ANZPT Sydney: Yue Wang? It's Puzz here
By Landon Blackhall
Paren "Puzz" Arzoomanian started day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Main Event with just 27,000 in chips, well below the average of 53,000. He's now a massive chip leader after the biggest pot of the tournament. And his unfortunate victim was PokerStars qualifier and former chip leader Yue Wang.
We caught the action on the turn as the board read 5♦ 3♣ 6♠ 7♠. Wang was first to act and moved his 252,000 stack all in. Arzoomanian went into the tank for several minutes, then reluctantly made the call. He need not have worried, as his set of sevens was well ahead of the A♦ 3♦ of Wang.
Wang could only hope for one of three fours to appear on the river to chop the pot, but it wasn't to be. As soon as the 2♠ fell, tournament staff got busy counting the stacks of both players.
When ANZPT tribal chief Danny McDonagh announced that Arzoomanian had Wang outchipped by more than 100,000, Wang could only sit there, staring at the now empty space of felt in front of him, on the verge of tears. Eventually he muttered, "thank you", then slowly got out of his seat and walked away.
Arzoomanian is now the outright chip leader with more than 600,000 and is in fine form to go very deep into this tournament.
With all that drama passed, we then chatted with PokerStars qualifier Ola Jernberg, who continues to dominate his table - even eliminating another opponent while talking to us between hands. He's sitting on a respectable 214,500 and is confident of making a deep run in this tournament.
"I hope I make the final table, I've been playing well but I know there's still a long way to go," the Chinese-based Swede said.
"I've always wanted to come to Australia, it's my first time here and I'm enjoying it. Like any of the overseas players that have come here, we all love poker and we're happy to play anywhere. The ANZPT may be in its first year, but it's a great field and a great tournament, I'm sure it's going to do very well!"
We're on the downhill stretch to dinner and another Garden Buffet extravaganza, with 73 players remaining - just 28 short of the money. Blinds are currently at level 15 (2000/4000 with an ante of 500).