This event marked the first time an APPT event was held in Queenstown. The field created the largest prize pool ever recorded in the city. While taking in any share of the $342,900 NZD prize pool would be an impressive feat, it was the NZD$94,300 first-place prize that all the returning players were vying for.
After almost 12 hours of tough play at the final table, including almost four of grueling heads-up play, it was Germany’s Marcel Schreiner and New Zealand local Matt Yates who went toe-to-toe for the title.
Schreiner managed to hold a chip lead at the end of Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, and at the final table he produced a dominating display to become the eventual champion.
The final table began with some of the finest players from the region taking to the felt. This included the likes of Jonathan Karamalikis, Hugh Cohen and Tom Grigg. By the time all those players had hit the rail in ninth place, eighth place and sixth place respectively, we were already several hours into the final table.
When heads-up play commenced, the two players had similar stacks, but after a couple of hours, Schreiner showed his domination in the match, and managed to take down a huge majority of the pots to sit with a nice chip lead.
The two players went on to fight it out for over 180 hands, and for the majority of them, Schreiner held the chip lead. The exception to this was when the biggest hand of the night occurred. Schreiner and Yates got all their chips in the middle on a board showing . Yates held against Schreiner's . The higher kicker for Yates made all the difference because the river bricked out and a big chip lead was finally in the hands of Yates.
The lead didn't last long though, because Schreiner managed to chip away at Yates and slowly work his way back to a lead before managing to have Yates all-in holding against his own . When the flop hit the felt, Schreiner's full house had Yates drawing dead and sent him home in second place.
Final Table Results
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With Schreiner crowned the first ever APPT Queenstown champion, the sentiment around the event is that it may be set to become one of the most popular on the tour, with not only a great poker event on offer, but with the beautiful city of Queenstown something to marvel at while away from the felt.
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