ANZPT Sydney: Josh Redhouse takes the title!

March 24th 2014 By Heath "TassieDevil" Chick

The ANZPT Sydney Main Event has come to an end with Josh Redhouse crowned champion. Redhouse overcame a field of 458 entrants and defeated popular local Peco Stojanovski heads-up to claim the trophy, a giant novelty cheque and $133,360 in prize money following a four-handed deal.

The action on the final table was fast and furious from the start with Brent Taunton eliminated with his nut flush draw on just the second hand of the final table. The short-stacked Milan Gurung was soon to follow before Nathan Sawyers’ fall from grace saw him crash out in seventh place.

It was Peco Stojanovski doing most of the damage as he skipped away to the chip lead, and that trend continued when he clashed with Oliver Gill. First the two collided on a board of J spades7 spadesJ diams9 diams10 diams with Gill’s rivered straight swallowed up by the full house of Stojanovski who held pocket tens.

That left Gill short stacked and he moved all in a short time later with queen-ten, but once again Stojanovski had that covered with pocket jacks to eliminate the polarizing poker personality in sixth place.

Rory Young wasn’t thrilled with his elimination in fifth place as good friend Jazz Mathers did most of the damage with pocket tens against Young’s ace-king.

That left the four remaining players to nut our a modified ICM deal that would see Peco Stojanovski collect the biggest payday while leaving $17,360 and the trophy in the middle to play for as all four players locked up a six-figure collect.

Overnight chip leader Jazz Mathers was the next to go after a series of unfortunate clashes with Steve Zhou crippled his stack. Mathers made a final stand with K spades10 spades but that was no match for Zhou’s A spadesK clubs.

Zhou looked dangerous with three players left but lady luck would desert him when he needed it most. Zhou committed with A spadesJ hearts against Peco Stojanovski’s A clubs4 clubs but a four on the flop would see Zhou out in third to leave Stojanovski to take on Josh Redhouse for the title.

Redhouse had managed to stay out of trouble to build a handy chip lead against Stojanovski as heads-up play got underway. Redhouse was the more aggressive of the two and he was able to extend the advantage until the final hand went down.

With the blinds at 40,000/80,000/10,000, Stojanovski moved all in for 1.4 million with A diams6 spades but Redhouse quickly called with 8 diams8 clubs. The board would arrive 7 clubs4 diams9 hearts7 spadesQ spades to see Redhouse celebrate with his rail as he was crowned champion.

Stojanovski took home the most prize money, but Redhouse grabs the title and $133,360. Interestingly, Redhouse only played the event after winning his home game league. They were all on the rail to cheer him home and share the spoils!

ANZPT Sydney Final Table Results
1st Josh Redhouse - $133,360*
2nd Peco Stojanovski - $155,000*
3rd Steven Zhou - $120,000*
4th Jazz Mathers - $105,000*
5th Rory Young - $48,000
6th Oliver Gill - $38,900
7th Nathan Sawyers - $29,750
8th Milan Gurung - $23,350
9th Brent Taunton - $17,400

* denotes four-handed private deal

The next event on the regional calendar is the APPT Seoul event which runs from April 1 – 6, 2014 at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino in Seoul, South Korea.

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