ANZPT Sydney: Poker princess eyes a new crown

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander

Monica Nguyen is one of the most popular on the local poker circuit, so it was hardly surprising that her recent double-up in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney was greeted with roars of approval from the rail.

At the recent Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series at Crown (which will host the next ANZPT event later this month), Nguyen joined just a handful of female players to have won an event at a major local championship. She earned AUD $64k for her win in the $2700 buy-in High Stakes event against a field that included many of the top players on the local scene.

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The poker duck continue to bring good karma to Monica Nguyen

She's still firmly in the race to become the first female to win a major title in Australia after a recent double-up took her to more than 100,000.

The most dramatic hand of the day was just played out, which allowed Melbourne local and PokerStars online qualifier Andrew Jeffreys has managed to build up his dwindling stack in sensational fashion.

Jeffreys found his money in the middle with Con Angelakis and Theodore Kyiacou. So off to the flop they went with Angelakis holding K♠ K♥, Kyiacou 9♠ 9♥ and Jeffreys Q♣ [10h].

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Andrew Jeffreys' blood pressure is back to normal ... just

The flop came out 9♣ 8♣ Q♠ - though Jeffreys had hit top pair, Kyiacou was well ahead over with his set of nines. However the turn and river of the [10s] Q♦ filled up Jeffreys, who pumped his fist in the air, triumphantly shouting, "Ship the justice", which is the catch cry for the Insane Poker Crew members here in Sydney, who include Nguyen and Matt Burgoine. Jeffreys is now back up to 84,000 in chips.

Meanwhile the rich keep getting richer. Yue Wang is dialled in, having won pot after pot and moving up to the overall chip lead with 354,000. Ola Jernberg continues to dominate on table 20 with 209,000 after busting Jason Brown. However Johnny Huynh has taken a hit to his stack after losing an all-in race with pocket fives against the A♠ Q♣ of Quoc Nguyen, moving down to 114,500.

Andrew Scott, runner-up to Nam Le in last year's APPT Macau High Roller event, made a last stand with [10d] 4♦, with Lisa Walsh 9♠ 9♣ making the call. The board ran out ah as 3c 5h kd, sending Scott out but he'll be back for tonight's AUD $10,000 buy-in High Roller event.

Brett Chalhoub won the opening event of the ANZPT Sydney schedule but his hopes of adding the Main Event crown ended when his K♠ Q♠ ran into the A♥ 8♥ of David Zhao. The board showed 9♣ 3♠ 3♦ 3♣ 7♣, and Chalhoub was out.

Players are just about to take their first break, and already almost 60 players have hit the rail today. Blinds will be up to level 12 (1000/2000 with an ante of 300) when play resumes on day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event.