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Danny Chevalier Wins Very first NZ Poker Tour Queenstown
July 27, 2009 9:41
Danny Chevalier, the 46 year previous poker player from Australia, has just been crowned the 2009 NZPT Queenstown-Skycity Alpine Journey champion.
The tournament drew a top class field from around the globe, which includes Australia, Argentina, Germany, the United States, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada. Although such notable names as Eric Assadourian, Grant Levy, Celina Lin, Tony Hachem, Emad Tahtouh and New Zealand-primarily based Lee Nelson, had entered the tournament, in a excellent omen for New Zealand poker, six of the nine gamers at the last table had been New Zealand primarily based.
Possessing battled his way via 134 opponents more than a six days period, Chevalier is delighted to be walking away with the NZ $87,435 initial prize and stated: I perform higher-stake income video games, so tournaments [like this] are like the icing on the cake."
Mr Chevalier stated that the very first round of the tournament was particularly tough going and that luck had played its element in him progressing more in the competitors. I was going backwards all day and played to survive," he stated.
By the time the 2nd round started, he identified himself with only $13,000 chips but was ready to turn that amount into $185,000 for the ultimate table. I shifted gears and played aggressively& It was boom or bust," he said.
At some point he identified himself heads up with Andrew Hinrichsen, and when his A 7s turned into the 'nut flush' the creating was on the wall for his Australian opponent, who walked away with $57,285.
Danny Chevalier was delighted to have won in Queenstown and explained: Queenstown is my second house and it was like enjoying in front of my property crowd . . . it was like a dream,"
Danny's preceding wins include a preliminary occasion and coming seventh in the 2009 Melbourne Poker Championships, and said he would now be returning next year to Queenstown to defend his title.
Michelle Baillie, Executive Manager for SKYCITY Queenstown, explained: We're delighted we have been able to have such a talented area of nearby and worldwide players compete in the inaugural NZPT Queenstown. Obtaining such a remarkable tournament in Queenstown has put Queenstown on the planet map for poker tournaments."