Australian David Allan has enjoyed his own version of an epic powder day to take down the NZ $3,000 buy-in NZPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event. He collected NZ $110,600 in prize money after a record field of 149 players sat down for the tournament.
Allan is well-known in online poker circles but this is his first live tournament title win. He commented after the victory, “I just feel very relieved, today felt like a long day for me. I usually don’t like the variance of live events so it is great to see one fall my way.”
Team Pokertars Pro Bryan Huang made his first ANZPT final table but came up short when his pocket sevens ran into the pocket kings of Jordan Westmorland. Huang was sent home in 7th place for NZ $19,100 in prize money.
In the end the only player to stand in Allan’s way was Ken Demlakian and the heads up battle lasted over two hours. The final hand came on a limped flop of 8♦ 3♠ 7♠ and both players checked to see the turn Q♣. Demlakian led out for 50,000 and Allan made the call before the river brought the K♠. Demlakian checked and then shoved for this tournament life over Allan’s 170,000 bet. Unfortunately for Demlakian his 7♥ 3♦ flopped two pair was outdrawn by Allan’s 10♠ 6♠ flush and the marathon duel was over.
NZPT Queenstown Snowfest Final Table Payouts
1. David Allan (Australia) – NZ $110,600
2. Ken Demlakian (Australia) – NZ $70,400
3. Jordan Westmorland (Thailand) – NZ $41,200
4. Rick Kroesen (Australia) – NZ $34,200
5. David Xin Zhao (Australia) – NZ $28,200
6. Matthew Wakeman (Australia) – NZ $23,100
7. Bryan Huang (Singapore) – NZ $19,100
8. Ivan Zalac (Australia) – NZ $15,100
9. David Evans (Australia) – NZ $12,070
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