ANZPT Sydney: Feast or famine for final eight

The eight remaining players in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event have headed off on their dinner break. For some, it will be their last supper at the Garden Buffet. And if any of the players choose to launch an attack on the world oyster eating record set by ANZPT skipper Danny McDonagh at the Garden Buffet last night, it may be their last ever supper.


All the essentials for a poker tournament ... a buffet voucher and a pile of chips

We digress ... it's been a fairly sedate start to the final table, with David Zhao the sole departure. It was Billy Argyros who kicked off the action with a raise to 90,000, Xhao committed the last of his chips and Argyros called.

He showed J♦ J♠, while Xin held A♠ [10d]. The flop of 8♦ K♣ [10s] brought some hope, but the turn 8♠ and river 2♣ missed Xhao as he exited in ninth place.


David Zhao, eliminated in ninth position

It's been a tough start to the final table for Lisa Walsh, who is aiming to become the first woman to etch her name in the ANZPT record books.

Joel Dodds caught Walsh on the hop when he pushed all-in with A♣ J♠, in response to her raise with K♥ 8♥. The board ran out 5♠ 9♦ 6♣ 9♠ 5h], Dodds was up to 530,000 while Walsh fell to 970,000.

Haddad also sliced a fair slab of chips off Walsh when he bet 600,000 on a board of 9♥ J♠ 2♣ 4♦. She folded, while he cheekily flashed the 2♠.

That left the chip count Arzoomanian (2,524,000), Haddad (2,035,000), Walsh (1,110,000), Kittos (1,090,000), Caridad (918,000), Dodds (495,000) and Argyros the short stack on 414,000. When players return after dinner, blinds will be at 20,000/40,000 with a 5000 ante.