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Congratulations to Edison Nguyen, Winner of the 2014 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event ($217,500)!

[user162117] • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante
Champion, Edison Nguyen

Around 16 hours ago, 34 players made their way into the Crown Poker Room hoping to have a big day at the felt. Eyes were on the $253,000 top prize and the 2014 ANZPT Melbourne title. But as always, there can only be one winner and on this occasion it was Edison "GooGieMonA" Nguyen who outlasted all others to be crowned the champion of the largest ANZPT in history.

Nguyen is widely considered one of Australia's finest poker talents, both live and online. Earlier this year Nguyen won the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event at the Aussie Millions and now he has added an ANZPT title and after a heads-up deal, a massive $217,500 to his resume.

For Nguyen to get where he is now, 33 others had to hit the rail. The first of those, and the player to have the shortest final day at the felt, was Michael Chrisanthopoulos (34th - $4,600). From there, players like Anthony Aston (30th - $5,150), Phillip Willcocks (27th - $5,700), Henry Tran (24th - $6,250), Luke Brabin (23rd - $6,250), Luke Edwards (21st - $7,200), Anthony Legg (15th - $9,300), Joe Reina (12th - $11,400) and Roberto Damelian (11th - $11,400) all hit the rail with some cash for their time.

When Michael Caruana was eliminated in 10th place, collecting $11,400 the final table was set.

It was just a few minutes after the final table began that Cameron Bryce would hit the rail in ninth place, collecting $18,550. Eight-handed action would last quite a long time as the chips were somewhat shared around the table. Then, all of a sudden, four players hit the rail in quick succession. First Gabriel Messo was eliminated in eighth place. Then, there was a massive double elimination that saw Dylan Honeyman home in seventh place for $33,500 and Chua home in sixth place for $43,800.

Just a short while after the double bust-out, Wayde Rickhuss found the rail in fifth place and then four-handed play didn't last long as Luke Spano quickly followed Rickhuss out the door. Spano and he was eliminated in fourth place, taking home $69,700.

When only three players remained, the tempo changed completely as it would take almost four hours to reach heads-up. In the end it was Dennis Huntly who hit the rail in third place with $87,800.

As soon as heads-up play began, Edison Nguyen and Corey Kempson decided to discuss a deal. Depsite having 5.4 million in chips to Nguyen’s 4.9 million, Kempson agreed to let Nguyen lock up $210,000 and leave himself with a guaranteed $195,500. These amounts meant $7,500 was left over for the eventual champion.

Once the cards were back in the air following the deal, there was some strange heads-up play that made APPT President Danny McDonagh and Crown Poker TD Joel Williams pause the action. Then, just a few minutes after that hullabaloo, Kempson and Nguyen decided to go all in blind. Nguyen had Kempson covered and it was his {q-Hearts}{6-Clubs} against Kempson’s {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. The board ran out {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and it was all over as Kempson was the runner up and Nguyen had been crowned the champion!

PlacePlayerPrize (AUD)
1Edison Nguyen*$217,500
2Corey Kempson*$195,500
3Dennis Huntly$87,800
4Luke Spano$69,700
5Wayde Rickhuss$54,200
6Vincent Chua$43,800
7Dylan Honeyman$33,500
8Gabriel Messo$25,800
9Cameron Bryce$18,550

*Denotes heads-up deal

Congratulations to all the final table players, but especially to Edison Nguyen who will now go down in history as having won the largest ANZPT in history. The next event on the tour will be ANZPT Auckland which takes place from November 15-23.

We must also take this opportunity to congratulate APPT President Danny McDonagh and all the team at the ANZPT, along with Crown Poker's TD Joel Williams for hosting a record-breaking event!

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