As reported on PokerWorks prior to the event, Extreme Poker held its fourth extreme poker tournament on October 4th at the cliffs of North Head in Manly Cove, an area opposite the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia.
According to attendees, the tournament took place as planned on a platform above the 90-meter high rocky cliffs of North Head on a day with blustery winds but clear skies. The Cliff Hanger event got underway with all of the suspense that the organizers and players anticipated. All of the players admitted being quite jarred by the height of the platform and the windy conditions that caused the waves to crash loudly on the rocks below.
Mathew Horton was the first player eliminated from the tournament and was forced to plunge to the ocean below with a safety rope attached to provide a bit of a safety factor, as no one wanted a fatality on their hands. The danger factor of hitting the rocks in the bay 90 meters below was intimidating enough. Cameron Stewart and Matt Delbridge followed down the cliffs, and the sole female player Donna Conlan was eliminated in fourth place, having to follow her predecessors to the rocky ocean side below the platform.
Going into heads-up play, Hugo Asenjo had approximately 90% of the chips as compared to Andrew Cha Cha's short stacks. Cha Cha did his best to stay in the game but finally lost to Asenjo's two pair and was forced to take the dangerous leap off the playing area. Asenjo, a Sydney native, was allowed to walk off the platform and claim victory. He was awarded a trip to the Caribbean where he will travel in November to participate in the Extreme Poker Underwater Final 2007 event.
Asenjo commented, "I'm surprised and ecstatic to win. The fear of having to jump off the platform kept me going with grit and determination - and it worked. Now for my next challenge, I need to learn to scuba dive and get myself a passport!"
After the underwater event in November, Extreme Poker will begin planning its 2008 extreme poker tournaments, and they are currently seeking ideas from the general public for locations and interesting ways to be eliminated. By logging on to www.ExtremePoker.com, anyone is welcome to submit their suggestions.