action in Event#2: AU$160 + 40 No Limit Hold’em – Hyper Turbo resulting in an AU$31,520 prize pool. Alex Goulopoulos won the event for AU$7,885 ($5,835).

Event#3: AU$500 + 50 8-Game was won by Troy Mclean for AU$12,655 ($9,366) and Event#4: AU$500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack found a winner in Idris Hassan for AU$45,030 ($33,268).

Event#5: AU$350 + 50 Pot Limit Omaha – Terminator was a fast-paced event which gathered 174 runners for a prize pool of AU$43,500. Sean Ragozzini took down the event for AU$11,090 ($8,207).

Khac-Trung Tran claimed the trophy and the top prize of AU$30,975 ($22,977) in Event#6: AU$500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – 6-Max, while Joel Williams topped Event#7: AU$1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Six Max Shot Clock for AU$34,835 ($25,797).

Event#8: AU$ 4,750 + 250 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller crowned Tino Lechich as the champion, who banked AU$95,620 ($70,990) for his efforts.

Meanwhile, Jesse McKenzie outlasted 189 players to win Event#9: AU$500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty for AU$21,625 ($16,055), while Adam Edwards emerged victorious and banked AU$6,825 ($4,996) in Event#11: AU$250 + 50 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo.

Event#12: AU$300 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Shot Clock Terminator and Event#13: AU$350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Shot Clock Teams were won by Timothy Sheehan for AU$12,920 ($9,433) and Shawn Mahiyuddin for AU$4,063 ($2,966) respectively.

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