Australian David Lim Wins ANZPT Auckland Main Event

Posted at 20:37 2013-11-24 by Tim Duckworth

The final day of the 2013 Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Auckland Main Event saw just 12 players return to the SKYCITY Auckland Casino to battle down till just one remained.

Overnight chip leader Amant Nauhria began his day by playing a huge pot against David Lim. Nauhria three-bet Lim as both players saw a {3-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{K-Clubs} flop with Nauhria betting out and Lim calling as the {10-Clubs} on the turn saw Nauhria check-call a big bet as the {10-Hearts} landed on the river. Nauhria moved all in for nearly a million and Lim quickly folded to see Nauhria extend his chip lead.

Jason Cook would be the first player eliminated when his {6-}{6-} lost a race against Nathan Gubieski’s {J-Spades}{8-Spades} before Raybon Kan followed in 11th when his {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} ran into Lim’s {A-Spades}{J-Spades}. The final female in the tournament, Angela Brewster, would unfortunately become the final table bubble girl when she was all in with {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} against Gubieski’s {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} with the board running out {7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{J-Spades}{2-Spades} to see the final table set.

ANZPT Auckland Final Table

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Dean Stevenson115,500
2David Lim1,124,000
3Stanislav Chataline125,000
4Ia Rimamaki246,000
5Amant Nauhria1,409,000
6Nathan Gubieski473,500
7Brad Stafford91,000
8Paul Gahan236,500
9Nicolas Oger249,000

Dean Stevenson would be an early final table casualty when he moved all in with {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and was called by Lim’s {J-Hearts}{J-Spades}. The board ran out ten-high and Stevenson was out in 9th before Ia Rimamaki fell in 8th when his {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} couldn’t outdraw Nicolas Oger’s {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts} as the first break was reached with Nauhria and Lim still in control.

With play back underway, Brad Stafford – who found triple up just a few orbits prior – three-bet all in holding {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} but was up against Paul Gahan’s {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}. Unfortunately for Stafford there would be no nine on the board and he was out in 7th place. Nauhria would see his stack roller coaster up and down over several big hands before he dispatched of Stanislav Chataline in 6th when on a board of {J-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades} his {J-Hearts}{3-Hearts} would hold up against Chataline’s {A-Spades}{7-Spades} as the river landed the {Q-Hearts}.

Nauhria would then lose a pot to Gahan as Lim won one to see him take the slight chip lead before taking a huge pot from Nauhria to have more than double his nearest rival. Both player exchanged bets on a {Q-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs} board with Nauhria checking the river and revealing just {K-}{10-} as Lim tabled his {A-Hearts}{3-Hearts} for ace-high to win the pot.

In a battle of the blinds, Oger would find himself all in holding {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs} against Lim’s {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}. The {J-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{J-Hearts} flop put Oger in the lead, but when the {2-Hearts} on the turn and the {K-Spades} on the river landed, Lim would strike a one-outer to send Oger crashing to the rail in 5th as his stack flirted with the 2 million-chip mark as four headed to break. Nauhria saw his stack halved twice once play resumed to be down to roughly 15 big blinds before Gahan would exit in 4th when his {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} couldn’t win a flip against Gubieski’s {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. Nauhria would then fall next when his {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} couldn’t improve against Lim’s {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} as just two were left.

David Lim – 2,800,000
Nathan Gubieski – 1,300,000

Lim pushed his lead out further before the final hand would be dealt after roughly 15 minutes of play. Lim opened with a button raise and Gubieski three-bet before Lim put in a small four-bet. Gubieski moved all in and Lim quickly called tabling his {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} to be ahead of Gubieski’s {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. The board ran out {J-Spades}{8-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} to see Lim crowned ANZPT Auckland Champion – the first from Australia – and recipient of NZ$110,760 in prizemoney.

ANZPT Auckland Results (213 players, NZ$426,000 prizepool)

1stDavid LimNZ$110,760
2ndNathan GubieskiNZ$70,290
3rdAmant NauhriaNZ$39,618
4thPaul GahanNZ$31,950
5thNicolas OgerNZ$26,625
6thStanislav ChatalineNZ$22,365
7thBrad StaffordNZ$18,105
8thIa RimamakiNZ$13,845
9thDean StevensonNZ$10,650

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