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After a massive Final Day which saw 78 players return to the felt in the 2012 SKYCITY Deep Stack Series, Jun Li from Auckland took out his first ever live tournament picking up the SKYCITY Deep Stack Series title against Auckland’s Matt Carter collecting NZD $22,370.00 for his efforts.
The SKYCITY Deep Stack Series saw 153 players from around New Zealand taking their seats in the SKYCITY Poker Room encompassing three Day 1’s. From the original 153 players, 78 survived to play on the final day.
Players fell fast on the final day with those holding short chip stacks busting out quickly. Play was halted once the Final Table was decided. The Final Table returned with 600/1200 blinds with the clock wound back to 40 big blinds to the average stack. Play continued on until there were only two players vying for the title of SKYCITY Deep Stack Series champion.
Heads-up lasted only a matter of minutes when Li who was chip leader and full of confidence went all in against Carter. Li showed a Queen (Diamonds) and 9 (Hearts) against Carter’s Ace (Diamonds) and 2 (Diamonds) with the cards on the table falling in Li’s favour giving him a Straight over Carter’s Ace High. Jun Li picked up the tournament title and the NZD $22,370.00 prize money for first place.
The payouts for the tournament are as follows
16th – Leilani Vaughn – Auckland - $770
15th – Nick Hood – Auckland - $770
14th – John Harman – Auckland - $770
13th – Mike Tyler – Hamilton - $770
12th – Lean King – Auckland - $1150
11th – Anthony Corin – Auckland - $1530
10th – Brandon Naidu – Auckland - $1840
9th – Sam Ruha – Auckland - $1990
8th – Chao Pang – Auckland - $2370
7th – Lee Yeung – Auckland - $2910
6th – Paul Reid – Auckland - $3520
5th - Damon Smith – Hastings - $5740
4th – Eric Chang – Auckland - $6890
3rd – Cole Swannack – Auckland - $8570
2nd – Matt Carter – Auckland - $14,540
1st – Jun Li – Auckland - $22,370
For information on SKYCITY Auckland’s next poker tournament go to www.skycityauckland.co.nz/poker