Gordon Huntly Takes Down ANZPT Sydney TitleMonday, March 26th, 2012 by Ryan
The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour may not be the most well-known poker series out there today, but it is definitely one that draws in some very strong poker players and some solid prize pools as well. The most current tournament was the Sydney event, and this one drew in quite a few players as 461 total players registered for the event. The final day of play went on all the way into the early hours of Monday morning, and players were stuck to grind it out for 14 hours before a champion was finally determined. When all was said and done, it was a player from Scotland by the name of Gordon Huntly who got the job done and outlasted the field to take down the championship. For his efforts, he took down a nice chunk of the prize pool as well, which was officially set to be AUD$226,812 officially. Overall, the total prize pool for the event at the Star Casino came to AUD$922,000.
When the action was down to four players things began to get a bit interesting as they began talking about making a deal just at the end of the one of the breaks. The four players were attempting to split up the AUD$514,476 that was left in the prize pool, but since the talks began at the end of the break, tournament officials would not stop the clock in order for them to talk. Play went on with players attempting to talk about a deal during the action but it wasn’t until one player was sent home that a deal was created between the final three remaining players.
The three remaining players, Huntly, Anthony Aston, and Liam O’Rourke came together to make a deal that gave each player AUD$100,000 (according to reports), and left the rest of the money to be figured out when the play was down to heads up action. This is what happened as well, as Aston was sent home in 3rd place and Huntly and O’Rourke decided to take a total of AUD$160,000 out of the prize pool, and leaving the remaining AUD$31,780 to go to the winner, as well as the title of the champion of the event.
Heads up play action began with O’Rourke holding a small chip lead over Huntly, but Huntly came out strong and began to keep the pressure on his opponent throughout the entire match. When it finally came down to it O’Rourke had to push it all in with K-9 off suite, and Huntly made the call with pocket Jack’s. This put an end to an incredibly long day, and sent Huntly home with less than what he was officially going to be awarded, as he won AUD$191,780, which is still quite a nice pay day in the end.
The win for Huntly was his first ever live poker tournament major title win, and while he had a second place finish at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Manila Main Event back in 2010, this one is the one that has officially put him on the map. Before this big score, the APPT Manila Main Event was his only other six-figure pay day.