ANZPT Queensland: Dodds leads; daylight second
The final table has been decided for the final event in the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT, with Joel strongplay Dodds in the box seat to take home the chocolates.
Dodds takes a massive chip lead into tomorrow's final table with almost 30 per cent of the chips in play and a 2:1 chip lead over his nearest rival, good mate Scott "Punty" Smith. Dodds finished seventh in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event, but is determined to go all the way to become the first ANZPT Queensland champion.
A total of 40 players returned for day three and for the first time, the survivors were all at the same venue - Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. Action was fast and furious early in the day with the bubble (27) breaking in less than two hours.
Reigning Aussie Millions champion and PokerStars Qualifier Stewart Scott placed 22nd while Linda Tyler was confirmed as the highest placed female player when she bowed out in 20th place after qualifying via a $100 satellite at Jupiters Casino.
PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee Nelson was eliminated in 15th place for a $6225 payday - the first ANZPT cash for the 2006 Aussie Millions winner. Play stalled at 11 players for more than an hour before three players were eliminated in successive hands meaning the final table will comprise only eight players.
Tim luckyshades Horan endured a brutal evening as he butted heads with PokerStars Qualifier Scott Kerr before running A♥ J♣ into Joel Dodds' pocket eights. The board missed both hands, and Horan was unbelievably out in 11th while Dodds had climbed to a tournament-high 1.4 million.
Charlie Gang's tournament ended when Danny Joukhadar declared all-in with [10c] 9♣, and the PokerStars Qualifier couldn't wait to get his money in with A♣ K♦. All good - until a 10 landed on the flop and another 10 fell on the turn to disband Gang's final table hopes.
Gang hadn't left the tournament area when Scott Smith pushed all-in for 385,000 on the adjacent table, with Eric Sclavos (holding an identical amount of chips) making the call. It was K♠ K♥ for Sclavos against the A♠ Q♠ of Smith. The board fell 7♠ 5♥ 3♠ 6♠ 6♦ giving Smith a flush and eliminating Sclavos in ninth.
The overall points competition is very much alive with both Danny Joukhadar and Joel Dodds on the final table. Joukhadar wins ANZPT sponsorship for season two if he can win the event, while Dodds, the monster chip leader, can deny Joukhadar this sponsorship and even overtake him for third place and sponsorship valued at $10,500 if he finishes a handful of places in front of him.
Intriguing stuff, we'll be back at 12.30pm tomorrow - fresh from a few bevvies at tonight's ANZPT "wrap" party - for the finale to season one of the PokerStars.net ANZPT.