ANZPT Perth Final Table: Levels 24-25 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

May 06, 2012

9:05pm: Ten-minute break

8:50pm: The choir is finding some voice

In a limped pot, Anthony Marenko checked the flop of 8♠7♠3♣ over to Mat Carlsson who tossed out 80,000. Marenko responded with a check-raise to 250,000 but Carlsson came back with a re-raise of his own to 680,000.

After a bit of thought, Marenko announced himself all in to force a fold from Carlsson. Marenko’s railbirds roared with delight as he moves up to 4.3 million to Carlsson’s 1.2 million.

8:45pm: Kicker problems

Mat Carlsson has been limping his button while Anthony Marenko likes to raise to three times the big blind. It’s two different heads-up strategies but at the moment, it appears to be favouring Marenko.

In a recent pot, he opened to 150,000 and Carlsson called before both players checked the flop and turn on the 10♠A♥5♣A♣ board. On the 6♦ river, Carlsson led out for 80,000 and Marenko called.

Carlsson showed J♦10♦ but he’d been out-kicked by Marenko’s Q♠10♣.

8:30pm: Marenko draws first blood

First big pot of the heads-up battle has gone the way of Anthony Marenko. He opened the button to 150,000 and Mat Carlsson called to see a flop of 9♠7♠4♦.

Carlsson check-called for 250,000 before both checked the 10♥ turn. The river was the 3♦ and Carlsson checked to Marenko who bet 300,000. A some quick thought, Carlsson made the call but mucked when Carlsson showed Q♥9♥ for a pair of nines.
Carlsson slips to two million with Marenko up to 3.4 million.

8:25pm: Heads-up chip counts

After a quick break the two players are back to battle it out for the ANZPT Perth trophy. Here’s the counts as head-up play recommences:

Anthony Marenko – 2,940,000
Mat Carlsson – 2,450,000

Who will join Australian greats Tony Hachem and Grant Levy as an ANZPT Perth champion? The cards are back in the air!


8:10pm: Anthony Aston eliminated in 3rd place

Anthony Marenko opened with a raise to 110,000 from the button before Anthony Aston moved all in for 940,000 from the small blind. Mat Carlsson folded his big blind but Marenko quickly called.

Marenko: K♦K♠
Aston: 10♦9♦

Yet another big pair on this final table, and despite flopping an open-ended straight draw, Aston wasn’t able to crack the pair on the board of 5♣J♣Q♥10♣6♣. Back-to-back ANZPT third place finishes for Aston as he adds another $27,590 to his rapidly expanding bankroll.


Anthony Aston eliminated in 3rd place

7:50pm: Level up, blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000

7:45pm: Lucky ducks for Carlsson

Mat Carlsson moved all in from the button for 935,000 and Anthony Marenko made the call in the small blind. Carlsson showed 2♣2♦ and was already up on his feet when Marenko showed 6♠6♦.

However incredibly the board ran out A♣3♣7♣3♠10♣ to give Carlsson, in the words of “Pands”, our Burswood MC, a “two-high flush”. Almost. Whatever you want to call it, the chips were pushed to Carlsson for a double up to 1.9 million with Carlsson back in the pack with around two million.

7:40pm: Short-stacked survival

The two short stacks have both landed double ups to stay alive in the battle for the ANZPT Perth title.

Mat Carlsson was all in for his last 850,000 with K♣Q♣ and managed to spike a king to get past Anthony Marenko’s A♣10♣ on the board of 8♥7♦9♦K♦4♥.

However next hand he gave those chips across to Anthony Aston.

Aston moved all in from the small blind with A♦K♦ and Carlsson called with A♣Q♥ in the big blind. Where are these guys finding these cards? The board ran out K♠10♠9♠4♦2♣ to see Aston double up to 1.55 million with Carlsson back to one million.


7:30pm: Marenko takes one from Carlsson

Anthony Marenko has increased his chip advantage after winning a healthy pot on the river against Mat Carlsson.

Carlsson raised the button to 105,000 and Marenko called in the small blind to see a flop of 8♦6♠10♦. Marenko check-called for 160,000 before tapping the table again on the K♠ turn. Carlsson fired a second barrel worth 260,000 and again Marenko matched the bet.

The river brought the 9♥ and Marenko decided that was good enough to lead out with a bet of 420,000. After a few minutes of thought, Carlsson released.

Carlsson is down to 900,000 with Marenko motoring along with 3.6 million.

7:20pm: King-ball saves Aston

Anthony Aston was desperately seeking a double up, and he found it when he shoved all in for 495,000 from the small blind with K♠2♥. Mat Carlsson woke up with (yet another) big pair and instantly called with J♦J♣, but fell behind when the board ran out 4♣K♥3♣Q♥10♠.

Aston stays alive and doubles to over one million with Carlsson back to around 1.5 million.

7:10pm: Jon Curtis eliminated in 4th place

Anthony Marenko and Jon Curtis saw a flop of K♦9♦J♦ and that’s where things got busy. Marenko bet 200,000 before Curtis moved all in for an additional 740,000.

“I think I’m going to have to call you Jon,” sighed Marenko before committing his chips. He opened K♥J♠ for top two pair, but Curtis held Q♥10♥ for a flopped straight.

Marenko was looking for running diamond to chop, or a king or jack to take the lead. The dealer burned and turned the K♠ on the turn to the roar of the rail as Marenko improved to an unbeatable full house. The 3♣ hit the river to see Curtis depart in 4th place for a collect of $21,545.


Jon Curtis eliminated in 4th place

7:00pm: Marenko flush with chips

Anthony Aston and Anthony Marenko didn’t waste any time following the break before they went to war. The flop was 4♠8♠8♦ and after a series of raises, Marenko called it off with K♠5♠ for a flush draw as Aston showed 6♣6♥ for two pair.

Marenko binked his flush on the 3♠ and the Q♠ river was a little cream on top. Marenko doubles to 1.8 million with Aston now down to just 400,000, or ten big blinds.

6:50pm: Play resumes

The four remaining players are back on the felt following the break with the ANZPT title almost within reach. All players have a few chips now, so it really is anyone’s game!


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