ANZPT Queenstown: Levick's KO leaves Hachem in box seat
The battle for the ANZPT Overall Points title has just taken a dramatic turn with the elimination of leader Chris Levick midway through level four on day 1C of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event.
Levick, who won the ANZPT Melbourne title, busted out in brutal circumstances when he pushed all-in over the top of Hugh Cohen's pre-flop raise, and looked in good shape with pocket queens against pocket jacks.
The flop of 4-8-7 didn't bring too much concern for Levick, but the board ran out 10-9 to give Cohen a runner-runner straight, leaving the Sydneysider shell-shocked and out of the tournament.
Levick retains the overall lead in the ANZPT Points title race, but PokerStars.net Team Australia pro Tony Hachem can snare the lead by cashing in this event (he survived day 1A with 39,000 in chips).
The overall points champion will win a PokerStars.net sponsorship to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and the Aussie Millions Main Event. Sponsorship includes Main Event entry, accommodation and return economy airfare from an Asia Pacific destination (or equivalent travel allowance if residing outside this area).
Sponsorship will apply to all season four APPT Main Events and the Aussie Millions during 2010. Based on the projected number of APPT events in 2010, this prize is valued at approximately AUD$60,000.
PokerStars Team Asia Pro Celina Lin is still in contention for not one, but two prestigious regional titles - she lies 12th in the overall ANZPT Points race and leads the Macau Poker Cup leaderboard.
Lin recently won nearly HKD $400,000 at the Red Dragon event held in the PokerStars Macau room at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau over a record field of 168 players.
She's battled for traction on a tough table today but has 12,000 in chips heading into the final level and hopes to join PokerStars.net Team Australia players Tony Hachem, Grant Levy, Emad Tahtouh and Eric Assadourian in Friday's day two field.
It's also been a tough session for young Kiwi player Josh Egan. PokerStars.net Team Australia pro Eric Assadourian has kept Egan on his toes but it was another opponent who benefitted when Egan open-folded pocket aces on a flop of 10-7-8, only to watch his rival muck pocket fives.