The latest stop on Season 6 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) came to a conclusion on Monday evening at The Star as the ANZPT Sydney Main Event champion was crowned. The last player standing from a starting field of 458 proved to be Josh Redhouse, and he walked away with the top prize of AU$133,360 following a four-handed deal.
The 27-year-old sales manager from Sydney is a keen golfer who had never played a major poker tournament before entering the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Now, Redhouse has claimed the title to one of Australia’s largest tournaments.
ANZPT Sydney Final Table Payouts
* — Denotes four-handed deal
Within just a few minutes of the final table beginning, the first player was eliminated with Brent Taunton finishing in ninth place. Taunton got aggressive holding the on a flop and was all in against Peco Stojanovski with the . Taunton didn’t find the cards he needed and was sent home with AU$17,400 for his time.
Following Taunton’s elimination both Milan Gurung and Nathan Sawyers were getting short stacked. Despite managing to find a double up, it was Gurung who would finish in eighth place when his couldn’t stay in front of Redhouse’s . Gurung earned AU$23,350.
From there, it didn’t take too long for Sawyers to join Gurung on the rail. He moved all in preflop for his short stack holding the and ran into Stojanovski’s . No help came on the board and Sawyers was sent home in seventh place, collecting AU$29,750.
Oliver Gill started off the final table strong, first doubling up when he held pocket queens versus pocket nines, but he eventually found the rail in sixth place. Gill had lost most of his chips to Stojanovski on a previous hand and was down to just 10 big blinds when he moved all in holding in the small blind. Stojanovski called with the from the big blind and finished Gill off when no help came on the board. Gill pocketed AU$38,900.
It had been a roller coaster day for Rory Young, and the ride continued right up until the end. Young was first down to just 10 big blinds when he doubled up holding the against Stojanovski’s , all in preflop. Then, Young ran his into Mathers’ and wasn’t able to improve. Young was eliminated shortly thereafter, earning a payday of AU$48,000.
When four-handed action began, the players began discussing a deal. At this point, Steven Zhou was the short stack and didn’t want to make the deal and so play kicked back off. Then, Zhou doubled up two hands in a row and a new deal was made, with Stojanovic guaranteeing himself AU$155,000, Zhou locking up AU$120,000, Redhouse claiming AU$116,000 and Mathers pocketing AU$105,000, while AU$17,360 was left over for the eventual champion.
Three-handed play would see the action slow up, but eventually it was Zhou who would claim third place. Zhou’s final hand saw him all in holding the against the of Stojanovski. The board was unlucky for Zhou and with that, the 2014 ANZPT Sydney Main Event was down to just two players.
Redhouse began heads-up play with just under a 2-1 chip lead and quickly increased that lead before eventually sending Stojanovski home in second place. It was the 28th level of the tournament with blinds at 40,000/80,000 when Stojanovski shoved the button for 1.4 million holding the . Redhouse made a quick call with the and with no help for Stojanovski, he was sent home as the runner-up and Redhouse was crowned the champion.
As per the deal, Stojanovski claimed the largest prize, taking home AU$155,000 for his effort, while Redhouse added to his deal payout with the extra money for the winner, making his total prize money sit at AU$133,360.
Congratulations to all the final table players and especially to Redhouse for becoming the latest ANZPT champion! The next event on the ANZPT will take place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne from August 29 through September 1.