What a week it’s been here for the ANZPT7 Melbourne Main Event!
Records broken, history made and after four days of play at Crown Melbourne a champion has emerged. Ultimately is was Lin Shi who reigned triumphant, overcoming Peter Matusik in a short heads up battle late into Level 29.
At that point Matusik lead for 350,000 and Shi pushed all in over the top with enough to cover his opponent. Matusik gave a shrug and called off for his tournament life.
“Do you have a flush?” Shi asked before seeing he had Matusik Drawing dead.
Matusik had flopped a straight but the turn saw Shi overtake him with Broadway. With the bottom end of the straight there was no way Matusik could catch up as the inconsequential 2♠ rolled off. So close to winning himself a second ANZPT title, Matusik would have to settle for a $174,489 payday.
The first to find the exit was Mile Krstanoski not long after play began. He got his money in with Q♣Q♦ against the A♣K♦ of Lin Shi but wasn’t able to fade the overcards. Shi would flop top two pair and hold to eliminate Krstanoski in ninth place.
Erich Stadler would finish sixth after a bad beat from Manny Stavropoulos left him heading to the cashier. Stadler got his shortstack all in good with A♠K♦ and Stavropoulos called off from the big blind with A♥6♣. Stavropoulos would ultimately find a six on the river to scoop the pot and send Stadler to the rail.
It was over an hour into three-handed play when whispers of a deal began. Eventually those remaining would look at the numbers and in the end an agreement was reached. An ICM chop was decided upon with $20,000 and the trophy put aside to play for. The deal saw chip leader at the time Matusik lock up $174,489, Stravropoulos guaranteed himself $171,910, and Shi ensure a $150,641 return.
Of these three it was Stavropoulos who fell by the wayside before heads up play began. He exited in spectacular fashion after a preflop flip with Shi lead to his opponent turning a Royal Flush. It was a fair fight with Stavropoulos holding 3♥3♦ against Shi’s A♣Q♣ but he couldn’t avoid elimination on the J♣7♥10♣K♣Q♥ run out.
ANZPT7 Melbourne Final Table Results
1st: Lin Shi (Australia) – $170,641*
2nd: Peter Matusik (Australia) – $174,489*
3rd: Manny Stavropoulos (Australia) – $171,910*
4th: Nikolce Trajkovski (Australia) – $71,960
5th: Kenn Langcake (Australia) – $55,965
6th: Erich Stadler (New Zealand) – $45,305
7th: Carl Knox (New Zealand) – $34,650
8th: George Balandinos (Australia) – $26,650
9th: Mile Krstanoski (Australia) – $19,120
* indicates a three-handed deal
It was a record 520 player field and $1,066,000 prize pool for the last ANZPT Main Event ever – what a way to end this seven-year legacy! Congratulations to Lin Shi and thank you for joining our coverage of ANZPT7 Melbourne.