ANZPT Queenstown: Kiwi challenge fades as Aussies go heads-up

The chase for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event crown is down to the final two after Glenn Maiden and Mark Walker were eliminated in third and fourth positions respectively.

Walker, a 28-year-old machine operator from Cambridge on New Zealand's North Island, pushed all-in with 5♣ 3♣ on a flop of 7♦ 5♠ [10h]. Danny Chevalier was quick with the call, and showed J♥ [10s] for top pair. The board ran out [10d] 9♥, giving Chevalier trip 10s and a big pot, while Walker was out in fourth.

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Danny Chevalier prepares to send Mark Walker to the rail

About 20 minutes later, Glenn Maiden decided it was time to make a stand with J♣ 2♣ on a flop of Q♥ J♦ 4♣ but found himself out-kicked by Andrew Hinrichsen's J♠ 9♥. The nine played as the board completed 5♣ A♦, allowing Hinrichsen to regain the chip lead he narrowly lost to Chevalier, while Maiden took home a prize of NZD $33,165.

The elimination of Maiden means the first SKYCITY Alpine Adventure trophy will be leaving New Zealand for Australia, where Chevalier and Hinrichsen (the final PokerStars qualifier in the tournament) both reside.

The players have taken a brief break before beginning their heads-up showdown, with Chevalier leading narrowly on 1.4 million from Hinrichsen with 1.1 million in chips.

Scores of spectators are packed around the table on the main gaming floor of SKYCITY Casino here in Queenstown, with the Saturday night punters providing plenty of encouragement for the remaining two players. Blinds are about to increase to level 20 (8000/16,000 with an ante of 2000).