Monday March 25,2013 : CONTROL, ALT BUT NO DELETE FOR AUSSIE POKER WINNER
Dinesh Alt takes down the ANZPT Sydney for A$226,320
The weekend saw Dinesh Alt best 459 other entrants on the third day of the Pokerstars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Sydney main event to claim the bragging rights and a A$226,320 pay day.
The field generated a worthwhile prize pool of A$ 920,000, with the prize allocation allowing for cashes of at least A$3,680 for 54 survivors.
By the time the final table was reached Bosnian player Dejan Divkovic, who was fresh off a win at the ANZPT Perth, looked like a winner in every way, holding a massive chiplead over Dinesh Alt, Dominik Nitsche, David Campion, Michael Fadersen, Donald Jones, Gary Benson, Rick Solomon and Dan Kelly.
He managed to survive through to the heads up, but by that time his last opponent, Dinesh Alt, had control with a 3 to 1 chip advantage as the final passage of play started. Alt's advantage was soon challenged as the game Bosnian fought back to take the chip lead, but then Alt staged a comeback to put the tense duo on an even footing.
The end came soon after a pot of 1.1 million chips with Alt boldly going all-in and Divkovic losing the call; he could not recover from the blow and a few hands later Alt claimed the game and the honours, leaving his plucky but unlucky opponent with the still impressive runner up prize of A$ 144,440.
Across the world, at the Aspers Casino in London, another top tournament came to a conclusion over the weekend when hedge fund manager and poker ace Dan Shak earned himself a cool $450,000 by winning the PartyPoker Premier League VI against some of the biggest names in the game.
Victorious after several days of poker in a number of heats against top players, Shak faced a final table that read like a who's who of international poker and was headed by chip leader Tobias Reinkemeier:
In the end, Esfandiari's exit at third for $150,000 left Shak, holding a 2 to 1 chip advantage, facing UK player Sam Trickett in the heads up, which nevertheless turned out to be a torrid and prolonged struggle between two equally talented professionals.
The lead changed several times before Shak was able to gain control and eliminate his opponent, sending him home with the $200,000 second placing prize.
Shak joins an illustrious list of former Premier League champions that includes Scott Seiver, David Benyamine, Juha Helppi, Andy Black and J.C. Tran.