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Alisha Wormald Wins the Deaf Poker Australia Championship

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Deaf Poker Australia (DPA) also referred to as International Deaf Poker Federation (IDPF) World Championship, has been holding poker tournaments for the deaf community for the past 10 years. The initiative was founded with the aim of acknowledging and uplifting deaf culture and identity. The tenth-year edition was held at the Crown Melbourne and 114 players participated.


2018 Australian Deaf Poker Championship

The buy in for the Deaf Poker Australia tournament was AU$250 creating an ample prize pool of AU$22815. This prize pool would be split amongst the 15 finalists. The final 15 had some notable names including the founding member and onetime treasurer of Deaf Poker Australia, Mark Theodossiou who exited the casino game sixth. A New Zealander, Chris Blum walked away in ninth position with AU$685. Two other New Zealand players, Rena Muscat and Caleb Thorn, took the seventh and eighth positions respectively. Rena had an AU$915 prize and Caleb AU$1140.

The top five positions were held by strong opponents. In fifth place was Michael Lockrey who captained the 2017 Deaf Poker Australia State of Origin winning team. Matthew Hayman who was knocked out in fourth place and was playing his fifth final table in the DPA championship. The top three, Rino Spadea, Alisha Wormald and Daryl Jordan battled it out for the top position. Spadea was ousted by Wormald’s A-Q combination which beat Spadea’s A-10 against the A-8-6-2-3 board. Eventually Alisha Wormald came out victorious to win a whooping AU$5930.

The Next Deaf Poker Australia Championship Tournament

The gambling community definitely looks forward to the next International Deaf Poker Federation (IDPF) World Championship in 2019. This leg will be hosted by Crown Casinos again but in Perth. The 2020 Championship rights have been secured by UK Deaf Poker.

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