ANZPT Sydney: Collopy rocked; RAWKZ soars
We've recently redrawn for the final two tables and are now down to 16 players remaining in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.
Damien Walsh, Luke Downes and Laurence Hall were recent casualties while the devastating elimination of American Jim Collopy was the trigger for the redraw.
A distraught Collopy was spotted sitting by himself against the wall of the Oasis Lounge pondering what had just gone down, as his chance at a first major international title had just slipped though his fingers.
We didn't catch the action, but according to the table, Collopy opened with a min-raise and Jason O'Brien decided the price was right to defend his big blind with a call. The flop came down 3♥2♥T♠ and O'Brien check-called before the repeat 3♠ hit the turn. O'Brien led out with a bet before Collopy shoved his K♠K♣, only for his world to be rocked when O'Brien made the call and showed his 4♣3♣ big blind special. Collopy stormed away from the table in disgust as the T♥ fell on the river and his tournament hopes were dashed.
With Jason Pritchard falling to Gordon Huntly's pocket aces, and then day one chip leader Toby Ryall running queens into Mishel Anunu's kings, our field was reduced to 16 players.
Leading the way is young gun Liam O'Rourke. Known online as "RAWKZ", O'Rourke is one of Australia's most talented and successful online players and is known for putting in ridiculous amounts of volume when he plays online. In the live poker world, he barely looks like he's old enough to even enter a casino, but his boyish looks bely a fearless and relentlessly-aggressive game. And he's tasted success on the ANZPT in the past with a with a third place finish at the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast worth $65,000 and a 13th place at the ANZPT Perth last year.
O'Rourke is sitting behind a mountain of chips three storeys high worth about 1.7 million and will be very keen to secure his best ANZPT result and his first major live title.