Locals stoke poker flame

GLADSTONE'S poker players proved their proficiency at the second Australian Poker League Brisbane Big Bucks tournament on Sunday, with four top-60 finishers from a field of more than 350.

Pete Besgrove was the pick of the Gladstone contingent with an impressive 32nd place in a competitive crowd of tournament winners from Brisbane, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and beyond.

“I feel as though I achieved something. I might not have won but it was a good feeling and it was a good event to be involved in,” Besgrove said.

“I was happy with my results, but, like everyone else who didn't win, I want to do better next time around.”

Fifteen Gladstone players made the journey to Moreton Bay Sports Club to challenge for the $1500 first prize and Poker Tour package, which admits entry to the three major Poker Tour events of the year at Star City, Crown Casino and Jupiters, which have a $300,000 prize pool.

“Gladstone had a good showing and it only makes the local competition stiffer. It also derives a bit of interest in the sport,” Besgrove said.

The tournament was a success according to competitors and organisers and Besgrove believes that the Australian Poker League is moving from strength to strength with new initiatives like the Big Bucks.

“APL is doing a great job. They're heading in the right direction and these stepping-stone tournaments are fantastic,” he said.

“This was a little different to the state championships just because of the prizes on offer, but as far as an event goes it was excellent and it's a good goal to chase.”

Besgrove said that the Big Bucks was a brilliant opportunity for amateur players to get their shot at glory, as all local tournament winners were eligible to play.

“Anyone can win on their day if you're lucky enough. You've got to have a certain amount of skill but there's a certain amount of luck involved as well,” he said.

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