Australia: Star Poker Syndney Championship & Joe Hachem Challenge

Star Poker Sydney Championship

Kahle Burns
Kahle Burns (Photo Star Poker)

The Star Poker Sydney Championship has now concluded, with several tournaments having taken place through its duration. This series, which provides great prize pools, is one of several interesting events that take place across Australia. With the Aussie Millions being globally recognised, many of these events fly under the radar despite offering great value to players.

The Star Casino complex is undoubtedly one of the finest casinos in Australia, and a prime location to host such a series. Chao Duan, Hannah Lee, Steven Hirst, Philip Dingle and Jason Wicks were all event winners in this series. After their events, the $7K Challenge event followed with some serious prize money amounting to $143,778 to be won. Rory Young was the eventual winner, having outlasted the field and defeating Robert Spano heads up.

The Main Event set a new attendance record, as 428 players bought in to the 3 day event. This is a clear sign that this series is growing in popularity. Joel Cohen and Kahle Burns reached heads up, with Burns managing to convert his chip lead into victory, earning himself $297,203 in the process.

Final table results (Australian Dollar)

1st: Kahle Burns – $297, 203
2nd: Joel Cohen – $189, 347
3rd: Reece Bedot – $106, 058
4th: Jarryd Godena – $82, 090
5th: Marc Liddell – $65, 313
6th: Andrew Kitchen – $53, 329
7th: Andy Lee – $41, 345
8th: Stevan Chew – $32, 357
9th: Matthew Wakeman – $23, 968

Joe Hachem Challenge

Crown Poker
Photo Crown Poker

Another important tournament series which is currently ongoing in Melbourne is the Joe Hachem Challenge series. This offers players several events in the $175-$550 buy in range. Providing larger prize pools, the $1,100 buyin Tourney, the $1,650 Heads Up Team event and the $1,650 Main Event will be closing the tournament series. There are plenty of Holdem events on offer, but there are also events for mixed game, PLO, and Omaha Hi/Lo scheduled. Game diversity along with the quality of the Crown Casino are all helping to make this an increasingly popular series on the poker calendar.

Dennis Huntly prevailed in the opening event, with Ruzman Hussan, John Hughes and George Cotaidis all joining him as victors so far. The Main Event will start tomorrow and will be the closing chapters in this exciting Melbourne series.

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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