After a marathon day that started at 12.30pm on Sunday and finished 14 and-a-half hours later, Antonis ‘Toothpick Tony’ Kambouroglou triumphed in the PokerMedia Australia $1k Special as part of the 2012 Sydney Champs.
The day started with 86 players hitting the felt in The Star’s new poker room on the main gaming floor and in the end it was one of Star Poker’s best-known players who outlasted the field to claim the title and a $25,800 payday.
The elite field included Star Poker ambassadors Grant Levy and Aaron Benton, Daniel Neilson, Alec Smith, Michael ‘PokerLife’ Tran, Graeme Putt, Andrew Scarf, Brendon Rubie, Didier Guerin, Irish pro John O’Shea and defending Sydney Champs Main Event winner Errolyn Strang.
But that list of notables were nowhere to be sighted after the final table of nine had been decided, with Tooth Pick Tony leading Michael Seymour and last year’s Shane Warne SuperStack winner Steve Baker.
Seat 1: George Kambouroglou 78,000
Seat 2: Kristina Jeney 77,000
Seat 3: Michael Seymour 246,000
Seat 4: Jordan Westmorland 100,000
Seat 5: Tony Kambouroglou 290,000
Seat 6: Lawford Edwards 80,000
Seat 7: Steve Baker 197,000
Seat 8: Martin Faura 70,000
Seat 9: Ross Stevenson 42,000
Heads-up play between Kambouroglou and Jordan Westmorland started slowly but quickly turning into a war of aggression, the final hand came swiftly and nobody at the rail expected it to play out quite the way it did.
On a 4-4-5 flop, Kambouroglou bet 40,000 and was re-raised by Jordan Westmorland (fresh from his third-place finish in last week’s event in Queenstown) to 110,000. Kambouroglou then shoved for the rest of his 650,000 stack with Westmorland snap-calling.
The elder statesman was ahead with K-J but had to avoid a ton of outs with Westmorland’s 3-6 both giving him an open-ended straight draw and two live cards. However the board ran out 8-10 and Kambouroglou has claims another tournament trophy to go with the one he picked up in another $1k event at APPT Sydney in 2010.
2012 Sydney Champs Event 2: $1100 PokerMedia Australia No Limit Hold’em Special Event results
1 Antonis Kambouroglou $25,800
2 Jordan Westmorland $17,200
3 Michael Seymour $12,470
4 Lawford Edwards $8170
5 Steve Baker $6020
6 Martin Faura $4515
7 George Kambouroglou $3870
8 Nathan Sawyers $3225
9 Kristina Jeney $2580
10 Ross Stevenson $2150