07/01/2004

A Little Bit of Quality!

Joe Beevers 'The Elegance'

The Aussie Millions, Melbourne
A$500 Pot Limit Omaha
Report by Joe on Wednesday, 7 January 2004 at 9:37 pm

There are a total of 12 tournaments here at Crown, the first four being relatively small affairs. Today though was the biggest event so far, the $500 PLO with unlimited re-buys. Sure enough the prize money was almost double that of any day so far with nearly $34,000 as first prize. Barny predicted a good Mob showing today and you would always expect something in a decent PLO event so was he to be right?

Well I was drawn on the same table as Barny but we were both drawn on what could be considered the worst table of the eight. There was Gary Benson, a seven card gold bracelet holder from Sydney, Graeme Putt, recent best all round player from St Martin, Peter Selby, Lord of Rock and a few other players from the Southern Hemisphere that made me look like Mr Loose Juice! Needless to say that by the end of the re-buys we had had a total of just 6 re-buys on our table whilst on Ram’s table there had been 26 plus! Everyone on our table was under stacked and even when a there were a couple of clashes and casualties Tino Lechich was moved to our table with as many chips as the rest of us put together. When Tino limped and I raised with the dreaded Aces he called, ‘Giving me a spin’, with Kings and sent me to the bar talking to myself. Ram and Ross went out at about the same time leaving the new ‘anchor man’ , Barny Boatman, as the sole remaining Mobster.

With two tables left Barny was still there and even though he found himself on the receiving end of a couple of bad beats in key pots he managed his second final of the week. He finished 10th leaving fellow countryman Dave ‘El Blondie’ Colclough going well...full result below...

Those of you that have been following The Prima Poker Tour by way of this diary may be familiar with my diary from Dublin entitled ‘Disturbing’ where hotel staff took no notice of the ‘ Do Not Disturb’ sign placed on the door. Everything that Dublin hotels aren’t Crown is and some. Of all the hotels that I have ever stayed at Crown Towers is at the top of the Premier League and very worthy of its 5/6 star rating.

Crown doesn’t bother with ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs. All rooms have a section on the wall outside them with a door bell and ‘do not disturb’ and ‘please make up room’ lights that are operated from inside the room. Not only do the hotel staff follow the instructions if they come to service the room, deliver dry cleaning or a message and the ‘DND’ sign is lit they put a note under the door to let you know.

On my first trip here I opened my case and the shirt I wanted to wear was a bit creased so I phoned housekeeping to ask for an iron and an ironing board. I was informed that they were ‘In the walk-in wardrobe Sir.’ ‘What walk-in wardrobe?’ I hadn’t noticed it between the bathroom and the bedroom.

Crown Towers is the sort of hotel that if you leave your room and return an hour later it has already been made up whatever the time of day. The housekeepers then return early evening to turn down the beds leaving chocolate and mints on your pillows. The beds are so comfy that it is dangerous to sit on them if you intend to go out again that day.

The rooms are so incredibly well equipped. The mini-bar (which is always restocked daily) has every type of drink you could imagine and the most popular items can also be found on a shelf above should you run out of anything. There are mints, chocolates, chewing gum, plasters, crisps, nuts, biscuits, breath fresheners, as well as a box of ‘Berocca’ tablets, a disposable camera and even a travel plug (who ever thought of that deserves a drink). There are quality red wine glasses, white wine glasses, champagne glasses and glasses for long drinks as well as spirits. There is a fax machine, unlimited network broadband internet access from £4 per 24 hour period as well as internet access via the TV if you don’t have a laptop. There is also another TV above the bath (nice touch) and a huge walk in shower that you could spend a day in. The European hotels that provide one flannel to dry yourself with are put to shame by four huge soft comfy towels and an equally soft towelling robe.

All this and for about the same price as a small room in a pension hotel somewhere down Rue Washington in Paris.

I think you get the message, I like it here!

Australasian Championships Event No.5 - Pot Limit Omaha
Buy In A$500 Entries 76 129 Rebuys

1st Seth Towle $33,827
2nd John Madaffari $21,525
3rd Martin Comer $11,275
4th John Dalessandri $8,200
5th David Szetho $7,175
6th Gary Benson $6,150
7th Kevin Khouiss $5,125
8th Per-Werner Swennson $4,100
9th David Colclough $3,075
10th Barny Boatman $2,050