It was at 8pm that the second day of the series kicked off, with the event on offer a $22 2x Chance Turbo No-Limit Holdem Event. The tournament came with a $7,500 guarantee which, like the opening two events, managed to be eclipsed with over double that amount in the prize pool.
The event brought out some of Australia’s best players, with recent back-to-back ANZPT player of the year winner Tony Hachem taking part in the tournament. With the relatively small buy-in, PokerStars with the APCOOP have managed to bring out some of the best Aussie grinders and as such the series has so far brought about some tough fields.
With the first event continuing well into the next morning with a running time close to 14 hours, it was the structure and the corresponding starting time has now become a talking point of the forums but with last nights event being Turbo it was a welcomed feature with the winner taking home the victory after just over four hours.
Several notable names made some deep runs including Gary ‘Podster1’ Henderson (12th $176.64), Chris ‘PokerDomeAA’ Levick (23rd $85.24), Alex ‘Garage13’ Dickinson (30th $69.12), Heath ‘The BigHef’ Chick (40th $61.44) and Nick ‘nickkaka’ Kakalis (69th $49.15). Also making the cash was Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang (48th $57.60), but it was well known Australian Steve ‘Steve0L_’ Leonard who would make the deepest run.
Leonard managed to weave his way through the final table, surviving until there were four players remaining. Leonard was crippled when his pocket aces were cracked by the pocket queens of WhiteRabbito, before Leonard pushed his remaining stack into the pot and found one caller, with ‘soso8088’ calling from the big blind. The board ran out . Holding , sos8088’s two-pair was too good for Leonard’s .
When play came down to heads-up it would be soso8088 with more than a 2-1 chip lead over WhiteRabbito. With the blinds creeping ever higher the chips were all in the middle with WhiteRabbito seeing his tournament life at risk holding . With a board running out and soso8088 holding , the runner-runner straight would mean goodbye to WhiteRabbito and hello to a victory for soso8088.
APCOOP Event 3: $22 2xChance NLHE Turbo
1st – soso8088 ($2,887.81)
2nd – WhiteRabbito ($2,104.32)
3rd – SeanDeLeer ($1,551.36)
4th – Steve0L_ ($1167.36)
5th – vlucky1 ($820.22)
6th – 102713 ($622.88)
7th – twin6140 ($499.20
8th – jadels26 ($345.60)
9th – Planet_Cap ($230.40)
There are still eight more events on offer at the 2010 APCOOP, starting tonight with Event 4: $33 No-Limit Holdem with a $10,000 guarantee. The makes it the first standard full-ring No-Limit Holdem tournament on the schedule and is expected to draw a big field. Remember that PokerNetwork’s exclusive APCOOP freeroll is also taking place tonight, with the tournament kicking off at 8.00pm AEDST and offering players the chance to win one of ten APCOOP tickets.