Boom boom! Just like that we've lost the first two players of our ANZPT Sydney Main Event final table.
First to go was unfortunately 2008 APPT Sydney champion in Martin Rowe. And it took a very cruel river blow to do the damage.
With the blinds at 12k/24k/2k, Rowe opened to 55,000 from middle position before Anthony Aston popped it another 93,000 from the small blind. It folded back to Rowe who declared himself all in for another 236,000 on top. Aston made the call and it was off to the races as Aston's 9♣9♠ pair was up against the A♥K♦ overcards of Rowe.
The flop of T♥J♠J♦ was about as good as it could get for Rowe without hitting the board. Any ten, queen, king or ace would be enough, and the K♠ quickly appeared on the turn to put him firmly in front.
When the cry from the rail came, "No nine!" we knew exactly what was about to happen. The dealer burned and revealed the 9♥ like a dagger through the heart.
We don't see a lot of Rowe on the tour, so it was great to see another deep run here in his home town. For 9th place he picked up $17,518.
It took only a few moments more to see our final table reduced to seven. Bradley Lancken got his stack in preflop holding pocket kings and looked good for the double up against Oliver Speidel's pocket sevens, but the board of Q♥7♦2♣6♠T♠ spiked the set for Speidel to send Lancken home with $23,511 for 8th place.
In media row we have a small prop bet going in regards to the finish time today. My pessimistic side predicted 2:30am but ANZPT Commissioner Danny McDonagh confidently predicted the earliest time among the group of 12:47am, and a couple of quick bustouts seem to have swung the edge into his favour. That's ok though. An early finish sounds good to us.