The New Caledonia Poker Open (NCPO) began in the picturesque French island of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. The series ran between 26th February and 8th March, i.e. today. The last day of the series also saw the highlighted Main Event conclude and declare its champion.
The XPF 110k Main Event of the NCPO hosted a total of two starting flights and two final days consecutively. The event, in all, attracted a total field of 176 runners (including Day 1A’s 106 entries) and generated a prize-pool of XPF 16,896,000 (~INR 1.11 Crores). Australia’s Constantin Harach won the event for an awesome pay-out of XPF 4,477,000 (~INR 29.52 Lakhs).
Day 2 of the Main Event yesterday saw 47 players returning from Day 1A and 1B together. The bubble burst on New Caledonia native Olivia Andre at 22nd yesterday itself and the pay-outs started flowing for minimum cash of XPF 169k. One of 2019 Aussie Millions title winners Paul Hockin also participated in the Main Event from Day 1A. There were a lot of Japanese players in the mix too since the country is also located in the Pacific Ocean.
Coming to the winner of the NCPO, Harach defeated Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa in heads-up. Harach was running in 2019 Aussie Millions and bagged a pay-out there. He won his best live cash of ~$23k way back in 2007 New Zealand Poker Championships Main Event at 4th place. He is a good regional player and he’ll be hoping to make some more deep runs using this welcome earning in NCPO.
In the Final Table gameplay, after the dinner break, only 5 returned to the table. At one point, Tsuchikawa called all-in from Chi Thanh and showed pocket Sevens against Thanh’s As Kd. The flop gave Tsuchikawa a set and secured a significant chip lead. The heads-up gradually arrived with Tsuchikawa still leading with around 2:1 chip lead. In a miracle hand, Harach took the lead with an all-in on the flop of 8d Qh 5c having Ks Qs with him. Tetsuya had Kh Kc and made the call. The Qc river sealed the deal giving him trips.
The final hand happened just an hour ago. It was a pre-flop all-in situation. Harach showed Ah 7c against Tetsuya’s 10c 10s. The flop gave him Harach an ace and the rest of the board proved indifferent, making him the new NCPO ME Champion.
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