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ANZPT Melbourne: Chris Levick is the champ

The history of Aussie poker is intrinsically linked with Crown Casino. The nation's largest gaming property has been the backdrop for some of the pivotal moments in local poker folklore.From the first Australasian Championships back in 1998 (played as a $1000 buy-in Limit Hold'em event) to the firs...more

by Sean Callander on May 27, 2009 3:12 PM

ANZPT Melbourne: Shillig survives roller coaster ride

Level 22: 12,000/24,000 (ante 3000): Like a heavyweight title fight, there have been plenty of body shots and just one KO blow during the final level before the dinner break on the final table of the ANZPT Melbourne at Crown.Heath Chick made a significant move when he won a big pot f...more

by Sean Callander on May 27, 2009 9:48 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Levick sends Savage to the cage

Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (ante 2000): Chris Levick seems firmly saddled on a horse called destiny after taking his stack back above one million thanks to two pivotal hands at the ANZPT Melbourne final table.Shortly after the first break of the day, Levick found himself in a big hand w...more

by Sean Callander on May 27, 2009 9:17 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Tassie Devil soothes the Savage

Level 20: 8000/16,000 (ante 2000): One Tasmanian may have tumbled, but the other Apple Islander is ensuring he has a big say in the outcome of today's ANZPT Melbourne final table.In the biggest hand of the day so far, Heath Chick raised to 28k in middle position, Ben Savage re-raised...more

by Sean Callander on May 27, 2009 7:54 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Burles bounced in ninth

Level 19: 6000/12,000 (ante 1000): After losing the first hand of the final table to Ben Savage, Chris Levick quickly made amends by claiming the first scalp of the day in the chase for the ANZPT Melbourne title. Nursing the short stack, Rodney Burles raised to 30,000, Levick popped ...more

by Sean Callander on May 27, 2009 7:02 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Final table profiles

Seat 1: Heath Chick (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier (283,000 in chips): His role in the local poker media has meant this Tasmanian has had little time to ply his trade on the felt. But given this opportunity, the "Tassie Devil" has rarely been out of the top 10 stacks in the ANZPT M...more

by Sean Callander on May 27, 2009 6:53 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Cards in the air at the final table

The office crowd may be kicking back for a leisurely lunch - you know, sushi rolls, a couple of soy decaf lattes - but it's peak-hour in the Crown poker room in the half-hour before the start of the ANZPT Melbourne final table.A handful of the contenders are already pacing the tourna...more

by Sean Callander on May 27, 2009 5:14 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Levick leaps to lead at day's end

What we thought might be a short and sharp sprint to the final table turned into a marathon battle of wit and will before the final table was decided for the ANZPT Melbourne tournament.More than 13 hours after the first hand was dealt to the 69 players who started day two, the nine p...more

by Sean Callander on May 26, 2009 5:00 PM

ANZPT Melbourne: Lunardi leads as final table looms

We're in the money at Crown where John Joannou has earned the unwanted title of bubble boy in the ANZPT Melbourne event.The last of his dwindling stack went in with A♦ 8♠, Jie Gao slammed over the top all-in with A♠ Q♠. Sam Khouiss thought before folding his A♥ K♥, which ...more

by Sean Callander on May 26, 2009 1:45 PM

ANZPT Melbourne: Points bubble bursts, now for the cash

Having devoured our body weight in risotto, we're back for what promises to be a dramatic evening session on day two of the ANZPT Melbourne event. After an extremely tense level 15 in which only two players were eliminated, the moves are now coming thick and fast with the blinds now ...more

by Sean Callander on May 26, 2009 11:55 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Simpson putting the Texas into hold'em

By Landon BlackhallThe inaugural season of the ANZPT has already produced some fantastic stories - Karl Krautschneider's first major tournament victory from out of the shadows of the poker giants who shared the final table; and Paren Arzoomanian's triumph in Sydney in the wake of his...more

by Sean Callander on May 26, 2009 9:02 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Everybody needs good Neighbours

Much is made of the rivalry between Australia's biggest cities Melbourne and Sydney. Nowhere more is the difference between the cities reflected than in Australia's two most popular soap operas.Home and Away is archetypically Sydney - set in the idyllic Summer Bay where the sun shines everyday, the...more

by Sean Callander on May 26, 2009 8:58 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Khouiss closing on the lead

We're getting down to the business end of things here at Crown Casino with only 33 players in contention of the 218 who started the chase for the ANZPT Melbourne title. In the last level, we saw Andy Meldrum, Michael Guzzardi, Sam Youssef, John Apostolidis, Mario Doria, Jimmy Siu, Ro...more

by Sean Callander on May 26, 2009 7:43 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Levy left four-lorn by counterfeit ace

By Landon Blackhall and Sean CallanderThe Team Australia challenge is down to one after the elimination of 2007 APPT Grand Final winner Grant Levy from the ANZPT Melbourne field. Levy's 4♠ 4♥ was counterfeited when Tino Lechich's A♠ J♠ played on a board of Q♦ 5♦ 9♣ Q♥...more

by Sean Callander on May 26, 2009 5:35 AM

ANZPT Melbourne: Royal flush provides a bad beat

By Landon Blackhall and Sean CallanderWe're used to hearing crap from poker players, but the smell from a burst sewerage pipe that is wafting through the Crown poker room is adding a whole new challenge for the remaining 52 players in the ANZPT Melbourne event. But our sole internati...more

by Sean Callander on May 26, 2009 5:32 AM
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