Voegele victorious in Adelaide

The sun is setting across the River Torrens as another beautiful day in Adelaide has drawn to a close. While many locals will be nestling on the couch or tucking up into bed, ready for another working week ahead, there will be a few celebrations tonight in old Adelaide town as the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide series has drawn to a close.

It's been a great week of poker with a record field for tournament poker in South Australia, a thrilling final table and a thoroughly deserving champion.

Octavian Voegele first came to our attention this time last year when he impressed on his way to a third-place result in the ANZPT Adelaide main event. Fast forward 12 months, and Voegele was back on the same stage, only this time he didn't let the opportunity slip. Entering today as the chip leader, it wasn't always smooth sailing for the friendly Austrian, but his skill and composure was evident through as he grabbed a well-deserved victory.

In fact, similar qualities were evident with runner-up Jesse McKenzie. A massive day one chip leader, McKenzie was always towards the top of the counts throughout the tournament. On the final table he stormed to a massive chip lead three-handed and appeared set to claim the title. Unfortunately a few key flips went against him and his lead was eroded before Voegele stormed through to claim the title.

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Earlier on in the day, it Oliver Grujic who was first to go in 9th place, before a lengthy period of play where things were tight and big pots were few and far between. It took several hours before Danny Chevalier departed when he ran into Jesse McKenzie's aces, and he was soon followed by Aussie Millions final tablist Jeff Rossiter when he collided with the pocket kings of Charles Caris.

One of the defining moments came with the demise and elimination of John Apostolidis. After copping a three-outer to double up Andrew Dales, it only got worse for Apostolidis when his pocket aces were outdrawn by Jesse McKenzie's pocket tens when a perfect ten appeared on the flop. McKenzie soared up the chip counts as Apostolidis had to be content with 6th place.

He was soon joined at the cashier by Charles Caris in 5th place who lost a preflop race to Octavian Voegele. With play four-handed it was Ian Parnell who went on a mini-rush with a nice river flush to double through Andrew Dales, before some big pairs thrust him into contention.

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Octavian Voegele and Jesse McKenzie were continually tangling in raised pots and you got the feeling it was a matter of time before a big clash erupted. It happened when Voegele pushed his pocket nines, but McKenzie called with pocket queens. They held up and "On The Mac" was on the move as he claimed a big chip lead.

McKenzie extended it further with the elimination of a gallant Andrew Dales in 4th place. In a battle of the blinds Dales pushed his K♥Q♥ but McKenzie again tabled the right cards at the right times when his dominant A♠Q♣ held on a board of 6♣2♠7♦A♦9♥.
It was at this point that McKenzie's good fortune deserted him as he doubled up both opponents in quick succession, and when Ian Parnell ran his A♠9♥ into the A♥A♣ we were suddenly heads-up for the title.

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Voegele held a good chip lead, and despite one double up from McKenzie, the end came when the two saw a flop of 6♦9♠4♦. The chips went flying with McKenzie going with 9♥5♦ for top pair but Voegele had flopped two pair with his 6♥4♥. The turn was the Q♦ and the river the J♥, to leave Voegele standing as the ANZPT Adelaide champion!

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Final Table Results:
1st Octavian Voegele (Austria) - $148,900
2nd Jesse McKenzie (Australia) - PokerStars Player - $99,260
3rd Ian Parnell (Australia) - PokerStars Qualifier - $55,150
4th Andrew Dales (Australia) - PokerStars Qualifier - $44,670
5th Charles Caris (Australia) - $35,850
6th John Apostolidis (Australia) - $27,570
7th Jeff Rossiter (Australia) - $19,300
8th Danny Chevalier (Australia) - $14,060
9th Oliver Grujic (Australia) - $11,040

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank David Galpin and his hard-working staff at the Adelaide Casino, not only for their work during the week, but for their ongoing hospitality. We also feel welcome in Adelaide and love nothing more than enjoying a stone-grilled steak and a few beers at the Strath at the end of a long week.

Many thanks also to John Goodridge for his talented photography from today's final table.

That wraps up our coverage from the ANZPT Adelaide. Stay locked into the PokerStars Blog for more live updates from tournaments around the world, and of course, we hope to see you in Perth from March 23-27 for the next stop on the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour.

Until then, good night from Adelaide!

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Victoria Square, Adelaide
(Image courtesy of SATC and Tourism Australia)