ANZPT Sydney: Canuck just crazy about trip Down Under
By Landon Blackhall
With little action to report in the past level, we caught up with the man who represented the rest of the world against the Aussie charge.
Canadian PokerStars qualifier Robert Acton can take pride in being the last international in the tournament, with his 20th place earning him AUD $6902 for his efforts.
"I'm really happy with the way I played. The field has been a hundred times better than anywhere else I've played, the locals have been really friendly and fiercely competitive and the ANZPT has been run really well and has the best structure," he said.
The British Columbian construction company owner is not new to the game and he's looking to continue his journeys on the international poker circuit. "I'm looking to play in more events on the PokerStars European and Latin American Poker Tours."
One thing's for sure - despite the fact that the ANZPT Sydney Main Event title is staying on home soil, Acton will be back next year, along with a larger international contingent. From all reports, our foreign visitors have had nothing but praise for this fledgling tour, which underlines Australia and New Zealand's status as one of the best poker destinations on the planet.
Matthew Pongrass was the only player to hit the rail during level 22. His A♣ 8♦ found Paren Arzoomanian waiting with [10h] [10s], and the board of 9♥ J♣ K♠ 3♥ K♦ brought no joy.
After the third level of play today, blinds are about to be cranked up to level 23 (15,000/30,000 with an ante of 3000). There are 14 players remaining, with Arzoomanian's aggression earning him the chip lead ahead of Haddad and Argyros.