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2006 Crown Australian Poker Championship

Tournaments, 2006-01-20, by TwoGun

When Australian citizen Joseph Hachem won the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event (and the $7.5 Million that came along with it), many predicted the popularity of poker in Australia would skyrocket. The 2006 Crown Australian Poker Championship saw nearly a 60% increase in participation from 2005, an indication that Joe Hachem may have indeed help put poker on the map in Australia.

The tournament features a $10,000 AUD buy-in main event, which converts to about $7,500 USD. This year 418 players participated in the growing tournament. Lee Nelson, a player from New Zealand, outlasted the field to win the first place prize that was just shy of $1 million USD.

Robert Neary, an American player, finished 2nd to Nelson. A few well known names in the poker world finished in the money; Kenna James (9th), Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari (11th), and Kathy Liebert (13th).

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