ANZPT Perth: Grunter is King Once Again

Posted at 05:36 2011-03-28

The 2011 PokerStars.net Perth Main Event has crowned its champion as PokerNetwork’s own Grant “grunter” Levy has taken down the title, defeating local John Corr in an epic heads-up battle. Levy entered the final table as chip leader, and with a point to prove as he was focussed on going all the way.

He didn’t have it easy though, as he survived a final table that was extremely aggressive with plenty of three and four-bets preflop and some fascinating psychological warfare, especially between Levy and young gun Aaron Lim.

Lim caught a nice river to bust local hero Ted Nguyen in 8th before Peter Parsons lost a race against PokerNetworker Tim “TurnRiva” Marsters to finish in 7th place. Marsters then kicked up the aggression with a preflop five-bet against Huu Lan and stormed into the chip lead. Luu was a little rattled and was next to go in 6th place after his pocket tens were cracked by the {ah}{7h} of Grant Levy when he flopped the nut flush.

Irishman Patrick Kearns was the last International at the final table, and he’d battled valiantly with a short stack for the best part of two days but he was next to go in 5th place as his {ks}{qs} failed to improve against John Corr’s {as}{js}.

Aaron Lim’s relentless aggression caught up with him when he unsuccessfully attempted to triple barrel Grant Levy off two pair, and then three-bet shoved preflop with {ah}{6c} only to run into Levy’s {Ac}{as}. Lim finished in 4th place but we’re sure to see more of him on the ANZPT in future.

John Corr and Tim Marsters continued their rivalry until a cooler of a hand saw Marsters depart in 3rd place. Corr raised the button with pocket kings and Marsters three-bet from the small blind with {ac}{qc}. Corr moved all in and Marsters made the call, only to discover the bad news.

John Corr held a narrow chip lead over Grant Levy, but the heads-up battle was a long grind as the two exchanged pots for nearly three and a half hours. Levy gained the ascendency early, but Corr recovered and regained some momentum with consecutive double ups. The second was courtesy of a remarkable two-outer on the turn when Levy must thought he had one hand on the trophy.

Soon after, a preflop raising war saw John Corr go all in with {as}{kc} against Grant Levy’s {js}{jc}. It was another huge race, but fortune finally went the way of Levy as the board ran out {7c}{7d}{qc}{3d}{td}. Corr collects second-place prize money as Grant Levy was crowned ANZPT Perth champion!

With his victory Levy becomes just the second person in history, along with Brotha D, to win both ANZPT and APPT titles. He just now needs an Aussie Millions title to be the first to complete the Asia-Pacific triple crown.

Final Table Results:

1st Grant Levy (Australia) - PokerStars Qualifier - $131,500
2nd John Corr (Australia) - $83,500
3rd Tim Marsters (Australia) - PokerStars Qualifier - $47,000
4th Aaron Lim (Australia) - $38,000
5th Patrick Kearns (Ireland) - $31,600
6th Han Luu (Australia) - $26,600
7th Peter Parsons (Australia) - $21,500
8th Ted Nguyen (Australia) - $16,450

The next major event on the PokerStars ANZPT will be in Sydney from April 13th at StarCity Casino. You can qualify online to play in this tournament right now – download PokerStars and get amongst the action!

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Grant Levy wins ANZPT Perth Main Event! Grant Levy wins ANZPT Perth Main Event!

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