Andrew Dales wins 2014 Adelaide Poker Championships Main Event

November 14th 2014 By Joshua Bell

The 2014 Adelaide Poker Championships Main Event has been won by Andrew Dales as he overcame Joseph Vinecombe heads-up to win the title and the $38,080 first-place prize.  

One of Australian poker’s longest-running tournaments, the 2014 Adelaide Poker Championships, played host to its $2,400 buy-in Main Event this week.

The event kicked off in the Poker Zone at Adelaide Casino on Tuesday. There was a single Day 1 flight and there ended up being 43 entrants. That field created a solid $92,880 prize pool, which would ultimately be distributed to the top five players.

By all accounts the opening day of the 2014 Adelaide Champs Main Event was enjoyable for all, with the Poker Zone putting on a spread of food platters and snacks for the players. However, it would be even more enjoyable for the 22 total players who made it through to Day 2.

The chip leader at the end of Level 1 was Lindsay Thompson. He turned his starting stack of 50,000 into 186,900. The second largest stack belonged to Paul Gogia (184,200), while Patrick Healy rounded out the top three with 165,700.

The reigning champ, Piyush Gupta, also bagged up a six-figure stack on Day 1, but he would be one of the 16 players who would be eliminated on Day 2 on the way to setting a six-handed final table.

2014 Adelaide Champs – Final Six
Andrew Dales - 768,000
Jo Reina - 402,000
Scott Flanank - 396,000
Joseph Vinecombe - 307,000
Patrick Healy - 211,000
Francesco Sergi - 85,000

When the final day began there were two certainties – only one player would be the official bubble boy and only one could end up being the champion.

Unfortunately for the short stack Francesco Sergi, it was he who would end up going home empty handed when he moved all in preflop with A-4 and couldn’t hold up against Joseph Vinecombe’s A-T.

With the bubble burst, the final five players had locked up at least $6,500 but would all be hoping to make it to top three where the big money started paying out.

The chip leader at the start of the final day, Andrew Dales, was on a bit of a roller coaster, losing a big pot with pocket aces against Vinecombe during five-handed play. Dales, however, would go on to eliminated Patrick Healy in 5th place

From there, Scott Flanank (4th) and Joe Reina (3rd) were eliminated to usher in heads-up play between Dales and Vinecombe.

Dales had quite a big chip lead to kick it off, with 1.8 million to Vinecombe’s 335,000. Blinds at this point were 12,000/24,000 and so Vincecombe would need to do some quick work.

Vinecombe started strong, doubling up with A clubs9 spades against Dales’ A diams7 diams, but couldn’t hold on to his tournament life as he would be on the losing end of the final hand of the tournament.

All the chips went in preflop, with Vinecombe at risk with K diams10 spades against Dales’ A spades9 hearts. The board ran out A hearts6 clubs9 spades8 spades6 spades, with Dales making two pair to send Vinecombe home as the runner up an crowning himself as the champ.

2014 Adelaide Champs Main Event – Results

1st: Andrew Dales- $38080
2nd: Joseph Vinecombe - $24150
3rd: Joe Reina - $14860
4th: Scott Flanank - $9290
5th: Patrick Healy - $6500

Congratulations to the champion Andrew Dales. He picked up $38,080 for that effort, which is the second largest result of his career behind a runner-up finish in the Melbourne pub poker ‘Main Event’. Dales now has over $180,000 in tournament results on his resume.

Joseph Vinecombe, meanwhile, clearly has a solid record at Adelaide Casino, adding another $24,150 to the $40,880 he picked up when he won the Poker Zone Cup two years ago.

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