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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♥T♦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♥T♠ 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

ANZPT Queenstown: Day 3, level 11&12 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)

4:01pm: Break 25 players remain. They're now on a short break.3:56pm: Macbeth happy for the action Action folded all the way to the small blind at Tim Macbeth's table. That player moved all in for about 25,000. Tim Macbeth snap-called with J♣J♥. The small blind showed A♣3♣ and although h...more

by Dave Behr on July 24, 2010 5:07 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Day 3, levels 9&10 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)

1:51pm: Break timeThe players have reached the first break of the day.1:40pm: Frenette shaking his headSerge Mazza check-called a bet of 11,000 from Yannick Frenette on a 5♣7♥3♣. He snap-called another 11,000 after checking the T♥ turn. When the river fell a scary A♠, both players check...more

by Dave Behr on July 24, 2010 2:56 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: The real work begins on Day 3

After several light, easy days in Queenstown for the 2010 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event, the real grind will begin today on Day 3. All 50 survivors (35 from Queenstown and 15 from Auckland) of the 119 starters will finally be in the same room together for the first time. They'll play at least until ...more

by Dave Behr on July 23, 2010 9:08 PM

ANZPT Queenstown: Royal flush carries Cohen past Nelson

On a short Day 2 at the 2010 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event, there didn't expect to be many stories to write about. Three-and-a-half hours of play isn't long enough for sustained skirmishes between players. The short stacks will get it in, sure. Some will double, some will bust, and life will go on....more

by Dave Behr on July 23, 2010 8:28 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Day 2, levels 8&9 (blinds 400-800, ante 100)

4:12pm Play concludesThat's it for Day 2. It looks like Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson, with a shade more than 115,000 chips, finished play as the chip leader. 50 players will return tomorrow -- 35 from Day 2 here in Queenstown and 15 from Day 2 in Auckland. A complete recap of this abbreviated da...more

by Dave Behr on July 23, 2010 5:26 AM

ANZPT Queenstown: Day 2, levels 6&7 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

2:20pm: Break time The remaining 41 players have been sent on their first and only break of the day. 2:10pm: Hachem frustrated Three pre-flop raises put Tony Hachem in a tough spot. Michael Spilkin (down to 95,000 so far) opened for 1,700. Hachem was next to act and made it 4,500 to go. Action p...more

by Dave Behr on July 23, 2010 3:27 AM
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