PokerStars EPT Barcelona

Main Event

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000

Players Info

Players Left 1
Entries 520
Average Chip Stack 10,400,000
Total Chips 10,400,000
Prize Pool 1,066,000 AUD
Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Congratulations to Lin Shi, Winner of the 2015 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event ($170,641)!

Mateusz_Pater • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Champion - Lin Shi
Champion - Lin Shi

The final stop on Season 7 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) began five days ago at Crown Melbourne in Victoria, and in the end it was Australia’s Lin Shi who overcame a record field of 520 players to be crowned the ANZPT Melbourne champion.

Shi began the final table with the second-largest stack, but was short stacked through parts of the final table. He surged back, however, and after a three-handed deal, he never looked back as he ultimately went on to take out Peter Matusik heads-up to capture the title and the AU$170,641 top prize.

Congrats to Lin Shi!

For Shi to win, eight others had to bust, and in the first two hours of the day the tournament lost four players.

First to go was Mile Krstanoski, who would get his chips in preflop holding pocket queens and come up against Shi’s {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}. An ace and king on the flop would see the 2012 Aussie Millions third-place finisher hit the rail first.

Shortly after, George Balandinos would run his pocket eights into Matusik’s pocket nines and be almost drawing dead after Matusik flopped a nine.

Carl Knox and Eric Stadler, who finished in seventh and sixth respectively, would be the unluckiest of the four after getting all their chips in ahead and ultimately falling short. Knox had pocket nines against Nikolce Trajkovski’s {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. All was looking good for Knox until the river spiked a ten to see him fall in seventh. Five minutes later, Stadler was all in with the {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds} against reigning Aussie Millions champ Manny Stavropoulos’ {a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}, but a six on the turn would end his day.

An hour later, Kenn Langcake would find his {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} trumped against Matusik’s pocket kings, and have to settle for fifth place. Trajkovski would last two more hours before having his {a-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} go down to Shi’s {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} after an eight spiked on the river.

Three-handed play lasted just over an hour before stacks evened out. A deal would be struck that saw Matusik guarantee himself $174,489, Stavropolous pocket $171,910, and Shi a respectable $150,641. An additional $20,000 was left aside for the eventual winner.

Three-handed play then loosened up before Shi got the better of Matusik, capturing a chip lead he would never squander. On a flop reading {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds} Shi was at risk with his top pair going up against Matusik’s flush draw. No help would come and Shi would find himself with almost two thirds of the chips in play.

Shi would then take out Stavropoulos by hitting a royal flush on the turn with the {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} against a pair of red threes. A great result for Stavropoulos, whose deep run in the tournament, combined with his Aussie Millions win at the beginning of the year, earned him the ANZPT Player of the Year title.

In the final hand of the night, Matusik would call off his stack with top pair on the turn only to run into the Broadway straight held by Shi. Matusik had to settle for second place and fell just short of being the first player in ANZPT history to win two Main Event titles (he previously won the 2011 ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event for $153,371).

Final Table Results

1Lin Shi170,641*
2Peter Matusik174,489*
3Manny Stavropoulos171,910*
4Nikolce Trajkovski71,960
5Kenn Langcake55,965
6Erich Stadler45,305
7Carl Knox34,650
8George Balandinos26,650
9Mile Krstanoski19,120

*Denotes three-handed deal

That concludes the final ever event on the ANZPT schedule as the tour will now be absorbed into the APPT. A remarkable seven years of the tour has come to an end. Thank you for tuning in to PokerNews’ coverage at each of the stops through out Australia and New Zealand over the years.

Tags: Lin ShiManny StavropoulosPeter Matusik

Peter Matusik Eliminated in 2nd Place ($174,489*)

Mateusz_Pater • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Peter Matusik - 2nd Place
Peter Matusik - 2nd Place

And a winner is crowned!

The hand started with Lin Shi calling from the button and Peter Matusik checking his option.

Both players would check the {9-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop before the {q-Clubs} dropped on the turn.

Matusik then bet out 350,000 before Shi immediately moved all in. Matusik shrugged his shoulders and made the call risking his remaining 1.1 million in chips.

Matusik: {q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Shi: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}

Shi had turned the straight and had Matusik drawing dead as the {2-Spades} completed the board.

Matusik receives $174,489 as per the heads up deal, while the champion Lin Shi takes home the extra $20,00 to bring his total to $170,641.

Matusik will also go down in ANZPT history as the biggest money winner collectively earning $342,811 for his efforts.

*denotes figure after deal

Lin Shi au 10,300,000 1,700,000
Peter Matusik Busted

Manny Stavropoulos Eliminated in 3rd Place ($171,910*)

Mateusz_Pater • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Manny Stavropoulos - 3rd Place
Manny Stavropoulos - 3rd Place

Lin Shi raised to 250,000 from the button before Manny Stavropoulos moved all in for 1.650 million in chips. Peter Matusik folded his big blind before Shi called.

Stavropoulos: {3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}
Shi: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

Stavropoulos was in front with his small pair even after the flop fell {j-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

Shi had plenty of outs going into the turn, and he would hit the trump card, as the {k-Clubs} dropped on the turn.

A Royal Flush for Shi would see him and Stavopoulos shake hands as the meaningless {q-Diamonds} completed the board.

A great result for Stavropoulos who now adds a 3rd place finish - in the largest ANZPT main event ever - to a resume that includes taking down this years Aussie Millions Main Event.

*denotes figure after deal

Lin Shi au 8,600,000 2,860,000
Manny Stavropoulos au Busted

Peter Matusik Doubles Through Manny Stavropoulos

Mateusz_Pater • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Manny Stavropoulos called from the small blind and Peter Matusik checked his option.

The flop came down {4-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{q-Clubs} and both players checked.

After the {10-Hearts} dropped on the turn, Stavropoulos reached for his chips, before splashing out 225,000. Matusik then went all in for and additional 920,000 in chips.

"Alright. Let's gamble," said Stavropoulos, before sliding in a call.

Stavropolous: {9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}
Matusik: {q-Spades}{7-Spades}

Matusik was in the lead with to pair but needed to fade a club or straight cards.

In the end the {7-Hearts} completed the board to see Matusik double and leave Stavropoulos short.

Peter Matusik 2,500,000 1,425,000
Manny Stavropoulos au 1,700,000 -1,910,000

Lin Shi Doubles Through Peter Matusik

Mateusz_Pater • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Peter Matusik min raised from the button and was called by Lin Shi in the small blind.

The flop came down {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and Shi checked. Matusik threw out a bet totalling 300,000 before Shi came over the top moving all in for 2.755 million. Matusik called and the cards were tabled.

Matusik: {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
Shi: {a-Spades}{7-Spades}

Shi was in front with his top pair against Matusik's flush draw. The board would run out {q-Hearts} and {4-Spades} to see Shi hold with his pair as he moves up to over 5.5 million in chips.

Lin Shi au 5,740,000 2,960,000
Peter Matusik 1,075,000 -2,685,000

Deal Discussed

Mateusz_Pater • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The remaining three players have discussed a deal that will see Peter Matusik lock up $174,489, Manny Stavropoulos $171,910 and Lin Shi $150,641.

An additional $20,000 has been left aside as a bonus for the eventual champion as well as the coveted ANZPT trophy!

Peter Matusik 3,760,000 -265,000
Manny Stavropoulos au 3,610,000 -245,000
Lin Shi au 2,780,000 480,000

Play Resumes

Mateusz_Pater • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The remaining three players have returned and will continue play with blind at 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante.