PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event: Gordon Huntly Wins!
Posted at 17:47 2012-03-26
The PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Sydney Main Event has wrapped up for 2012. A bumper 461 players took to the felt in The Star City Casino generating a $922,000 prize pool and making it the second richest ANZPT Sydney in the tour’s four year history. 27 players returned to play down to a champion on Day 3 and it was Scotland’s Gordon Huntly who took home the trophy and the winner’s prize of $226,812.
Nicholas Heather held a big chip lead as the day began but he couldn’t get going on Day 3 and his day ended in -disappointment when he crashed out before the final table in 12th place. Then young Aussie Liam O’Rourke took control of this tournament in most impressive fashion. O’Rourke has previously made a final table at ANZPT Gold Coast and was keen to use his experience to ensure this time he finished better than his 3rd place finish that time. With a monster chip lead O’Rourke was involved in nearly every hand at that the start of the final table with his eyes fixed on the prize he eliminated 2008 APPT Sydney Champion Martin Rowe in ninth place.
Not long after Rowe’s elimination, it was Bradley Lancken who would find himself on the rail in eighth place. Shortly thereafter Craig Blight was eliminated in seventh place, before 2012 Aussie Million Main Event Champion Oliver Speidel joined him on the rail in sixth place. Speidel had been among the chip leaders for most of the tournament and his final table finish here will cement his reputation as one of the top Australian players on the felt right now. Jason O’Brien and O’Rourke rumbled for much of the final table and as such it was somewhat apt that O’Brien’s elimination would come at the hands of O’Rourke. O’Brien lost a massive flip holding against O’Rourke’s and it was out the door in fifth place. With four players remaining the action slowed and it took two hours of play for the next elimination to occur, but finally it was Stewart Ballard who was eliminated in fourth place. O’Rourke eliminated Anthony Aston in third place, to go into heads up with a slight chip lead.
However, Huntly had O’Rourke’s number heads up and disposed of his highly aggressive opponent in less than half an hour. The last hand of the night for O'Rourke saw him all in preflop holding but it was up against the of Huntly. The Scot has a very impressive poker CV with cashes all over the world but the $226,812 he claims for this victory will top his previously largest cash at APPT Manila in 2010. This year’s ANZPT Sydney will go down as a hugely successful start to season four of the tour. The bumper prize pool will hopefully be a sign of things to come. The next stop is Perth over the May 2nd-6th period at the Burswood Entertainment Complex. It will be interesting to see the numbers in the mining boom region for the modest $1,100 buy-in which is half the usual for an ANZPT Main Event. Stay tuned to PokerNetwork for all your Australian poker information until then!
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