Plenty of intriguing moments continue to arise here at the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. The first involved the elimination of youngster Rory Young.
Young was a pretty confident, chatty player at the table, despite being just 18 years of age and playing on the biggest stage of his poker career. He wore his heart on his sleeve, and that was particularly evident with the hand that crippled his tournament.
Clearly Young and Jazz Mathers are good friends, but Young will quickly learn that there are never any allies on a poker table. When Young moved all in from under the gun with A♣K♣, he wasn’t happy to see Mathers make the call.
“This is f**cked. I can’t fold,” said Mathers before calling with 10♠10♥. Mathers hit a set and Young was visibly upset as his stack was virtually wiped out.
Mathers continued to apologise to which Young spat, “We’ll talk about it later.”
Next hand, Young’s last few chips were in the middle and never returned as he bolted from the tournament floor, nearly tripping over the security barricade on the way out.
With Young out of the way, the four remaining players then entered into some interesting deal negotiations. Floor staff said that the clock couldn’t be paused which created the strange situation of players stacking their chips on their cards and simply not acting while they talked numbers.
ICM numbers were looked at but it was the short-stacked Steve Zhou who wasn’t happy with the deal and the cards were back in the air.
That proved to be an amazing decision by Zhou. He doubled up first hand back with ace-king against ace-nine, and then again with pocket aces against king-queen, with both hands against runaway chip leader Peco Stojanovski.
That evened up the counts so the numbers could be considered once again. In the end, the four players agreed to the following modified deal.
Peco Stojanovski – $155,000
Steven Zhou – $120,000
Josh Redhouse – $116,000
Jazz Mathers – $105,000
That left $17,360 in the middle for the eventual winner, along with the shiny new ANZPT trophy.
With the important stuff out of the way, the players ordered a round of drinks and settled back in to determine who would be crowned our ANZPT Sydney champion.
Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.