ANZPT Sydney: Newhan nicked, Dodds done
And then there were six. Lisa Walsh looks to be a hurry to get home after claiming the two players to fall since the dinner break on the final day of the PokerStars.net AN ZPT Sydney Main Event.
In the first elimination, Walsh started the action with a raise to 125,000, Arzoomanian called then James Newhan pushed all-in for 572,000. Walsh called, Puzz got out of the way and it was Lisa's K♠ K♦ against James' A♠ J♠. The Sydneysider failed to hit on the board of 7♥ 6♦ 3♣ 6♠ Q♣ and was out in eighth.
Barely five minutes later, Joel Dodds was all-in pre-flop and again it was Walsh who came to the party. He showed 3♠ 3♥, with Walsh holding A♥ J♥. The board of [10h] K♠ A♠ Q♦ 8♣ missed Dodds, who departed to a nice round of applause from the packed rail here at Star City tonight.
The crowd is five-deep watching the final table, helped by players waiting their turn in the teams' event, in which PokerStars.net Team Australia members Tony Hachem and Eric Assadourian are having a ball.
We're also delighted to announce - in a world exclusive for the PokerStarsblog - that Chris Eva has been confirmed as the first contestant for The Poker Star, Joe Hachem's new poker reality show that will hit the screens later this year in Australia.
Players qualified for this single table tournament via a series of freerolls on PokerStars.net, with average fields of 2500 and a total entry over the two-week period of 13,000!
In the Main Event, we're ticking down to the start of level 25 (30,000/60,000 with an ante of 5000) with six players remaining.