ANZPT6 Sydney: Jazz on top as final table set

March 23, 2014

A quick day at the ANZPT Sydney Main Event has come to a close with our starting field of 458 entrants now reduced to a final table of nine. As the players bag, tag and head out into the Sydney night, they will sleep a little uneasy this evening, knowing they are just eight eliminations away from $225,300 in prize money and ANZPT glory.

We started Day 3 of the Main Event with 37 players still in contention for the title. They were all safely in the money, but now the focus shifted towards reaching the final table.

Among the 37 players were our last four female players. That represented over 10% of the remaining field, which was a pretty solid number, so we hoped to see one of them reach the final table. Sadly it wasn’t to be.

Tanja Vujanic (34th), Katie Sekhas (30th), Swaran Chand (26th) and Eva Docekalova (25th) were all early casualties to leave us with a testosterone-filled poker room.

Other notables to fall in the early stages of play included former ANZ Player of the Year runner up Anthony Aston (33rd), Australian Poker Hall of Famer Mel Judah (29th) (pictured below) and Jie Gao (27th) who now climbs into the top ten on this year’s ANZ POTY.

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The major story during the afternoon was the eliminations of two big guns in Daniel Neilson and Alex Lee.

Neilson was one of the best-credentialed players left in the field, so his elimination was as surprising as it was unavoidable. Neilson flopped the nut flush and a Royal Flush draw with his A♠Q♠ on a J♠10♠2♠ flop, but when his opponent’s pocket jacks improved to a full house when the board paired, Neilson was bundled out in 22nd place.

His elimination was a shock, and nearly as surprising was the fall from grace of the overnight chip leader Alex Lee. The aggressive style of Lee always makes for a rollercoaster ride, and today was no different. In the end, Lee lost a preflop race with pocket jacks against ace-king to depart in 20th place.

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Others to visit the cashier before the dinner break included Edison Nguyen (19th), Nick Polias (17th), Karam Bahi (14th) and Robert Spano (13th).

The final twelve were led by Joshua Redhouse, but he struggled in the post-dinner session as Jazz Mathers, Peco Stojanovski and Nathan Sawyers started to rise to the top.

Young gun Adrian Attenborough lost a big coin flip with pocket queens against Jazz Mathers’ ace-king before the elimination of John Parker left us on the final table bubble.

The shorties hung tough with Oliver “The Jackhammer” Gill and Milan Gurung avoiding elimination long enough to see Andrew Michael become our final table bubble boy when his jacks ran into Jazz Mathers’ kings.

Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Peco Stojanovski – 1,167,000
Seat 2: Nathan Sawyers – 1,318,000
Seat 3: Joshua Redhouse – 994,000
Seat 4: Milan Gurung – 283,000
Seat 5: Jazz Mathers – 1,837,000
Seat 6: Steven Zhou – 1,117,000
Seat 7: Rory Young – 1,124,000
Seat 8: Oliver Gill – 536,000
Seat 9: Brent Taunton – 637,000

Jazz Mathers will once again be our chip leader and he’ll be very confident of improving on his 9th place finish from the APPT Melbourne event last year.

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Play will recommence at 2pm on Monday afternoon and, once again, the best place for updates will be right here on the PokerStars Blog. Thanks for following along today and we look forward to bringing this one home tomorrow. Until then, it’s goodnight from Sydney!

Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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