ANZPT Queensland: Hachem confirmed as points champion
By Landon Blackhall
Team PokerStars Australia Pro and ANZPT Overall Points leader Tony Hachem didn't have the best start to Day 2 of the ANZPT Queensland event here at the Conrad Treasury in Brisbane. With the money all-in pre-flop, Hachem rolled up both black jacks, well ahead of the A♣ Q♠ of Eric Sclavos.
The flop of 6♦ [10h] 3♥ missed both players but kept Hachem ahead. The turn of J♦ sent Hachem further into the lead, but he cursed loudly and slammed the table with his hand when the K♣ spiked on the river, giving Sclavos the straight. He was down to 11,000, but managed to secure a double up on the next hand.
The next announcement would improve Hachem's mood. PokerStars Qualifier Chris Levick and 2007 APPT Grand Final champion Grant Levy were involved in a pot on table eight; the flop read 8♠ 5♣ 7♠.
Levy made it 5600 to go in early position, sending Levick into the tank for several minutes before moving his last 15,000 over the line. Levy snap-called, flipping over 6♣ 9♥ for the straight, while Levick only had 9♦ 8♣ for top pair.
Drawing only to runners, the turn and river ran out 2♥ 7♣ and Levick was eliminated, securing Tony Hachem the overall ANZPT Points title and the estimated AUD $60,000 APPT Season 3 sponsorship package, plus the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event seat.
The other big name eliminated in this level was local poker media pioneer Darryl "The Dazzler" Lanyon at the hands of one of the new generation - Joel strongplay Dodds. Looking more subdued in a racing jacket adorned with patches of poker hands and a black trilby, we caught the action just as the dealer brought out the flop of 7♥ 8♥ 3♣ after the money had all moved over the betting line.
Lanyon was in bad shape with A♠ 9♥ against the pocket 10s of Dodds - the turn and river would bring no help, running out K♦ [10s], giving strongplay the strong hand. This was Lanyon's first tournament after a self-imposed exile for eight years - how things have changed since the days of Cards magazine!
Day 1A Treasury chip leader Daniel Jennings is the new chip leader here, after acquiring Tim English's stack when English moved in with pocket kings, only to run into the pocket aces of Jennings. The board ran out 7♠ 4♥ 8♠ Q♦ J♥, sending English to the rail and Jennings up to 203,000.
• There's been more carnage at Jupiters in the early going than a busload of tourists attacking one of the many seafood buffets on the Gold Coast.
Major action in the opening level of day included Lee "Final Table" Nelson's elimination of James Honeybone. The PokerStars Sponsored Player hit a set of 10s on the flop, which overtook the Kiwi's pocket aces. That hand took Nelson to more than 100,000.
Julius Colman hit the rail when his A-K failed to improve against the pocket nines of Amanda Simpson while Hugh Cohen's tournament came to an end when his overcards (K-Q) failed to connect against an opponent's set of 10s.
Derek Cheung was also sent to the rail when his A♣ 6♣ failed to improve against the A♠ [10h] of John Caridad when all the money went in on the flop of A♥ J♠ J♣. The turn and river fell 9♦ 4♦ to eliminate Cheung.
Midway through level nine (blinds at 500/1000 with a 100 ante), 30 players have already been eliminated today leaving 99 playing for one of the 27 spots in the money.