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ANZPT Gold Coast: Shivan Abdine Leads The Way

The day started with high expectations for 137 entrants to the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event and by the end of eight levels of play that number had been reduced to just 69.It was a field of the highest calibre, with multiple ANZPT champions, an Aussie Millions champion, a World Series of Poker br...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on August 11, 2010 2:47 PM

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 7&8 (Blinds 400-800, Ante 75)

8:15pm: Da Silva succumbs as Abdine heads the packIn the final stages of play we lost one of the Da Silva brothers as Bruno lost the war with Scott Kerr. Da Silva's final chips were in on the turn on a board of 7♠K♣3♥5♠ holding 6♦3♦ for a pair and straight draw, but he'd need to improve...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on August 11, 2010 9:17 AM

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 5&6 (Blinds 200-400, Ante 50)

6:00pm: BreakThe players are now taking their final ten-minute break of the day.5:45pm: Mixed fortunes for two champions"COME ON!!!!!" was the cry heard around the room as Bruno Da Silva had the defending champion Scott Kerr in bad shape. Kerr committed his last chips preflop with A♣K♣, but he...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on August 11, 2010 7:12 AM

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 3&4 (Blinds 100-200, Ante 25)

3:45pm: Break TimeThe players are now taking their second ten-minute break of the day.3:34pm: Freeman freedPaul Freeman is free to enjoy his afternoon on the Gold Coast following his recent elimination from the tournament. Freeman made his last stance with A♣J♠ but ran into the dominant A♠[ks...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on August 11, 2010 5:03 AM

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 1&2 (Blinds 75-150)

1:35pm: BreakThe players are now off to enjoy their first ten-minute break of the day.1:25pm: Stoltz stays strongAndrew Stoltz appears to still be the big stack of the field with his early double up seeing him sit on 43,000 chips. A couple of PokerStars qualifiers are progressing well with Shivan A...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on August 11, 2010 2:39 AM

ANZPT Gold Coast: Plenty of surf, but where's the sun?

Fresh off the slopes of Queenstown, the best players in Australia and New Zealand have traded skis and snow for surf boards and sand, as the ANZPT heads to the "Sunshine State" for the sixth event of the 2010 PokerStars.net Australia and New Zealand Tour.We find ourselves at Jupiters Hotel & Casino...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on August 11, 2010 1:19 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Lucky coin carries Cohen to victory

The writer in me loves a good storyline. When play kicked off today for Day 4 of the 2010 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event, several of those "good storylines" were in play. Could the overnight chip leader, Vesko Zmukic, go wire to wire? How would the Season 2 point races affect the play of Andrew Scar...more

by Dave Behr on July 25, 2010 1:07 PM

ANZPT Queenstown: Final table, levels 21&22&23 (blinds 8000-16000, ante 200

9:51pm: Andrew Watson eliminated in 2nd place -- Julian Cohen wins ANZPT Queenstown Main Event!After Andrew Watson started trending downwards, he didn't seem to be able to stop. On the final hand of the tournament, Watson opened all in from the button for about 450,000. Julian Cohen snap-called wit...more

by Dave Behr on July 25, 2010 11:24 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Final table, levels 19&20 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)

7:01pm: Short dinner breakThe last four players, who have been at it for almost seven hours now, have been given 30 minutes to find something to eat.6:54pm: Spilkin's check-raise doesn't get the desired resultOn a paired flop of 8♥[10d]8♦, Michael Spilkin checked to the pre-flop raiser, Andrew ...more

by Dave Behr on July 25, 2010 8:42 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Final table, levels 17&18 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 500)

4:50pm: Break timeThe remaining six players are on a ten-minute break.4:48pm: Rewi hanging aroundThe last kiwi in the field, Emmerson Rewi, has been on the short stack all day. When action folded to his small blind, he moved in for about 35,000. Julian Cohen called with A♣6♣, in the lead agai...more

by Dave Behr on July 25, 2010 5:53 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Final table profiles

The 2010 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event final table has been decided. The nine players are chasing a first prize of AUD $73,630 and the title of ANZPT Queenstown champion. Play will continue at level 16 (blinds 2500-5000 with an ante of 500) for ten more minutes. From that point we will resume the no...more

by Dave Behr on July 25, 2010 4:44 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Day 4, levels 15&16 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400)

2:06pm: Macbeth out (damned spot)Although he managed to triple up to about 10 big blinds, Tim Macbeth ultimately couldn't out-run the reaper. He was all in again, with the best of it again. His K♥[10s] was looking good to double through Julian Cohen's K♣4♣, but it just wasn't Macbeth's day. ...more

by Dave Behr on July 25, 2010 4:41 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: One last push for the finish line

Last night we reached the money at the 2010 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event. Today the players will decide amongst themselves who will get the lion's share of the prize pool -- the $73,630 first-place prize.The 3rd-place and 4th-place players on the ANZPT Season 2 points leaderboard, Andrew Scarf and J...more

by Dave Behr on July 24, 2010 11:03 PM

ANZPT Queenstown: Zmukic in front for the home stretch

My cab driver from the airport into the center of Queenstown last Tuesday was a woman named Jackie. Jackie looked to be in her early 40s, had a smile from the moment I walked up to her cab until the moment I got out of it, and was a font of information about Queenstown and its populace. One of the ...more

by Dave Behr on July 24, 2010 10:40 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Day 3, levels 12&13 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300)

6:52pm: Steve Smith bubbles; Day 3 concludesIt took more than hour, but we finally have our bubble boy of the 2010 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event. In a blind-versus-blind battle, Steve Smith moved all in for an additional 38,600 from the big blind after Bryan Huang was in from the small. Huang clearl...more

by Dave Behr on July 24, 2010 7:58 AM
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