ANZPT Sydney Teams Event champions Alex Antonios and Nabil Edgtton
It’s normally the Main Event that attracts all the attention but all eyes were on the ANZPT Sydney NLHE Teams Event last night with a star-studded line-up of sporting stars joining the packed field of poker pros at The Star.
The line-up of 65 teams featured Wests Tigers duo Robbie Farah and his injured teammate Simon Dwyer, Waratahs pair Drew Mitchell partnered Adam Ashley-Cooper, Cronulla’s Bryce Gibbs and Wests Tigers lock Liam Fulton, and Waratahs prop Benn Robinson who partnered recently retired Wallabies champion Phil Waugh.
Over dinner at The Star’s Fat Noodle, Farah was quick to remind the sporting contingent of his deep run in last December’s Star Poker Summer Series Main Event, and bragging rights were again up for grabs this time around.
Winners of the last-longer bet among the group were Gibbs and Fulton, who grimly nursed a short stack to the final table and eventually bowed in 10th just two spots short of the money.
There were also two teams from New Caledonia at the final table, with Olivia Andrew and Valerie Defossez (fourth) edging out Fabrice Ho and Florent Mathey (fifth).
The battle for the title came down to the teams of Alex Antonios/Nabil Edgtton and Peter Aristidou/Toan Nguyen with the former team prevailing to collect the first prize of $8450. It also added a second Star Poker title for both players – Edgtton won the Six-handed event at the Summer Series in December while Antonios took out the Opening Event at last year’s ANZPT Sydney.
ANZPT Sydney Event 5: $440 No Limit Hold’em Teams Event results
1 Alex Antonios & Nabil Edgtton $8450
2 Peter Aristidou & Toan Nguyen $5460
3 Colin McComley & Dave Traynor $3900
4 Olivia Andre & Valerie Defossez $2600
5 Fabrice Ho & Florent Mathey $1950
6 Sidney Brandon & Robert Harris $1430
7 Robert Spano & Peter Dykes $1170
8 Jazz Mathers & Garan Sharpe $1040