APPT Queenstown Day 4: Level 26 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

Congratulations to Marcel Schreiner, 2011 APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event champion!

It couldn't have been a more epic finish to an amazing week here in Queenstown, with Germany's Marcel Schreiner defeating New Zealand's Matty Yates in one of the most intense heads-up battles in APPT history to win his first major career title and NZ$94,600 in prize money. Schreiner was chip leader on day one, day two, day three and finally he emerged triumphant today in a dominant display on the felt of the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino. Congratulations on a thoroughly deserving victory!


On behalf of the PokerStars Blog crew, we thank you for following our live updates throughout the week, and we'll have a full wrap of today's action for you shortly.

12:00am: Matty Yates eliminated in 2nd place; Marcel Schreiner wins!

As the clock ticked over into the new day, after three-and-a-half hours of heads-up play, the final hand of the APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event was dealt with Germany's Marcel Schreiner emerging as our deserving champion.

Matty Yates' final stand was short and painless as he open shoved his last 615,000 with A♥9♠ and Schreiner snap-called with A♠Q♠.

The dealer rolled out a flop of Q♥A♣A♦ and it just like that it was all over as Yates found himself drawing stone-cold dead. The meaningless J♣ turn and 6♥ river completed the board as the rail gave a generous round of applause for both our champion Marcel Schreiner, and our runner up, Matty Yates, who takes home NZ$60,000 for a tremendous effort in this tournament.


Matty Yates eliminated in 2nd place

11:50pm: Play resumes

The players are back, hopefully refreshed, recharged and ready to gamble!

Approximate chip counts:

Marcel Shreiner: 1,605,000
Matty Yates: 765,000


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