Andy Lee Takes Down the Star Poker Summer Series Main Event

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December 12 2011

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"Andy Lee, winner of the 2011 Star Poker Summer Series Main Event"
December 13, 2011

The inaugural Star Poker Summer Series Main Event has entered the record books as Andy Lee took down the title and the majority of the $1 million prize pool which featured an unprecedented overlay.

The event was scheduled to take five days but it was all over after an action filled four days which saw some of the country's best players descend upon Sydney for the Star Poker Summer Series Main Event.

All the chatter during the week was the of the $1 million prize pool of the event and whether or not the tournament would be able to reach their ambitious guarantee after announcing the event late into the year and without the aiding of online satellites. Those questions were somewhat answered after Day 1a when only 58 players hit the table on the first of two Day 1 flights.

The next day would need to improve by an obscene amount in order to reach the $1 million guarantee and while the 106 players on Day 1b was a huge improvement, it wasn't enough as the Main Event would feature an unprecedented $221,000 overlay.

The total players to take to the felt over the two day one flights was 164 and of those players, 121 returned to the tables on Day 2, among those was the likes of Steve Leonard, Daniel Neilson, Grant Levy, Jesse McKenzie, Leo Boxell, Mel Judah, Graeme Putt, Andrew Scarfe, Ben Delaney and Tony Hachem.

Unfortunately for the above players, they wouldn't be able to survive Day 2 as only 18 players remained at the end of the day. Among those 18 and returning with a chance to take down the big prize and bragging rights in Sydney included Jonathan Karamalikis, Ali Khalil and Matt Rolfe.

Each of the three aforementioned players returned with healthy enough stacks to contend with, but it was eventual champion who would start Day 3 with the biggest stack, while Michael Kanaan also returned with a lot of chips after dominating his Day 1 flight.

It was expected that Day 3 would see play down to the final table before returning on Day 4 to finish the action off with a final table but play went quicker than expected as Rolfe and Khalil hit the rail with 7 other before only a final table remained.

Kanaan and Karamalikis would take to the final table with the likes of Peter Skouteris, Jay Malig, Tom Rafferty, Dien Nguen, Matviy Bilenky, Mark Wright and of course, the eventual winner in Lee.

Nguyen and Malig would be the first to hit the rail before the 2010 APPT Sydney Main Event Champion, Karamalikis would be eliminated in 7th place.

After Wright succumbed to the rail in 6th place, Kanaan would be eliminated in 5th place and would no longer be able to add another title to his ANZPT Sydney victory.

The next to bite the dust was Skouteris in 4th place, while Bilenky's 3rd place finish would leave only Rafferty and Lee to fight it out for first place.

Rafferty would be aching for the win as he already had come so close to victories in Sydney after posting a 9th place at the 2008 APPT Sydney event and a 3rd place at the 2010 APPT Sydney event.

Unfortunately for Rafferty he would only get one step closer to Sydney gold as Lee would prove to strong and take down the $270,000 first place prize, sending Rafferty home with $170,000 for his runner-up finish.

The big win for Lee would be added to the $10,000 he received for taking down the Pot Limit Omaha side event earlier in the week.

Final Table Results:
1st: Andy Lee - $270,000
2nd: Tom Rafferty - $170,000
3rd: Matviy Bilenky - $100,000
4th: Peter Skouteris - $80,000
5th: Michael Kanaan - $67,500
6th: Mark Wright - $55,000
7th: Jonathan Karamalikis - $45,000
8th: Jay Malig - $35,000
9th: Dien Nguyen - $27,500

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