Written By Carla Harris
Rhonda Quinn has claimed the title of Australian Deaf Poker Champion 2014 at this year’s Deaf Poker Association tournament held in Western Australia.
Quinn made an impressive array of back-to-back wins at the table in this year’s prestigious tournament held at the Crown Perth. In total, Quinn was able to beat a pool of 101 Poker maestros in the main event becoming the third woman in history to claim the prize.
The competition was tough with former Champions Michelle Rowlands and John Girvan on the list of entries as well as prominent names from Europe such as Andrew Mclean and Magnus Olofsson. Nevertheless, Quinn confidently powered through the event defeating all of her opponents.
Quinn’s final blow was delivered on Sunday, 19 Oct, when she ousted Carlos Navarro from New South Wales from the competition who was hot on her heels. She rolled out a Js-5c hand that paired beautifully with the Qd-2c-Jh-5h on the board.
Of considerable note is Quinn’s epically calm reaction to the win against the backdrop of screams and celebrations from her Melbourne Kings team members. She remained still for a good few minutes before requesting a photograph be taken of her on her camera phone.
Running for its 6th successful year, the DPA’s Championship provides the opportunity for deaf and hearing-impaired players who have a passion for the game to use a combination of Australian sign language and regular speech at Poker tables.
Quickly gaining in popularity, next year’s DPA event will be appended to the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT).