APPT Melbourne: Rubie in ruins
Brendon Rubie held high hopes entering today's APPT Melbourne final table. He'd played exceptionally well over the past few days, maintaining his place with the chip leaders throughout. He started today fourth in chips and would've been eyeing off the top prize. But it's all come undone in a matter of minutes as this final table has started off at break-neck speeds.
It seemed that Rubie's plan was to apply as much pressure as possible to his opponents, but unfortunately that plan backfired dramatically. In a hand against Wayne Bentley, Rubie called bets of 70,000 on both the flop and turn before the action was checked by Bentley to Rubie on the river on a board of T♠8♦5♣3♣5♠. Rubie thought for about ten seconds before moving all in to put the Englishman to a massive decision for his tournament life.
Bentley sat back in his chair for about a minute before announcing a call. Rubie shook his head in defeat as Bentley tabled A♥T♦ for the best hand.
The news got even worse for Rubie just moments later. He moved all in from the cutoff position with K♣9♣ but Kristian Lunardi woke up with Q♣Q♠ on the button and made the call. The board was all Lunardi as it ran out 7♦4♦Q♦A♣T♠ to give him a set for a big double up to leave Rubie on life support.
Rubie found one double up, but couldn't make it two, with his final stand coming with Q♣J♦ against Sam Razavi's black jacks. The board ran out 3♥9♣3♦9♠3♣ to see Rubie's tournament come to an abrupt end.
He'll be bitterly disappointed with 9th place. Sure $27,175 is handy prize money, but it's well short of Rubie's lofty expectations.
With that, we're suddenly down to eight. Double ups to Wayne Bentley, Kristian Lunardi and the short-stacked Nigel Andrews have evened things up with chip leader Tom Grigg yet to get involved in the action.