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2013 ANZPT Queenstown Snowfest: Bredin Takes Huge Lead Into Final Table

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The penultimate day of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event has been entered into the record books and the final table is set. Leading the final nine is Australia’s Jonathan Bredin, who was the chip leader at the start of Day 2 and will begin the final day with 657,000 in chips. That stack makes up almost a third of the chips in play.

Bredin’s story has been an inspirational one in Queenstown as the 23-year old suffers from cerebral palsy, yet that hasn’t stopped him from playing poker at a truly elite level. Bredin has only limited use of one arm and impeded speech and through the aid of a special iPad and a helper, he is able to communicate his decisions.

Bredin’s nearest competitor at the final table is New Zealand’s Jon Pierre Narbey with a stack of 408,000. Still in contention, albeit with not as many chips as Narbey and Bredin, include the likes of Raj Ramakrishnan, Daniel Laidlaw and Daniel Neilson.

Australia’s Ricky Kroesen is also still alive and with plenty of chips to threaten. Kroesen finished 4th in last year’s ANZPT Queenstown Main Event and will certainly be looking for even more success this year.

2013 ANZPT Queenstown – Final Table Draw

1Daniel Laidlaw106,000
2Jon Pierre Narbey408,000
3Chiu Yeung Lee161,000
4Jonathan Bredin657,000
5Colin Carpenter89,000
6Raj Ramakrishnan271,000
7Ricky Kroesen241,000
8Daniel Neilson122,000
9Michael Chon134,000

It took just shy of six levels to complete Day 3 of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event. At the beginning of the day there were 23 hopefuls, but 14 of them hit the rail before the final table was set.

The action started slowly, but would speed up until Karl Radel was eliminated as the bubble boy. Radel was all-in preflop holding {a-Clubs}{j-Spades} and was up against the {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} of Laidlaw. No help came on the {10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} board, and Radel was sent home with no cash for his time.

After the bubble burst all of the remaining players were guaranteed NZ$5,950. Madis Muur (15th), Wenjian Qiu (14th), Asj Taylor (13th), Lukas Byrns (12th) and Kenny Frisby (11th) all fell short of making the final table. One player who got closer than all others, but was unable to make it to the final nine, was prominent New Zealander Jackson Zheng.

Back in the 2011 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event Zheng finished in 10th place, and that’s the exact same result he finished with this year.

Zheng’s final hand saw him move his short stack all in holding {a-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} from the small blind after Neilson had opened the button. Kroesen was in the big blind holding {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} and isolated with a re-shove. Neilson got out of the way and the dealer spread out a {5-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{4-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{3-Hearts} board, meaning Zheng had once again fell painfully short of a final table appearance in Queenstown.

The final nine players will return to the felt at 12.30 p.m. local time on Sunday and play down to a winner. Who will become the 2013 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event, claiming all the glory and NZ$93,600? Make sure to check in with the PokerNews Live Reporting Team for continued updates from the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event to find out!

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