Queenstown Snowfest: Westmorland walks
Jordan Westmorland has been a dominant force on this final table, responsible for the elimination of several opponents along the way, but it's come unstuck in 3rd place after a big clash with Ken Demlakian.
It always proved tricky for Westmorland to have the unpredictable Demlakian sitting to his left. Demlakian just wouldn't fold and he couldn't miss a flop, which made it pretty hard for Westmorland to get involved. It was always a case of two steps forwards, three steps back.
Ultimately Demlakian's strategy again proved profitable on Westmorland's final hand of the tournament.
In a battle of the blinds, Westmorland raised to 50,000 from the small blind and Demlakian defended his big blind with a call to see a flop of 3♠5♠5♦. Westmorland checked to Demlakian who bet 75,000. In one of the first check-raises we've seen on this final table, Westmorland made it 175,000 to go. Demlakian is a hard man to budge as he made the call.
The turn brought the 7♥ and Westmorland instantly moved all in for a total of 388,000. Demlakian didn't take long as he committed to the call.
Westmorland stood to his feet and opened 8♠6♠. It was a monstrous draw with straight and flush possibilities, but Demlakian was in the lead with 7♦4♦ for a turned top pair. Demlakian stood to his feet and couldn't watch as the dealer blanked the Q♣ on the river.
It was a great tournament for Westmorland who has been a popular player this week amongst the players with his friendly, happy-go-lucky personality fitting in well with the Australasian poker community. If we see Westmorland make more appearances on the APPT and ANZPT, then the locals had better watch out, as this American is the real deal.
Westmorland takes NZ$41,200 back to Phuket in Thailand, which will buy a whole lot of Pad Thai and Singa Beer.