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AU$1,150 Main Event

Event Info

Prize Pool 363,896 AUD
Players 366

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000
AU$1,150 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

John Bogdanovski Wins The Poker Palace Summer Championships $1,150 Main Event After Marathon Heads-Up (AU$100,000 / $76,623)

KaleGozer • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
John Bogdanovski
John Bogdanovski

After a marathon heads-up that lasted four hours, John Bogdanovski prevailed over Mark Staples to become the winner of the $1,150 Main Event at the Poker Palace Summer Championships in Sydney's Club Marconi. Bogdanovski outlasted a field of 366 entrants to claim the first-place prize of AU$100,000 at the end of a long day.

Bogdanovski defeated runner-up Staples after an epic heads-up duel, forcing Staples to settle for the second-place prize of AU$63,000. Start-of-the-day chip leader Toby Giles rounded out the podium and received AU$40,000 for his efforts. The cashes were lifetime Hendon Mob records for all three, smashing their respective previous bests.

Notables running deep in the event included Michael Tran and Didier Guerin who finished in fourth and fifth, while Grant Levy just missed out on the final table after finishing in 11th place.

$1,150 Poker Palace Summer Championships Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (AUD)Prize (USD)
1John BogdanovskiAustralia$100,000$76,623
2Mark StaplesAustralia$63,000$48,233
3Toby GilesAustralia$40,000$30,624
4Michael TranAustralia$24,500$18,757
5Didier GuerinAustralia$19,500$14,929
6Adnan Al-MalikiAustralia$15,000$11,484
7David HirstAustralia$11,500$8,803
8Steve GergisAustralia$8,500$6,506
9Joseph AntarAustralia$6,500$4,975
Main Event Final Table
Main Event Final Table

For those that stayed on top of PokerNews' live updates throughout the final day, as well to those watching in the room itself, Bodganovski's victory shouldn't have come as a surprise. Bogdanovski dominated the final table throughout and was personally responsible for knocking out five of his seven opponents and decimating the sixth one. At times, it almost felt like he was untouchable.

That is, until he ended up heads-up against Staples. Coming into heads-up play with a 3:1 chip advantage, the ball was in Bogdanovski's court to quickly finish the job. Staples, however, had a different plan in mind. It resulted in a gritty heads-up battle that lasted almost four hours. Twice, Staples came close to a comeback but ultimately, Bogdanovski never surrendered the lead and finished the job late in the night.

That wraps PokerNews first-ever live coverage of the Summer Championships at the Poker Palace! The $5,000 Super HIigh Roller, scheduled to be played out alongside the Main Event today, bagged with three players remaining. PokerNews will provide details of that event once the final results are in.

Once again, records here were smashed across the board; make sure to check out the website to keep up to date with the latest poker offerings at Club Marconi. Until next time!

Poker Palace Summer Championships Payouts
Poker Palace Summer Championships Payouts

Mark Staples Eliminated In 2nd Place ($63,000)

MervHarvey • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Mark Staples went all-in with for his last 2,300,000 with {j-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and John Bogdanovski snap-called with {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}.

The {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop propelled Bogdanovski even further ahead, the turn {j-Diamonds} provided a small sweat, but the river {10-Hearts} spelt the end of this heads up battle.

With that, John Bodganovksi has won the $1,150 Main Event for $100,000! Mark Staples will have to settle for second place and will take home $63,000 for his fantastic effort.

John Bogdanovski AU 18,300,000 2,300,000
Mark Staples AU Busted

All-In and a Call

MervHarvey • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

The first all-in for some time happened when Mark Staples shoved and was called.

Staples: {a-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Bogdanovski: {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

The board came {10-Hearts}{2-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Staples doubled up.

John Bogdanovski AU 11,100,000 -2,900,000
Mark Staples AU 7,200,000 2,900,000

Bogdanovski With Two Pair

MervHarvey • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Mark Staples raised to 500,000 and John Bogdanovski called. The flop came {9-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and Bogdanovski check-called a bet of 900,000 from Staples. Both players checked the {8-Hearts} on the turn.

On the {3-Hearts} river, Bogdanovski bet 1,100,000 and Staples called. Bogdanovski showed {j-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} for two pair and won the largest pot in quite a while.

John Bogdanovski AU 14,000,000 4,100,000
Mark Staples AU 4,300,000 -4,100,000

Break Time

MervHarvey • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Players are on a 10 minute break.

Bogdanovski Picks Off A Pot

MervHarvey • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

John Bogdanovic raised to 375,000 and Mark Staples called. Both players tapped the felt on the {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{9-Clubs} flop.

On the turn {6-Spades}, Staples bet 400,000 and Bogdanovski called. The river was the {2-Diamonds}, Staples bet 700,000 and Bogdanovski called.

Bogdanovski had trip sevens while Staples meekly showed a queen-high.

John Bogdanovski AU 13,400,000 3,000,000
Mark Staples AU 4,900,000 -3,000,000