Jazz Mathers has provided some of the more memorable moments in this ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Even from as early as day one, when he made a remarkable call down for most of his chips with ace-high against Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Mathers has been in the thick of the action.
From that moment, Mathers ascended into the chip lead, and carried that lead all the way into today’s final table. However things just didn’t go his way today.
With Peco Stojanovski running so rampant, Mathers was forced to take a backseat to the fireworks, and that’s just not his style.
The one hand where Mathers tried to assert himself with a three-bet/five-bet preflop from the big blind, Stojanovski must’ve found a big hand as he six-bet shoved all in. Mathers was forced to concede.
That left Mathers getting short, when the players looked at the deal numbers. He was ahead of Steve Zhou when the first numbers were considered, but even that didn’t go too well as Zhou doubled up twice to see Mathers lose some equity by the time the second negotiations were signed off.
That didn’t seem to worry Mathers too much as his relaxed, but competitive attitude allowed the deal to proceed as long as there was something left in the middle to play for.
When play resumed, Mathers came off second best in a couple of clashes with Steven Zhou to get very short. A hand that typified his day was when he doubled up with K♠J♣ on a K♦5♦9♥3♥8♥ board against Zhou’s 6♦4♥. After the board and cards were mucked, the pot was pushed to Zhou by mistake who believed he had a flush with two hearts. Even when Mathers won a hand, the pot was still being pushed to his opponent! It was just that kind of day.
The confusion was rectified but Mathers couldn’t progress much further.
When Mathers moved all in with K♠10♠, Zhou made the call with a dominant A♠K♣. The board fell J♠J♦4♣Q♥J♥ leaving Mathers to collect a healthy $105,000 following the deal for his fourth place finish.
With that, we’re down to three. Josh Redhouse has gained control and the chip lead with Steven Zhou and Peco Stojanovski battling as the short stacks.
Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.