ANZPT Repechage: An orbit with Dejan
Day 1c of the ANZPT Repechage Main Event is over the half way point as our field is starting to reduce. We started with over 350 entrants with around half of those still alive. One of them is a young man who has taken the ANZPT by storm in Bosnia's Dejan Divkovic.
Divkovic is in red-hot form on the ANZPT. After being talked into making the trip to play in Perth in February, Divkovic went on to take the title and $114,000 in prize money.
Divkovic was worried how he was going to get the money home but that problem only escalated a month later in Sydney when Divkovic again found himself going for the title, but this time he fell short in 2nd place. Another $144,440 in prize money headed to Bosnia as Divkovic found himself with a commanding lead in the ANZ Player of the Year award. With over $40,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs in the POY, there was now an incentive for Divkovic to return to Australia for the ANZPT Repechage event here in Melbourne.
With Divkovic in such a rich vein of form we thought it might be a good idea to go an orbit with the POY leader to see how he does what he does.
Sadly it wasn't the most exciting or successful orbit. Divkovic started on the button with around 24,000 with the blinds at 400/800/100. He folded the first two hands, before the third hand saw Divkovic open the hijack position to 1,600. The player in the cutoff three-bet to 4,200 and Divkovic gave it up.
Divkovic folded the next four hands, and started to look a little bored as he leaned back in his chair and glanced around the poker room.
The next hand saw Divkovic in the big blind and the action folded to Sean Karita on the button. He raised to 1,600 before Divkovic responded with a three-bet to 4,200. Karita reached deep and plonked a stack of 1,000-denomination chips into the middle to put Divkovic all in. The young Bosnian thought for several minutes before giving it up.
The blinds kicked up to 500/1,000/100 to eat up Divkovic's small blind on the last hand of the orbit, leaving himself with around 16,000 in chips. It's not the stack he'd be used to and looks like there's a lot of work ahead to make it back-to-back-to-back ANZPT final tables.
Meanwhile Tony Tartaglia has joined the list of those to misfire three bullets in this event. He recently caught up with PokerStars.tv hostess Nicki Pickering where they were able to capture Tartaglia's bustout live: