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Kiwi Ben Rendall Dominates New Zealand Poker Championships 2017 Main Event

New Zealand Poker Championships 2017 Main Event has its brand new winner. His name is Ben Rendall and he claimed his first place prize amounting to NZ$75,000 from the Championship culminating NZ$1,650 No Limit Hold’em event.

The Main Event commenced on the 17th August and continued to 19th, giving the poker players gathered at the championship from around the world the chance to showcase their most proficient poker game. There was a total of 147 players who took part in the NZ$1,650 buy-in Main Event as well as 78 re-entires, which provided for the prize pool to swell to the impressive NZ$337,500 and attract much more attention to the Main Event. The New Zealand Poker Championships 2017 took place at the Christchurch Casino which is the usual host of the prestigious poker festival.

Ben Rendall was one of the poker players present at the Main Event and the Kiwi poker player managed to climb to the first position on the leader board and defeat the rest of his rivals. Following him closely was Steve Ahn, who reached the runner-up position and received NZ$55,000. The third position was reserved for Kwang Son who claimed NZ$39,000 from the New Zealand Poker Championships Main Event. All three of them are from New Zealand thus proving the quality of poker play performance Kiwi players can demonstrate. Rendall succeeded in defeating the winner in this year’s edition of Aussie Millions Main Event Shurane Vijayaram.

At the beginning of the second day of the Main Event, Rendall started with bigger stack, but his dynamic game took him on a trip between the two extremities. He lost quite a lot of his chips due to his brave manner of playing. Rapidly approaching the final table he reserved his seat at it by putting pressure on some of his rivals for the big cash. When asked what is his secret behind being among the top in a tournament, he said that one needs to understand both the game and the people playing it, in order to have an advantage over them.

Poker player Ben Rendall is one of the highly-performing and very promising players in New Zealand and he has a lot to offer on the gaming tables. Rendall is a 26-year-old doctor from Palmerston North whose first appearance at the poker field happened back in 2014. He took part in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour in Auckland, New Zealand. At the NZ$2,250 + 250 No-Limit Hold’em APPT Auckland Main Event he finished 8th in the race for the big prize and won NZ$16,500 (US$13,101) for his efforts. This event also marked his biggest cash up until this year’s edition of the New Zealand Poker Championships. He is more of an online poker player, rather than a live one since there are not many events happening in his home Palmerston North.

 Author: Benjamin Barry

Benjamin Barry‘s career is worth observing, since he is not only a competent writer, but he has also practical experience at poker tables.