PokerStars EPT Sochi

Main Event

Level Info

Level 25
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 5,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 340,200 NZD
Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Jonathan Bredin Wins the 2013 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event (NZ$93,600)!

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Champion, Jonathan Bredin
Champion, Jonathan Bredin

When Jonathan Bredin defeated a field of 126 players to be crowned the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event champion, it wasn’t like any other story we had ever seen. Bredin suffers from cerebral palsy and requires the aid of a special iPad and a carer to help communicate his decisions at the poker table. However, apart from this aesthetic aspect of his game, he has shown over the last five days that he can play poker with some of the best players around the Asia-Pacific.

That’s not where the story ends though. Not only was this Bredin’s first-ever elite poker tournament after only playing small-venue games back in his home town of Melbourne, but the {k-Clubs}{k-Spades} that Bredin held when he won the final hand of the tournament is tattooed on his shoulder – same suit and all. Most people couldn’t even dream up a story like that.

Following his victory Bredin said that he is going to buy a car that is specially designed for someone in his medical situation. He also plans to play as many events on the ANZPT and the APPT as possible.

When the final day began it was Bredin who held the chip lead, while Colin Carpenter was the short stack. It wouldn’t be Carpenter who would go home first though as Michael Chon would finish in 9th place. From there, prominent Australian Daniel Neilson would finish in 8th, Carpenter would bow out in 7th and Ricky Kroesen would end up in 6th. Kroesen finished 4th in the same event last year and wasn’t able to improve this time.

Up until five-handed play the action had been quite steady, but at this point the players slowed up. When we say slowed up, we really mean it. One hand between Jon Pierre Narbey and Chiu Yeung Lee saw the clock called four times and the action take 17 minutes to complete. It was roughly 90 minutes between eliminations before Narbey was sent packing in 5th. Raj Ramakrishnan followed Narbey out the door in 4th place, while Lee was the next out in 3rd place.

At the beginning of the heads-up battle, Daniel Laidlaw had a slight lead over Bredin, but that lead would change several times before the tournament entered the record books. At one stage it was looking like Laidlaw was going to be the champion when he held {a-Spades}{k-Spades} and had Bredin at-risk holding {k-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. However, Bredin would end up spiking a deuce to stay alive and take the lead back off Laidlaw.

From there, the final hand of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event would play out and an excited rail of poker fans would celebrate with the truly humble Bredin as he was crowned the champion!

ANZPT Queenstown – Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize (NZ$)
1stJonathan Bredin$93,600
2ndDaniel Laidlaw$59,550
3rdChiu Yeung Lee$34,900
4thRaj Ramakrishnan$28,900
5thJon Pierre Narbey$23,800
6thRicky Kroesen$19,550
7thColin Carpenter$16,150
8thDaniel Neilson$12,750
9thMichael Chon$10,200

A huge congratulations to the champion Jonathan Bredin, the runner-up Daniel Laidlaw and all the other members of the 2013 ANZPT Queenstown final table. As always thanks to the team at PokerStars and here at the SKYCITY Casino.

Goodnight, from New Zealand! The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back on deck for the next stop on the APPT in Melbourne this September, which Jonathan Bredin tells us he will be playing!

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Daniel Laidlaw Eliminated in 2nd Place (NZ$59,550), Jonathan Bredin Wins!

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Daniel Laidlaw - 2nd Place
Daniel Laidlaw - 2nd Place

The final hand of the 2013 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event has just played out!

Jonathan Bredin started with the button and raised it up to 80,000. Daniel Laidlaw then moved all in and Bredin quickly called, excitedly getting his helper to table his {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}. Laidlaw turned over his {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and was at risk.

Before the dealer turned over the flop, Bredin was gesturing towards his shoulder, but we will get to that soon.

The {3-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{j-Spades} flop gave Bredin a set of kings, but did mean Laidlaw had a straight draw.

The {q-Spades} turn didn't change much and the {8-Clubs} river meant it was all over in second place for Laidlaw.

Bredin's carer then told everyone that Bredin had the exact same suited kings tatooed on his shoulder.

An amazing story added to an amazing victory from Jonathan Bredin, who despite suffering from cerebral palsy, has overcome all odds to be crowned a very deserving champion of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event!

Jonathan Bredin au 2,185,000 785,000
Daniel Laidlaw au Busted

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Huge Turn Sees Bredin Take the Lead

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Jonathan Bredin looked down at {k-Hearts}{2-Clubs} on the button and shoved all in for 690,000. Daniel Laidlaw made a quick call and tabled {a-Spades}{k-Spades}.

Bredin was not looking good and the {3-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{9-Hearts} flop wouldn't help him.

Then a {2-Diamonds} hit the turn and he gave a bit of a fist pump.

Laidlaw just stared stoically and didn't seem to react.

The {8-Clubs} on the river meant Bredin had managed the huge double.

How the tables turn!

Jonathan Bredin au 1,400,000 800,000
Daniel Laidlaw au 805,000 -780,000

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Another One for Laidlaw

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Daniel Laidlaw was on the button and raised it up to 80,000. Jonathan Bredin called and a {j-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{k-Hearts} flop was dealt. Both players checked and a {7-Hearts} hit the turn. Bredin check-called a bet of 80,000 and a {2-Spades} completed the board. Bredin check-called a bet of 100,000 and the two players turned their hands over.

Laidlaw had {j-Spades}{6-Hearts}, with the pair of jacks strong enough to send Bredin's {7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} into the muck.

Daniel Laidlaw au 1,585,000 285,000
Jonathan Bredin au 600,000 -285,000

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Bredin Hits Straight

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Jonathan Bredin had the button and made the flat-call. Daniel Laidlaw checked out of the big blind. On the {9-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{8-Spades} flop, Jonathan check-called a bet of 50,000 and a {2-Diamonds} hit the turn. Bredin once again checked and so too did Laidlaw. The {q-Diamonds} was the river card and both players again checked.

Bredin's {j-Hearts}{10-Spades} was good for a straight and strong enough to send Laidlaw's cards into the muck.

Daniel Laidlaw au 1,300,000 -175,000
Jonathan Bredin au 885,000 175,000

Laidlaw Wins Some More

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Daniel Laidlaw limped the button and Jonathan Bredin checked. Both players checked the {j-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} flop, while Bredin would check-call a bet of 60,000 on the {5-Spades} turn. The river was a {3-Clubs} and Bredin check-called a bet of 80,000. At showdown, Laidlaw showed {k-Spades}{9-Spades} for a pair of kings, while Bredin had {j-Clubs}{7-Spades} for a pair of jacks.

Daniel Laidlaw au 1,475,000 190,000
Jonathan Bredin au 710,000 -190,000

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