ANZPT Sydney: Bubble bursts after Lasarow's last stand

The never-ending bubble has finally burst and the top 45 players in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event have been decided. It took 12 hands for Sydney-based South African Mark Lasarow to commit his last remaining 1000 chip with K-7, only to find Robert Acton poised with K-Q, and a relieved group of players headed for a well-deserved break after the board ran out 10-high.

Several players had flirted with extinction during the bubble period - the now short-stacked Monica Nguyen had her stack slashed to less than 20,000 when her 8-7 ran into two players with A-K, while a handful of other short stacks, such as Maria Martinez and Michael Manttan, made the commitment only for the other players to fold.

That means the remaining 45 players are assured a minimum payout of AUD $4437, with Team Australia duo Eric Assadourian and Tony Hachem among those to have cashed. And Hachem becomes the first player in ANZPT history to have cashed in two events.


A slice of ANZPT history for Team Australia's Tony Hachem

The atmosphere at Star City night is amazing - the rail is three deep watching the Main Event and the $10,000 High Roller event, which attracted a field of 22 players.

They include Team Australia trio Grant Levy, Celina Lin and Emad Tahtouh (a last-minute starter), Andrew Scott, high stakes regulars Sammy Youssef, Jason Gray, Jamie Pickering, Bill Jordanou and Warwick Mirzikinian and young guns Jonathan Karamalikis, Ben Delaney, Harris Pavlou and Daniel Neilson.

Already, Hoi Wing Cheung and Johnny Huynh have been eliminated, leaving Karamalikis an early chip leader but it promises to be a long night for the High Rollers field.