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Tony Hachem Wins Back-to-Back ANZPT Player of the Year Titles!

Posted at 06:18 2010-10-30

It’s official. Tony Hachem is the man. Mr. Consistency. Yes, Hash has done it again. ANZPT Player of the Year honours - back-to-back! Hachem has not left any doubt in the minds of the people that he is a player of exceptional calibre. Last year we saw Hachem cash in all but one of the ANZPT events on the inaugural tour to take ANZPT Player of the Year honours. For the 2009 win, Hachem won a sponsorship deal, which involved sponsorship into this year’s events of which he didn’t waste a moment.

Hash kicked off the tour this year with a final table performance in Adelaide, ultimately finishing in 7th.  But it didn’t take long before he would again get his chance at his first major title and when the opportunity arose, he wasn’t going to let it slip away a second time. Hachem became the ANZPT Perth champion in March, cashing $132,000 for the victory and collecting the coveted trophy.

On the back of last year’s ANZPT success, Season 2 was expanded to eight stops, up from five in 2009 with Perth, Canberra and Darwin added to the calendar. In the 13 in ANZPT history, Hachem has cashed in eight.

The events which led to Hachem’s back-to-back victory were quite dramatic and could not have played out better for the defending champ. The finale in Darwin was always going to be a thrilling one, with the POTY a hotly-contested race between four different possible contenders. John Maklouf and Andrew Scarf held the top two positions, with only a few points separating them. Hachem was sitting third not far behind, followed by Aaron Benton. Maklouf and Scarf both enjoyed a solid day one, ending their respective days amongst the chip leaders. Hachem was also not far off the pace. Moving into Day 2 and here is where the gate opened for both Benton and Hachem. In an uncanny twist, both of the ANZPT POTY leaders, Maklouf and Scarf, found themselves all in within seconds of each other on side-by-side tables. Maklouf had a decent stack that went to battle when his pocket queens ran into Anthony Flanagan’s cowboys. The ladies could not seduce the kings this time and all of a sudden our leader was out and could accumulate no further points to boost his POTY standing. Literally seconds later, Scarf, who was behind a shorter than average stack, pushed pocket eights to flip against his opponent’s king-queen. The ladies were not kind to either of our POTY front-runners as the queen spiked the board and sent Scarf to the rail empty handed as well.

Maklouf and Scarf healed their wounds by signing up together for last night’s Teams Event where they finished in second place.

However it was Hachem who was headlining yet another ANZPT Main Event. It almost seemed like a sealed fate. However Hachem was put to a few big decisions that led him to this ‘fate’. Decisions that flipped the other way would have written a much different story. He folded kings twice preflop and laid down jacks to kings at times that many of us would have gone broke.

With Benton falling just shy of the money in 15th place, Hash had a clear run at the title – all he needed to do was to cash. And if there’s one thing that history has proven, Hash can cash at the ANZPT!

With just 12 players remaining when play resumes tomorrow all eyes will be on Tony Hachem. He may have sealed the POTY, but the job still remains to become the final ANZPT champion of the year. He’s proven that he also knows how to win. What could make the back-to-back POTY even more sweet, even more impressive? A second ANZPT championship title!

Congratulations Tony on a stellar performance on what has been another thrilling series that we are proud to call our own.

For Hachem's win he will enjoy PokerStars.net sponsorship to the value of approximately $55,000, inclusive of entry into four APPT events and either the Aussie Millions Main Event or the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event, next year.  The package includes accommodation and return economy airfare.

As the runner-up, John Maklouf wins sponsorship into five Season 3 ANZPT events, inclusive of accommodation and airfares with a value of approximately $25,000.

Andrew Scarf takes the final podium position with a prize to the value of $10,000 towards a combination of ANZPT/APPT entries and packages in 2011.

* Image courtesy of PokerStars Blog

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