ANZPT Repechage: Craib on top of cracking final table
It was a day that was certainly much longer than expected. Much like a racehorse that sprints out of the gates, we were leading the pack by six lengths, looked a winner on the turn but eventually ran out of legs in the home stretch. We thought we were going to get a reasonably early night but the rapid-fire pace of the ANZPT Repechage Main Event just could not be maintained. The lure of an ANZPT final table berth proved too strong for many of our players as they tightened up considerably with three and then two tables left, before the final table was eventually reached a little after midnight local time with the elimination of ANZPT Queenstown champ Dave Allan.
Earlier in the day, 97 players returned to the Crown Poker Room to battle it out on Day 2. For 34 of them, it would be a fruitless exercise as they were eliminated short of the money, but it took a solid forty-minute bubble before Australian poker veteran Tino Lechich succumbed as our bubble boy in 64th place.
The remaining players had locked up some cash - for some it was profit, for others it was barely money back, depending on how many flights they played to make it that far.
Steadily they trickled to the cashier throughout the evening. Minh Nguyen (62nd), Gautam Dhingra (46th), Michael Fadersen (43rd), Josh Barrett (42nd), Ben McLean (34th), Eric Assadourian (32nd), Patrick Healy (27th) and previous Melbourne Championships winner Scott Peel (26th) some of those to fall along the way.
Play crawled from three tables to go and eventually they were given a quick dinner break to recharge for the assault towards the final table. When they returned Day 1c chip leader Edo Naftaly (21st), Michael Chrisanthopoulos (19th) and Luke Brabin (13th) were some of the casualties before Dave Allan's K♠T♠ ran into Fabian Craib's Q♣Q♦ to bring a long day to a close with Craib claiming the overnight chip lead in an impressive performance.
Here's how they will line up tomorrow:
ANZPT Repechage final table line up
Seat 1: Michel Bouskila - 1,435,000
Seat 2: Michael Kanaan - 2,845,000
Seat 3: Fabian Craib - 2,900,000
Seat 4: Tony Kondevski - 840,000
Seat 5: Iori Yogo - 1,405,000
Seat 6: Anthony Hachem - 1,320,000
Seat 7: Ian Thomson - 1,585,000
Seat 8: Dean Francis - 2,085,000
Seat 9: Daniel Neilson - 1,285,000
It's going to be a cracking final table with a previous ANZPT champion, former Melbourne Championships winner, an Aussie Millions gold ring, and even the son of a world champion. Also in the mix is Japanese star Iori Yogo who with this result will now take the lead in the ANZ Player of the Year race.
The final table will recommence Monday afternoon at 12:30pm local time, and we'll be here to bring you all the live action as it unfolds from the Crown Poker Room. It should be a beauty so we hope you will join us then!