It was a case of quality over quantity as a classy field of 42 players set out in pursuit of the Star Poker Summer Series $660 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha title, with Andy Lee climbing to the top of the pile to capture the second title on offer.
The field included Star Poker’s own Grant Levy, Daniel Neilson (fresh from his third place in the EPT San Remo Main Event), 2009 APPT Sydney seventh-place finisher Barry Forrester and the winner of this event last year Jimmy Siu, who bubbled the money in sixth place.
Well known Sydney poker identity Andrew Davis made it two cashes in two events, placing fifth for just over $2000 after finishing 11th in the Opening Event on the previous day.
Walter Holt departed in fourth after committing the last of his chips with K-K-Q-8 against the A-J-10-7 of Andy Lee, with an ace in the window enough for Lee to take the pot.
The pivotal hand of the final table came when Star Poker icon Antonis “Toothpick Tony” Kambouroglou shoved all-in on a flop of Ad-10c-5c with Ah-Jc-5h-2d. Andy Lee called and revealed Ac-Js-7c-2h. The 10d on the turn gave both players two-pair with a jack kicker but the 8c on the river made Lee’s nut flush and sent Kambouroglou packing.
Lee held a 3:1 chip lead over Russell Davies when the heads-up battle started and the chips were quickly in the middle after Davies shoved all-in blind before the flop of A-2-5. Lee insta-called and turned over 3-4-5-6 for the straight while Davies showed J-J-5-4. The board blanked and Lee was off to the cage to collect his first prize of just over $10,000. Davies collected $6804 for second.
Star Poker Summer Series Event 2: $660 Pot Limit Omaha (42 players; five players paid; total prizepool $25,200)
1 Andy Lee $10,080
2 Russell Davies $6804
3 Antonis Kambouroglou $3780
4 Walter Holt $2520
5 Andrew Davis $2016
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