ANZPT Darwin Day 4: Levels 20-21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)
Jack Drake wins ANZPT Darwin Main Event
After four days of intense poker action in the "Top End" it was Queenslander Jack Drake who handled the heat the best in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event. Drake led the field for the past two days and carried that advantage all the way to a tremendous win this evening.
It wasn't all roses for Drake, especially after entering heads up play with a big chip lead, only to see it washed away within minutes. However Drake steadied the ship and stuck some flops when it mattered to claim victory. He wins $36,480 in prize money, a shiny, brand new trophy and the title of ANZPT Darwin champion!
That wraps up our live coverage of the Main Event, but we'll have a complete wrap of today's action for you shortly.
9:20pm: Brett Dannevig eliminated in 2nd place; Jack Drake wins!
The ANZPT Darwin Main Event has been run and won with Queensland's Jack Drake crowned champion!
The final moments came when Brett Dannevig opened with a raise to 32,000. Drake moved all in over the top and Dannevig committed his final chips to make the call.
With the boisterous Drake fan club cheering for "The Dragon" and for his ace to hold, the dealer ran the board out Q♣Q♥2♣5♦5♣. Drake is victorious as Dannevig heads home with $24,960 for his 2nd place finish after a tremendous performance in Darwin.
9:15pm: Jack fights back
Jack Drake opened with a raise to 35,000 with Brett Dannevig making the call in the big blind to see a flop of 2♣5♦T♦.
Dannevig decided to lead out with a bet of 54,000 which was met with a raise to 115,000 from Drake. Dannevig rocked back in his chair for a few moments before declaring himself all in. Drake nodded and made the call.
Drake showed K♦T♣ for top pair as Dannevig gave a clenched smile as he tabled A♥5♣ for middle pair. The turn was the 6♦ and river the 9♦ as a huge swing of chips heads back to Drake. He's close to the million mark again with Dannevig down to under 200,000.
9:00pm: The trophy slips through Jack's fingers
With the trophy on the line and only one card to come, Jack Drake has just watched as the dealer landed a cruel river blow to give Brett Dannevig a remarkable double up to keep this contest alive.
Drake opened the button to 35,000 and Dannevig made the call to see a flop of 7♦7♣T♣. Dannevig checked to Drake who bet 38,000. Dannevig check-raised to 85,000 before Drake moved all in. Dannevig called off his last 281,000 and the cards were once again on their backs!
Dannevig showed T♦8♦ for top pair but Drake had him outkicked with his J♠T♠. The turn was the 5♣ and while there were chop possibilities, another baby card and the trophy was going home to the Gold Coast. However the only card Drake didn't want to see was the 8♣ that appeared to give Dannevig the three-outer to double up!
Dannevig is now into the chip lead with 750,000 as Drake slips to 450,000.
8:55pm: Three pair no good
Jack Drake opened the button to 35,000 and Brett Dannevig made the call in the big blind. The flop came down K♠K♥4♣ and Dannevig checked to Drake who bet 37,000. Dannevig made the call and the turn brought the 3♠.
Dannevig checked and Drake moved all in with Dannevig snap-calling his last 110,000 with K♦9♠ for trips as Drake's 4♦3♣ for three pair were no good. The river was the 2♥ and Dannevig doubles to 300,000 with Drake back down to around 900,000.
8:50pm: Level up, blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000
8:40pm: We're heads up for the title!
The trophy and the cash is on the line as Jack Drake takes a commanding lead into heads-up play against Brett Dannevig.
Approximate chip counts:
Jack Drake - 1,080,000
Brett Dannevig - 160,000
After a brief pause, the cards are back in the air!
8:35pm: Fotios Manolakos eliminated in 3rd place
Catching the action on a flop of 6♥J♥5♠, Fotios Manolakos fired out a bet of 25,000, only for Jack Drake to announce a raise to 100,000. Manolakos thought for a moment before announcing himself all in, but Drake beat him into the pot.
It was top pair versus an open-ended straight draw, but Manolakos couldn't connect on the 5♦ turn or 6♣ river. Manolakos is eliminated in 3rd place and he'll take home a very tidy $16,640 in prize money.
8:30pm: Mark Taylor eliminated in 4th place
It was a remarkable run by Mark Taylor today. He entered as one of our short stacks but managed to double up on numerous occasions to keep his ANZPT Darwin dream alive. However he has ultimately fallen in 4th place after losing a preflop race against Jack Drake.
The action started with Fotios Manolakos opening with a raise to 35,000 on the button. Drake three-bet to 100,000 from the small blind before Taylor moved all in for another 90,000 or so from the big blind. Manolakos got out of the way as Drake made the call.
The board ran out T♣J♣5♦8♦7♥ to pair the jack for Drake to eliminate Taylor in 4th place for $12,800 in prize money.
8:15pm: Dannevig turns up the heat
Brett Dannevig opened with a raise from under the gun and Mark Taylor made the call in the big blind. The flop landed 6♦A♠8♥ and Taylor led out for 40,000. Dannevig made the call and the turn brought the T♦. Check, check and the river was the J♦.
Taylor checked it over to Dannevig who bet 60,000 which was enough to take it down.
One orbit later and we had the same situation as the two took a flop of 8♦9♦3♥. Taylor again tried to lead out for 40,000 from the big blind but Dannevig announced a raise of another 100,000. Taylor again gave it up. He slips to 160,000 with Dannevig up to 320,000.
7:55pm: Fotios swims on the river
Fotios Manolakos has found a huge double up with a fortunate river card keeping him afloat in this tournament.
Mark Taylor opened with a raise to 40,000 before Manolakos moved all in from the small blind for another 137,000 on top. Taylor thought for a moment before making the call.
Manolakos showed first and opened K♣9♠ but stood from his chair in resignation when Taylor opened K♠Q♦.
The flop was a dry A♣4♣7♥ and the J♦ turn changed nothing, but the 9♣ river gave
Manolakos the three-outer to stay alive. He doubles up to 360,000 with Taylor dropping to 170,000.
7:50pm: A little dessert for Drake
With the blinds at 6,000-12,000 and a 2,000 ante, Brett Dannevig opened to 52,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Jack Drake in the big blind who moved all in for roughly another 190,000 more.
It was a big opening raise from Dannevig but he laid it down as Drake is off to a great start post-dinner.
7:45pm: Play resumes
The players are back with stomachs satisfied as we are ready to find the ANZPT Darwin champion!