Gordon Huntly Wins 2012 PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event

Gordon Huntley

The 2012 PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Sydney Main Event came to a close early Monday morning in Sydney, Australia. Gordon Huntly, from Scotland, conquered the 461-player field to pocket $226,812.

2012 ANZPT Sydney Main Event Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPayout (AUD)
1stGordon Huntly$226,812
2ndLiam O’Rourke$144,754
3rdAnthony Aston$80,214
4thStewart Ballard$62,696
5thJason O’Brien$48,405
6thOliver Speidel$39,185
7thCraig Blight$29,965
8thBradley Lancken$23,511
9thMartin Rowe$17,518

There were 27 players still in contention at the start of the final day, but after 12 hours of play only one player could take down the title. When the day began, Nicholas Heather held the chip lead, but that didn’t last long, as he faltered late in the afternoon. In the end Heather bowed out just shy of the final table in 12th place.

After five hours, only nine players remained and going into the final table, Liam O’Rourke had a monster chip lead. O’Rourke put on a bit of a show in the lead up to the final table and continued his aggressive play well into the early hours of the morning.

2012 ANZPT Sydney Main Event Final Table

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Anthony Aston1,900,000
2Oliver Speidel715,000
3Liam O'Rourke3,400,000
4Jason O'Brien800,000
5Martin Rowe360,000
6Stewart Ballard325,000
7Craig Blight425,000
8Bradley Lancken370,000
9Gordon Huntly715,000

The first elimination at the final table occurred just a short while after it began, with 2008 APPT Sydney Champion Martin Rowe going home in ninth place when his {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} couldn't win a race against {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}.

Not long after Rowe’s elimination, Bradley Lancken found himself on the rail in eighth place. Lancken got his stack all in preflop holding {k-}{k-} againts Oliver Speidel's {7-}{7-}. Unfortunately for Rowe, the flop was spread housing a {7-}, and with no help on the turn or river, Rowe was eliminated.

Shortly thereafter, Craig Blight exited in seventh place when he couldn't win a race against O'Rourke. Next to go was Speidel. A great effort from Speidel saw him add a sixth place finish at ANZPT Sydney to his poker resume which includes a 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event victory.

Jason O’Brien and O’Rourke rumbled for much of the final table, and as such it was somewhat apt that O’Brien’s elimination would come at the hands of O’Rourke. In the end, O’Brien lost a massive flip holding {a-}{k-} against O’Rourke’s {2-}{2-} and was out the door in fifth place.

The final four fought fiercely, but play slowed down to a crawl. It took over two hours for the next elimination to occur, but Stewart Ballard was eventually sent to the door in fourth place.

At this point O'Rourke was controlling the table. The young Aussie was seemingly involved in every hand. Just a short while after Ballard's elimination, O'Rourke dealt the fatal blow to Anthony Aston. O'Rourke held {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs} when he had Aston all in holding {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. No help came for Aston on a {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{2-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Hearts} board and he was sent home in third place.

Going into heads-up play, O'Rourke held a chip lead, but it still took less than half an hour for Huntly to take care of O’Rourke. Huntly chipped away and chipped away before he had an almost 3-1 chip lead over O'Rourke. The last hand of the night saw O'Rourke all in preflop holding {k-Spades}{9-Clubs} against Huntly's {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. The {4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs} board was spread and it was all over for O'Rourke. For his runner-up finish O’Rourke pocketed a very respectable AUD$144,754.

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