ANZPT Perth: It's WA all the way
Seven Western Australians will take on a PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro and a plucky Irishman at tomorrow's PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event final table.
Local mining engineer Zaffer Soemya leads the field with nine players remaining, and will be joined by fellow Perth players Aleks Lackovic, Tu Le, Dale Marsland, 2009 Western Classic winner Vesko Zmukic, Jimmy Wong and pro golfer Wade Beavis at the final table.
But they'll face a stern test from PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem, who's assured of an astounding sixth ANZPT cash in seven events. The defending ANZPT Player of the Year is also assured of the lead in this year's points race regardless of his result in this tournament. Travelling Irishman Eoin Kennedy completes the final table line-up.
A total of 30 players started day three. It took a lightning three hours to thin the field down to 11, but another three hours before the eliminations of Ray Ellis and day two chip leader Roman Konopacki decided the final nine.
Tu Le was a dominant chip leader with 11 players remaining, but lost two massive pots to Zaffer Soemya, who maintained his advantage through to the end of play, which wrapped up at level 21 (8000/16,000 with an ante of 2000).
Notables to have cashed so far include 2009 APPT Grand Final champion Aaron Benton (21st) plus PokerStars qualifiers Michael Spilkin (18th), Daniel Laidlaw (15th) and Onno Zwart (14th). Chris minesony Evans (12th) and Andy Kemmler (22nd) celebrated cashes in the first two ANZPT events for 2010.
We look forward to your company for the inaugural PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event final table, direct from the tournament area in Burswood Casino, Perth, Western Australia. The first hand will be dealt at approximately 12.30pm local time.