After five days of poker action at Crown Perth in Western Australia, the victor of the third stop on Season 5 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour has been decided. For the rest of time, the history books will say that Dejan Divkovic claimed the 2013 ANZPT Perth Main Event title and the AU$114,000 first-place prize to go along with it.
Season 5 ANZPT Perth Results
At the beginning of the day, there were four players with relatively short stacks compared to the rest of the table. However, with the blinds starting at 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante and the average stack at over 70 big blinds, every player had plenty of time to run their chips up.
It would take half an hour of stagnant play before the first all in occurred, with David Fragomeni the eventual player to find the rail in ninth place. Fragomeni’s final hand saw him three-bet all in from the cutoff seat holding the , only to run into the of David Evans. The dealer ran out a board, with no help for Fragomeni.
The next player to be eliminated was Luke Brabin. During Level 18 with blinds at 4,000/8,000/1,000, Iori Yogo opened the pot to 16,000 from the cutoff. Brabin called out of the big blind, and the dealer turned over a flop. At this point, Brabin check-shoved for 116,000 after Yogo bet 22,000. Yogo made the call, putting Brabin at risk. Brabin held the and was not in good shape against Yogo’s . When a turn and a river completed the board, it was all over in eighth place for Brabin.
Not long after Brabin’s elimination, James Broom would be joining him on the rail. Despite doubling up early and staying active enough to run up a bit of a stack, Broom’s final hand would eventually occur.
Broom opened from the hijack seat to 16,000. Divkovic was in the big blind and called before the dealer turned over a flop. Divkovic check-called a bet of 17,000 on the flop, then checked the turn. This time after Divkovic checked, Broom bet 31,000. Divkovic check-raised to 100,000, Broom called, and a completed the board on the river. Divkovic took his time before firing 175,000 — enough to put Broom all in. Broom made a reluctant call and turned over the for flopped two pair, but that wasn’t good enough for against Divkovic’s for a turned straight, and the Day 2 chip leader headed out in seventh place.
There was a bit of a lull in the play following Broom’s elimination, but the action would pick up during level 19 with the blinds at 5,000/10,000/1,000. Beginning with an open to 20,000 from Divkovic from under the gun, Colin Wilford called out of the small blind and so too did Philip Gidley-King from the big blind. The flop saw Wilford check, and Gidley-King bet 20,000. Both Divkovic and Wilford called, and a hit the turn. This time the action was checked to Divkovic, who bet 65,000. Wilford moved all in for 155,000, and Gidley-King folded. Action went back to Divkovic, and after some thought, he made the call holding the for two pair. Wilford was behind with his , and the on the river changed nothing. With that, Wilford was sent home in sixth place and collected AU$23,000 for his time.
Just a few minutes after Wilford’s elimination, David Evans found himself all in preflop holding the against the of Dale Marsland. The flop gave Marsland a set of tens, and with no help for Wilford on the turn or the river, it was all over for him in fifth place for an AU$27,300 score.
Heading into four-handed play, the remaining players had an average stack of around 100 big blinds. The shortest stack at this stage was Gidley-King, and it was no surprise to see him getting all his chips in the middle when he held the on a flop. Gidley-King’s opponent was Yogo, who had flopped a set with his . Gidley-King hit his flush on the turn, but the board paired up on the river to deliver Yogo a full house. With that, Gidley-King was sent home in fourth place.
Following Gidley-King's bustout, Marsland had been the short stack for much of his last few orbits, and he got all his chips in the middle when he woke up with the in the big blind. Marsland had to come out on top against the of Yogo. Despite having a ton of outs on the turn of a board, the on the river meant that Marsland would be gone in third place, earning AU$41,000.
With two players remaining, it was the first time an ANZPT Main Event would have two nationalities from outside of Australia or New Zealand represented in the heads-up battle. It was Divkovic, from Bosnia, who held a slight chip lead over Japan’s Yogo going into the match, but it wouldn’t stay that way for long.
At Level 21 with blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000, Divkovic opened the button to 35,000. Yogo three-bet to 100,000, and Divkovic made the call. On the flop, Yogo led for 150,000, and Divkovic raised it up to 375,000. Back on Yogo, who had Divkovic covered, he decided now was the time to move all in. Divkovic instantly called, putting his tournament at risk.
Divkovic was in front with his set, but would need to dodge Yogo’s open-ended straight draw. The turn rendered Yogo's draw useless as it gave Divkovic a full house, and the completed the board on the river. Yogo was left with an almost 10-1 chip deficit.
Despite managing a quick double following the above hand, Yogo would soon find himself all in and exiting the tournament in second place shortly thereafter. The inevitable final hand of the ANZPT Perth Main Event began with Divkovic opening the button to 35,000. Yogo called, and the dealer flipped over a flop. Yogo check-called a bet of 35,000, and the was dealt on the turn. Yogo checked, and Divkovic bet 76,000. Back on Yogo, this time he check-raised to 250,000. A call came from Divkovic, and a would complete the board on the river. Yogo opted to lead this time, sliding out his last remaining 580,000. Divkovic thought for a few moments and then made the call.
“You win,” said Yogo as he turned over for only nine-high. Divkovic tabled his , and with that, he had become the champion of the ANZPT Perth Main Event.
With the completion of the event, that wraps up PokerNetwork's coverage of the ANZPT Perth Main Event. Our many thanks to PokerStars and to all the staff at Crown Perth for another fantastic event. We will back on deck on the next stop of the ANZPT in Sydney this March.
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