The Perth leg of the popular PokerStars ANZPT has come to a conclusion after Mat Carlsson bested a star-studded final table to pick up the winner's trophy, the title of ANZPT Perth champion and the not-so-small matter of the $78,275 first place prize.
ANZPT Perth Main Event Payouts
The nine-handed final table kicked off at 14:30 and within 25-minutes there was an elimination. A preflop raising war between Anthony Aston and Lucas Mierzwa broke out that resulted in the latter being all-in holding to Aston's dominated . The board ran out meaning Aston had paired his queen and that was more than enough to bust out a disappointed Mierzwa.
Thirty-minutes later and Mierzwa was joined on the rail by Paul Satzke. It was Didier Guerin who opened the betting with a raise to 36,000 who then reluctantly called when Satzke three-bet all-in for 119,000. Satzke showed whilst Guerin sheepishly turned over the lowly . The flop gave Guerin a flush draw to do with his two overcards. One of those hit on the turn when the made an appearance and although the on the river gifted Satzke a straight it also improved Guerin to a flush and the final table was down to seven players.
An hour later an one of th emost dangerous players at the table was sent for an early bath. John Shin three-bet all-in for 140,000 chips holding and ran straight into the of David Lloyd. The jacks held and Shin was busted out in seventh place.
At almost exactly six in the evening the aggressive Guerin finally came unstuck. His stack had started to dwindle somewhat so it was not surprising that he moved all-in with in an attempt to pick up some much needed chips but he was unfortunate to find his hand crushed by the of Carlsson. Guerin, who cracked kings on the previous day's play, failed to crack the mighty Rockets and just five players remained.
Carlsson showed up with a big pair again just 15-minutes later to send Lloyd to the rail. Lloyd open-shoved for around 300,000 chips with what turned out to be but was in bad shape against the of his sole opponent. Lloyd picked up an inside straight draw on the flop but his outs failed to materialise as the turn and river were the and respectively. Lloyd picked up $17,050 for his efforts.
The man who was the chip leader at the start of play, Jon Curtis, finally busted out in fourth spot just after 19:10. He was heads-up with Anthony Marenko on a flop, a flop that Marenko bet 200,000 into. Curtis moved all-in for an additional 740,000 and Marenko went into the tank. When he came out he said, "I think I'm going to have to call you Jon" and did so, turning over in the process. Curtis revealed for a flopped straight and was a big favourite to double up. That all changed on the turn though as the improved Marenko to a full house and by the time the had landed on the river Curtis was already wishing his former opponents well and was heading off to the cashier's cage to pick up $21,545.
Three-handed play lasted an hour before Aston ran into yet another big pair, this time in Marenko's possession. Marenko opened to 110,000 on the button then instantly called with his when Aston moved all-in from the small blind for 940,000 with . The final board read and with that heads-up was set.
Marenko held a narrow 2,940,000 to 2,450,000 chip advantage over Carlsson and by the time they had gone through the dinner break this was extended to 4,040,000 to 1,455,000. But five minutes after the restart Carlsson took the lead. The pair shared a flop reading , Markeno bet 325,000, Carlsson quickly moved all-in and Marenko wasted little time in making the call. He showed but was in need of help from the board as Carlsson turned ovr . That help never arrived and Carlsson took the lead.
Then at 21:50 the contest was over. Marenko limped on the button, Carlsson raised an extra 150,000 then immediately called when Marenko moved all in. Carlsson flipped over a pair of black sevens and all Marenko could muster was . By the river the board read and with that Carlsson had become the ANZPT Perth Main Event champion.
Shortly after the tournament came to an end Nicki Pickering spoke to Carlsson about his win.
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