Day 4 Completed
|Prize Pool||393,600 AUD|
|Blinds||25,000 / 50,000|
Day 4 Completed
The first stop on Season 7 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour began five days ago at Crown Perth in Western Australia and in the end it was Scotland’s Michael Kane who overcame a total field of 192 players to be crowned the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth champion.
Kane began the final table with the fifth largest stack and was even short stacked and all in for his tournament life with nine players remaining. He found the double up, however, and from there never looked back as he ultimately made a heads-up deal with Stephen McHugh before going on to win the title and a AU$98,900 top prize.
Congrats to Michael Kane!
For Kane to get where is, eight others had to bust and the big story of the final table, outside of Kane's victory, was the demise of Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang.
There were high hopes for Huang to win his first ANZPT title and he was always going to be hard to beat considering he started the final table with the chip lead.
Unfortunately it just wasn’t Huang’s day as it seemed every time he raised, someone three-bet and every time he three-bet someone four-bet. With seemingly no spots in there for Huang to make a move, he simply bled chips until he was down under 300,000 with blinds at 8,000/16,000.
By this point play had been nine-handed for over two and half hours and this is when Huang got his chips in preflop holding and was up against the eventual champion Michael Kane with . Kane had a slightly shorter stack and managed to find a double up and leave Huang extremely short when the board ran out .
Huang had just a couple of big blinds in his stack after this hand and despite finding a quick double up, he ended up being eliminated when he moved all in preflop with and ran into Navin bechar’s .
Just like that, Huang had gone from chip leader to out in ninth for an AU$10,500 score.
It was the beginning of Huang’s demise that kicked off Kane’s domination of the final table as not long after doubling up through Huang, Kane would become the first player to move his stack over seven-figures.
Kane crushed his opposition and once Gregory Wheeler (8th) and Robert McLean (7th) had both hit the rail, Kane had triple the amount of chips of his nearest competitor.
One of the key hands that saw Kane able to build towers of chips occurred when he got three streets of value when he hit a set of sevens against McLean’s on a board. McLean was crippled at this point and wasn’t able to rebuild, ultimately hitting the rail in seventh place.
From here Kane was able to control the table while Raiden Kan (6th), Michael Guzzardi (5th), Navin Bechar (4th), and Michael Doyle (3rd) were eliminated to usher in heads-up play between Kane and McHugh.
Before the cards were in the air for the heads-up battle, the two players struck a deal, with Kane locking up AU$78,900 and McHugh guaranteeing himself AU$72,100. That left AU$20,000 for the eventual champion.
With so much cash on the line it’s no surprise it was a tense heads-up battle that would last almost three hours. The lead changed several times during that period but it was ultimately Kane who claimed the final hand of the tournament when McHugh got just over 20 big blinds in preflop with and Kane made the call with .
McHugh found a handy flop to take the lead, but with a on the turn and a on the river it was a runner-runner flush that would seal the deal for the new ANZPT Perth champion Michael Kane.
Final Table Results
*Denotes heads-up deal
The next stop on Season 7 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour is ANZPT Sydney which takes place at The Star Casino and runs from March 19-23. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will once again be on hand providing live updates, so be sure to return then to find out who becomes the next ANZPT champion!
And a winner is crowned!
Stephen McHugh has just busted in second place after a huge coinflip that saw all the money in preflop.
Michael Kane raised the button to 100,000 before McHugh made it another 150,000 to go. Kane pushed all in over the top and McHugh snapped it off for his remaining 1,300,000.
They were racing and the flop of saw McHugh jump to the lead. The turn gave McHugh trips but also brought a flush draw for Kane.
The river completed Kane’s flush and a painful run out for McHugh sent him to the rail as the runner up here in the ANZPT Perth Main Event.
McHugh receives $72,100 as per the heads up deal, while the champion Michael Kane takes home the extra $20,00 to bring his total to $98,900.
Michael Kane won the first few small pots back from the break.
Then Stephen McHugh doubled up.
McHugh had the button and limped. Kane checked and the dealer spread out a flop.
Kane led for 50,000 here and McHugh raised to 150,000.
With a call from McHugh, a was dealt on the turn.
This time when Kane checked, McHugh moved all in for 500,000.
Kane tanked, called, and then didn't look too happy when it was his against .
The river was a , with McHugh having Kane out kicked.
Michael Kane and Stephen McHugh are back from their break and the cards are in the air.
The two players are heading on a 10-minute break.
Back soon to play to a winner!
The heads-up battle has been a little quiet of late. Here is one of the few hands that went to showdown.
Stephen McHugh had the button and raised it up to 85,000. Michael Kane made the call and the two players took to a flop. Kane check-called a bet of 75,000 here. Both players checked the turn and a completed the board on the river. This time Kan check-called a bet of 150,000.
Kane showed for ace-high which proved to be a great call with McHugh having just .
Stephen McHugh had the button and opened it up to 80,000. Michael Kane called and the dealer spread out a flop.
Kane check-called a bet of 130,000 here and a was dealt on the turn.
This time when Kane checked, McHugh moved all in.
"That's a big bet sir, it's 3.5 times the pot," Kane said before he opted to fold.
The short-stacked at risk player has once again doubled during heads-up play.
It was Stephen McHugh who was all in with his tournament life on the line against Michael Kane.
McHugh had against Kane's .
The board gave McHugh a bit of a sweat, but ultimately he scooped the double to move back to seven figures.