Once again the trophy and the cash will remain on home soil as New Zealand's Simon Watt has captured the win and $209,085 in prize money.
The 26-year old first came to our attention on Day 2 as he stormed through the field to claim the chip lead and from there he never looked back. Watt was quoted as saying, "I’m very confident going into the final table," and it showed as he used a beautiful mix of patience and controlled aggression to accumulate chips before lady luck got him over the line.
Thanks to PokerStars and the wonderful team at the SKYCITY Casino here in Auckland who have been our hosts this week. They've run a wonderful week of tournaments in world-class venue, and the Kiwi people are some of the friendliest you'll find anywhere in the world.
For those who couldn't make it this time, make sure you plan ahead to make it out to Auckland next year, but in the meantime the PokerStars.net APPT train continues with the next stop the tropical paradise of Cebu in the Philippines from November 11th-15th.
Thanks for your company and see you next time! So long from New Zealand!
The 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event has come to a close and our champion is once again a local in Simon Watt.
Gerome Guitteau was first to act and he declared himself all in for around 500,000 with Watt making the call.
The board was spread and the pair of Watt holds up to take the pot and the trophy!
Frenchman Gerome Guitteau put in a tremendous performance to be amongst the chip leaders all tournament, and it was only a stroke a bad luck heads-up that saw him miss out on the title. He will however take
Gerome Guitteau raised to 75,000 before Jason Brown moved all in from the small blind for a little under 200,000. Simon Watt folded his big blind and Guitteau made the call.
The flop brought a sweat when it landed but Guitteau had snatched the lead with his pair of nines. It stayed that way through the turn and river to send the pot to Guitteau and eliminate Brown in 3rd place.
In the first limped pot of this final table, Ke Sijia decided to mix it up by limping in from under the gun. Gerome Guitteau completed in the small blind and Jason Brown checked his option in the big blind.
The flop landed and play checked to Sijia who fired 70,000. Guitteau then put in the check-raise to 200,000 as Brown stepped aside. Sijia made the call as a big pot was developing.
The turn was the and Guitteau moved all in with Sijia making a quick call for his tournament life.
Both players had a pair and flush draw but the river was the to complete the flush for Guitteau and end the run of Sijia in 4th place for NZ$55,230 in prize money.