ANZPT Sydney is now over for another year for myself, and it leads to what will obviously be a very strange time for poker in general due to the indictment of the 3 biggest poker sites. Obviously everyone who wants to read about that has read about it so I won't go on too much, just to say that it will probably be a few very good weeks to grind in somewhat softer fields before the top American players find ways around this current ban.
It has been a disappointing week for me in live poker, with a 50 something finish in the ANZPT Sydney main with 45 paying and just busting the $1100 headsup in the semi-finals for $4k. I will probably do a whole blog with a bunch of hand histories from the last few days in it once I get home.
I find every live series enjoyable just to catch up with the guys I talk to on a daily basis online, but only get to see a handful of times a year due to geographical differences. The one thing I have to whinge about this series was the lack of direction the floor managers had in general, every ANZPT plays 7 levels on day 1, due to a shift change during the bagging process they decided to extend it to 8 hours without any prior notice. This would not have really annoyed me at all but when they started the blinds on day 2 at the same level we had already played on day 1 it showed a real absence of common sense. They had a set blind structure for each of the days, due to the late finish on day 1 they simply didn't change it for day 2. If they are going to announce a structure weeks before the tournament they should stick with it. A few other things annoyed me a little but I won't go into detail, but it was sad to see Jason and Deb leave as them making this probably the most personable poker room in Australia was one of the reasons I like making the trip to Sydney, and I firmly believe all of the problems I had with the staff on this trip would not have happened with them at the helm.
Also quick shout outs to Random Chu on pnw who ran 6th in the Main for 35k and to Hugh 'Jackovich' Cohen for winning the 30r 6-max on PS yesterday.
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