Karl Krautschneider Inaugral winner ANZPT Adelaide
Karl Krautschneider has taken the inaugural PokerStars.net ANZPT title at the SKYCITY Casino in Adelaide. Krautschnieder, from Melbourne, rarely let the lead slip during the final table, eliminating most of the other finalists himself. His reward for outlasting them and the 214 others overall, is $170,215.
Overnight the finalists chips were bagged up with the tallies looking like this...
Seat 1 - Bruno Portaro - 552,000
Seat 2 - Mike Stecker - 390,000
Seat 3 - Karl Krautschneider - 662,000
Seat 4 - James Broom - 443,000
Seat 5 - Julius Colman - 596,000
Seat 6 - Tony Dunst - 635,000
Seat 7 - Dean Nyberg - 439,000
Seat 8 - Daniel Noja - 304,000
Seat 9 - Celina Lin - 261,000
On the very first hand James Broom faced a decision for all his chips, holding A-K to a raise. It was too big a hand to fold and Broom pushed forward his 443,000. It was Bruno Portaro's pocket 7s which had a slight lead pre-flop, a lead that held all the way to the river and suddenly there was a little more room around the table. Broom took home $11,740 for ninth place.
Play then settled down for a while, the only significant hand over a 90 minute spell being when Daniel Noja doubled up his 230,000 stack, his Q-J flopping two pairs against Tony Dunst's pocket sevens.
Soon after it was Portaro all-in once more holding the ubiquitous A-K. The money went in on the 9-K-3 flop, and when Krautschneider, holding the calling hand as well as a larger chip stack, tabled his cards he was behind, showing queens. A ten on the turn increased his chances by four outs, getting it the hard way when he found a queen on the river for a set. Bruno Portaro had to be happy with 8th place and $17,610.
A 50 minute hiatus followed, but it was just the calm before a storm of eliminations. Celina Lin 9th and last female surviving
Celina Lin, who had played well from mid-way through day two, was again low on chips. After Dean Nyberg had made a standard raise Lin move all of her chips in. The others folded back to Dean. He had A-K - the last two players had been eliminated holding this same hand - and called. Lin had gone in with sixes and held the lead until the flop of A-3-Q. No sixes on the turn or river, sending Celina Lin out in 7th place for $23,475.
Take a deep breath, let it out, and before you could take another the short stacked Julius Colman stepped up to the plate. Julius hadn't been in it today so when he saw a J-4-5 flop he pushed with his Q-J. Tony Dunst had raised preflop and there was no good news for Colman who watched Tony show his pocket jacks after being the only caller. A king on the turn left Julius no outs except for the exit door. Julius Colman left us in sixth place for $29,345.
Do the breathing thing again except this time you can't even exhale before another all-in called.
Local online player Dean Nyberg probably thought he was good in this one. Certainly he had very little choice but to lose all his stack here. A flop Ah-Ad-8d started all the trouble. Nyberg was holding Qd-Jd and his bet on the flop was called by Karl Krautschneider. Nyberg check raised the turn when he made a flush with the 6d now showing. Karl flat called before a 7h on the river. Now Dean pushed all-in, groaning loudly when Karl called showing Kd-Td for the nut flush. Dean Nyberg took fifth place and a slip to take to the cashier for $41,085.
Similar turnaround time before the very low stacked American player Mike Stecker decided to get his chips in. When he saw A-4 he bet all he had preflop, which was 230,000. Karl Krautschneider made the call with A-Q. The flop was a nightmare for Mike A-Q-3, leaving him only running fours or a five, two finish to survive. Too much of an ask - Mike Stecker out in fourth place for $52,825.
At this point, the chip counts were as follows...
Karl Krautschneider, Aus, PokerStars qualifier, 2,240,000
Tony Dunst, USA, PokerStars player, 1,240,000
Daniel Noja, Aus, 400,000
Krautschneider held a commanding chip lead with Daniel Noja on the short stack.
Noja was able to gain a lot of ground in the next half hour winning chips from both Dunst and Krautschneider. Noja pulled ahead of Dunst when the following hand came around.
Noja had made top pair with a medium kicker against Dunst's one over card to the board and a flush draw. These two had played some big hands and this one was no exception -all the chips went in. Daniel's pair was a jack, the same card that fell on the turn. But, keeping up the drama, it was the suit that Dunst needed for his flush. Noja needed a repeat on the river but it didn't come.
Noja's final hand came soon after, pushing in with Kc-Jc. But Tony Dunst held Ac-Qc. Noja needed to pair up, but Dunst's nut flush held sway. Daniel Noja out in third place for $64,565.
Krautschneider and Dunst squared off on the table, Dunst in his customary dark grey suit, Krautschneider in a relaxing grey polo shirt. It was a hard call to predict the length of play still to come. These two had been the best two players over the last two days and both had built their stacks through prolonged and aggressive play.
Dunst managed to close the chip gap significantly but Krautschneider pulled away again, making a well timed runner-runner straight.
The two exchanged chips for a while more until a flush draw settled the tournament.
With the blinds at 12,000-24,000, Krautschneider raised to 60,000 which was called. After seeing a flop of 4-2-K with two clubs, Dunst checked and Krautschneider made the same bet of 60,000. Dunst then raised another 140,000. Krautschneider took some time to contemplate his move - he had 8-9 of clubs - before he decided to push. Dunst had been dealt the Kd-2d for two pairs and he called.
The 3d hit the felt on the turn, and with the crowd stretching over the ropes to see the action, we witnessed the end of this main event when the 7c came on the river to complete Krautschneider's flush.
Tony Dunst finishes 2nd in the first ANZPT main event, winning $111,520
We were done with Karl Krautschneider winning the inaugural trophy of the PokerStars Australia and New Zealand Poker Tour, and a cool $170,315!
Congratulations Karl!The winning hand - flush on the river