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ANZPT Melbourne wraps up with Martin Kozlov taking it down

[ Posted October 12th, 2010 ] by admin

The ever growing tournament – PokerStars ANZPT – had it’s next stop in Melbourne.

In true ANZPT form it would not be a finish without the drama and subplots all going along with it.

310 players anted up $2,700 in the quest to take down the title and 1st place prize of $195,000.

The final table lined up like this:

Seat 1: Martin Koslov – 153,000
Seat 2: James Obst – 1,063,000
Seat 3: Daniel Laidlaw – 278,000
Seat 4: Kristina Jeney – 1,130,000
Seat 5: Amanda De Cesare – 492,000
Seat 6: Ben Savage – 798,000
Seat 7: David Chilcott – 662,000
Seat 8: Ted Nguyen – 768,000
Seat 9: Raj Ramakrishnan – 783,000

With 2 women in the field there was reasonable chance that one of them would take this down. Kristina Jeney was the chipleader overnight coming into the final table and Amanda De Cesare has already proven herself a capable tournament player by winning Joe Hachems PokerStar reality program as well as a handful of impressive tournament cashes.

Another story to ride along with this tournament was James ‘ANDY_McLEOD’ Obst. He was coming fresh from winning the WCOOP (World Cup of Online Poker) Player of the Series. 2010 has obviously been a good year for the online phenom. It seemed this tournament was his to lose.

Jeney, the chipleader had to be content and ponder maybe what could have been after finishing in 6th place. De Cesare ended her run at the title bowing out in 4th, but another impressive stat for De Cesare to mark on her resume.

Leading into heads up it was Obst and Kozlov, with Obst owning a 5-1 chip advantage. It was going to take just short of a miracle for Kozlov to break through for a win here. Obst is probably in the best form of his life and with a massive lead over his opponent, it would be expected that this one was only a matter of time before he won.

However, even with a 5-1 disadvantage, Martin Kozlov was able to climb the mountain and creep in front of Obst. The final hand came down like this:

After a raising war, Obst turned over A♣K♣ vs Kozlov’s 9♦9♣. It was a virtual coin flip.

The dealer spread the flop of J♦5♦3♥ and there was no help for Obst. The turn fell the 6♣ and again Obst was left missing. He was looking for an ace or king on the river, and the way this man had been running, we were bracing ourselves for what seemed like his destiny.

However it was the 4♣ on the river that left James Obst agonizingly short in his quest for his first major title. A huge congratulations to Martin Kozlov who overcame all the odds to claim a memorable victory!


Final Payout Results For Final Table:

1st Martin Kozlov (Australia) – $195,700
2nd James Obst (Australia) – $124,000
3rd David Chilcott (Australia) – PokerStars Sponsored Player – $68,900
4th Amanda De Cesare (Australia) – PokerStars Sponsored Player – $53,855
5th Ben Savage (Australia) – $42,625
6th Kristina Jeney (Australia) – $34,875
7th Ted Nguyen (Australia) – $27,900
8th Raj Ramakrishnan (Australia) – $22,090
9th Daniel Laidlaw (Australia) – PokerStars Qualifier – $16,275

With only one more stop on the ANZPT Tour, one of the big questions was who is going to win the Player of the Year?

Currently the leaderboard stands…

Season 2 ANZPT Player of the Year Leaderboard

1. John Maklouf 203.8
2. Andrew Scarf 202.65
3. Tony Hachem 191.65
4. Aaron Benton 174.45
5. Michael Spilkin 162.9
6. Rennie Carnevale 159.55
7. Ricky Kroesen 148.65
8. Daniel Neilson 139.55
9. Bradley Bower 138.75
10. Vesko Zmukic 136.1

The Top 3 points getters will win:

The Player of the Year will win a PokerStars.net sponsorship to four Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) events and either the Aussie Millions Main Event or the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event! Sponsorship includes Main Event entry, accommodation and return economy airfare from an Asia Pacific destination (or equivalent travel allowance if residing outside this area). Sponsorship will apply to Season 5 APPT Main Events and the Aussie Millions or the PCA during 2011. This prize is valued at approximately AUD$55,000*.

The Player of the Year runner-up wins sponsorship (Main Event entry, accommodation and return economy airfare from Australia/New Zealand (or equivalent travel allowance if residing outside this area) to five Season 3 ANZPT events. This prize is valued at approximately AUD$25,000.

The  third place finisher on the Player of the Year leaderboard will be entitled to receive a combination of Main Event entries and packages (including Main event entry, accommodation and return economy airfare) as determined by PokerStars.net in respect of APPT, ANZPT and other Main Events sponsored by PokerStars.net in the Asia Pacific region which are held in 2011 up to a value not exceeding AUD$10,000.

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