ANZPT Sydney: Cohen's exit leaves nine in the race
The final table has been decided for the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event. The road was paved for the final nine throughout level 24, with the elimination of Marcial Dias setting the tone for a swift reduction in the field.
Dias committed his last 125,000 in chips with a respectable 7♠ 7♦ and was happy to find himself up against the A♦ 2♣ of Lisa Walsh. But the board of 2♦ J♥ Q♠ A♠ 9♣ gave Walsh two-pair and another scalp.
Chris Levick had climbed off the floor today and carefully picked his moment to make a last stand holding K♠ Q♦. Walsh was again the caller, this time with A♥ J♣. But it was the Gold Coast mortgage broker who improved her hand on a board of J♠ 8♦ 5♥ 8♠ [10d], and the Sydney pub poker impresario and PokerStars qualifier was out in 13th.
Ben Barclay looked to be cruising to the final table but slipped back and was forced to make a stand with A♦ 9♠. Paren Arzoomanian was waiting with A♣ Q♠, and neither player connected with the board sending the PokerStars Qualifier on his way.
One of the great stories of the tournament was the run today of Joseph Nati. The short stack entering day three, Nati fought and scratched for every chip but finally succumbed in a race - pocket twos against the A-4 of John Caridad - to finish a gallant 11th.
The final table line-up was then decided when PokerStars player Hugh Cohen pushed in his short stack with A♥ 7♥, with Walsh making the call and showing Q♦ 8♦. Again, the board brought Walsh what she needed with the board coming Q♣ 4♥ J♣ K♦ K♣.
After a short break, the final table has just kicked off with the blinds wound back to level 22 (12,000/24,000 with an ante of 3000).