Errolyn Strang wins PokerMedia Australia $1k Special!!
Errolyn Strang has been crowned the latest PokerMedia Australia $1k Special champion, outlasting a top quality field of 91 players to take down the $27,300 first prize.
This is Strang’s second tournament win here at The Star following her stunning success in the 2011 Sydney Championships main event and all of the hard work that she has put into her game in the time since paid off tonight as she rode the final table wave before eventually downing young gun Didier Guerin in a short but sweet heads-up battle.
While it didn’t take long for both players to get their chips into the middle, the final table itself was an exhausting affair – lasting a touch over seven hours including a three hour run between Victor Teng bowing out in 6th and Thang Truong exiting in 4th.
In that time we saw every one of our final five players spend some time at the top of the chip counts before Truong’s departure saw the final order start to take shape.
Soon after, Strang got it all-in against third-place finisher Wei Bing Low with an open-ender and an over-card, her K-7 getting there on the river against Low’s 9s on a 5-6-8-J-4 board to cut the field to two, then winning a classic race to steal the title from Guerin at the death.
Strang has come a long way since Sydney Championships win. Coached by Brendon Rubie, she has enjoyed a stellar few years that also included a second-place finish at last year’s NPL500.
The latest running of the PokerMedia Australia $1k Special saw 91 players take their seats including the likes of Grant Levy, Aaron Benton, Michael Kanaan, Jackie Glazier and Dale Marsland but at the end of their day there can be only one winner.
Congratulations to Errolyn Strang on her latest magnificent achievement!
11.00pm: Didier Guerin eliminated in 2nd ($18,200)
Didier Guerin came so close to glory but in the end it was a flip for the trophy that saw him bow out in second. With both players feeling the pressure of the rapidly rising blinds, Guerin shoved over the top of Strang’s button open for 500,000 holding K-J and was called by Strang with 10s.
The board ran out 6-Q-3-3-2 and Strang emerges victorious!
11.00pm: Heads-up is underway
As heads-up play gets underway following a short break, Errolyn Strang sits with about 900,000 and Didier Guerin 500,000.
10.40pm: Wei Bing Low eliminated in 3rd ($13,195)
Wei Bing Low has just been eliminated after losing a huge post-flop flip that left him clinging to life.
In the biggest pot of the tournament so far, Strang check-raised Low’s 45,000 c-bet to 120,000 on a flop of 5-6-8, then called his shove after a brief pause – flipping over K-7 to be racing against Low’s 9s.The turn was an innocent J but the river 4 gave her the straight and left Low cripped with just 60,000 in chips.
Two hands later he was eliminated after shoving his final three big blinds with 9-6 and finding no help against Strang’s K-J.
We are now heads-up!
Errolyn Strang – 1,100,000
Wei Bing Low – Busted
10.20pm: Thang Truong eliminated in 4th ($8,645)
After almost two hours of play we have finally lost another player with a short-stacked Thang Truong forced to shove with J-9 and running into the suited A-K of Errolyn Strang.
The board ran out A-10-8-4-K and Truong’s long and gallant battle comes to an end.
Errolyn Strang – 400,000
Thang Truong – Busted
10.10pm: Blinds keep rising
The blinds have just hit 10,000/20,000 with a 2000 ante which, incredibly, means they have no doubled since we last lost a player! Still four remaining and lots of folding going on.
9.50pm: Stooping so Low
Wei Bing Low just pulled the trigger on a huge semi-bluff with Didier Guerin making an agonised fold. In a blind v blind battle, Low opened to 32,000 with Guerin flatting in the big blind.
The Qc-6d-3h flop saw Low check-raise Guerin’s 25,000 bet to 78,000 with Guerin making the call. The turn was the 8d and Low announced he was all-in. Guerin went deep into the tank before folding with Low showing 3d-5d for a huge semi-bluff. He moves back up to 550,000 after that hand and is our chip leader.
9.10pm: The counts
Play has really slowed down over the past few hours with no one willing to get it in light. The current chip stacks are as follows.
Wei Bing Low – 420,000
Errolyn Strang – 400,000
Didier Guerin – 290,000
Thang Truong – 200,000
8.40pm: Blinds are up
With four players remaining, the blinds have gone up to 6,000/12,000 with a 1000 ante
8.30pm: Con Angelakis eliminated in 5th ($6,370)
Wei Bing Low had just enjoyed a triple-up after picking up Aces and he quickly finished off the night of Con Angelakis on the very next hand. Low opened to 23,000 on the button with Angelakis making the call. The flop came 9-9-8 with both players checking through. When a Q came on the turn, Angelakis check-shoved but didn’t like what he saw when Low snap-called.
Angelakis needed help with his Q-J well behind the A-9 of his opponent and when the river blanked he was off to the cage to collect his winnings.
Wei Bing Low – 400,000
Con Angelakis – Busted
8.10pm: Guerin surges
Didier Guerin has just scored a crucial double to roar back into the race and bring Thang Truong back to the field. The hand started with Truong raising to 22,000 and Guerin making the call on the button.
The flop came K-8-10 and Truong bet 30,000. Guerin called. The turn was a 9 and this time Truong bet 45,000. Guerin shoved for 160,000 and Truong made the call.
Guerin showed 10-9 to be ahead of Truong’s K-J but needed to dodge plenty of bullets to stay alive. The 4 was exactly what he wanted to see and we have a contest once more!
Didier Guerin – 420,000
Thang Truong – 360,000
8.00pm: Strang doubles
Errolyn Strang has just doubled courtesy of Wei Bing Low. Strang was in the small blind and shipped with A-7, Wei tank-calling with K-10.
The flop 9d-6d-2d flop gave Low a truckload of outs with his Kd, but he couldn’t bink any of them as the turn came Ah and the river 2c with Strang back in business with 290,000.
Low is back down to 110,000.
7.50pm: Blind rise
Blinds are up to 5,000/10,000 with a 500 ante.
7.35pm: Truong cracks half a million
The relentless aggression of Thang Truong continues with Con Angelakis the latest forced to fold his hand.
It began with Angelakis opening the button to 17,000 and both Truong and Errolyn Strang calling.
The flop came Q-9-7 and Truong donked for 26,000. Strang folded but Angelakis re-raised to 51,000.
When an Ace hit the turn, Truong led for 100,000, essentially putting Angelakis to a decision for his tournament life. He folded and is down to 170,000.
7.25pm: Truong puts the pedal to the metal
Thang Truong isn’t a huge fan of letting his opponents take down pots easily and he has just forced Wei Bing Low into a tough fold. The action began with Truong opening the button to 17,000 with Errolyn Strang calling from the small blind.
Low then bumped it up to 58,000 from the big blind with Truong making the call. The flop came 8-9-J all hearts and Low bet 48,000 but was forced into a painful fold as Truong announced he was all-in. Truong moves to 420,000 with that hand and is looking strong.
7.15pm: It all evens out in the end
There isn’t a lot between our five remaining players with Con Angelakis our current chip leader with 310,000.
Con Angelakis – 310,000
Thang Truong – 300,000
Didier Guerin – 260,000
Wei Bing Low – 260,000
Errolyn Strang – 240,000
6.55pm: Victor Teng eliminated in 6th ($4,777)
Victor Teng has endured a torrid run at the hands of Thang Truong and fittingly it was Truong that finished the job as the two clashed one final time.
The hand started with Teng opening to 12,000 and Con Angelakis calling before Truong raised it up to 30,000.
Teng didn’t hesitate to ship in his remaining 102,000, Truong thinking long and hard before calling.
It was Teng’s 10s dominated by Truong’s J-J and when the board ran out A-5-7-5-J he became our sixth-place finisher.
Thang Truong – 390,000
Victor Teng – Busted
6.45pm: Victor Teng eliminated in 6th ($4,095)
Didier Guerin raised to 12,000 in the cut-off and James Tai shoved over the top for his last 70,000. Guerin called and was in great shape to win back some chips and eliminate an opponent with his A-K dominating Tai’s K-6.
The board ran out A-10-8-Q-10 and Tai heads to the rail with a touch over $4,000 for his efforts.
Didier Guerin – 260,000
James Tai – Busted
6.40pm: Low takes a big one from Guerin
Wei Bing Low has just won a massive pot at the expense of Didier Guerin thanks to a disastrous river card for the start of day chip leader.
On a board reading 10-10-8-5-9 and with 55,000 already in the middle, Guerin bet 49,000 and was met with a shove by Low for an extra 85,800.
Guerin went into the tank before eventually calling but mucked and hung his head as Low flipped over pocket 9s for the rivered boat.
Guerin has slipped right back to 180,000 with that hand while Low is suddenly our new chip leader.
Wei Bing Low – 300,000
Didier Guerin – 180,000
6.30pm: Back in black
Players are returning to their seats after dinner to quite a hefty blinds jump with the blinds moving from 2,000/4,000 to 3,000/6,000. We’re expecting the action to heat up pretty soon!
Players are currently on a 30-minute dinner break. We’ll be back shortly to play down to our winner!
6.00pm: Pep-talk for Teng
Victor Teng has been having a tough time of it recently with Thang Truong forcing him off a number of hands and we just noticed Nabil Edggton giving him a pep-talk away from the table with Teng clearly frustrated by his progress. He sits on 105,000.
5.40pm: Benjamin Benoit eliminated in 8th ($3,413)
A short-stacked Benjamin Benoit shipped it in with A-10 and was called by Con Angelakis holding A-Q. The board ran out 6-Q-2-10-9 and Benoit’s deep run comes to an end.
Con Angelakis – 235,000
Benjamin Benoit – Busted
5.40pm: Updated chip counts
Didier Guerin – 310,000
Errolyn Strang – 290,000
Con Angelakis – 200,000
Victor Teng – 150,000
Thang Truong – 140,000
Wei Bing Low – 130,000
James Tai – 50,000
Benjamin Benoit – 30,000
5.30pm: Blinds are up
Blinds are up to 2,000/4,000 with a 400 ante
5.25pm: Truong rising
Thang Truong hasn’t been scared to get involved and he just pulled in a handy little pot after applying the pressure to Victor Teng.
The action began with Teng opening to 6,000 in the cut-off and finding calls from both Didier Guerin on the button and Truong in the big blind. The flop came 2d-7c-10d with Truong check-calling a bet of 8,200 from Teng as Guerin got out of the way. The turn was the 9s and this time Truong led out for 10,600. Teng called.
The river was the 7d and Truong bet 35,000. Teng tanked for some time before folding.
Thang Truong – 160,000
Victor Teng – 140,000
4.35pm: Milan Gurung eliminated in 9th ($2,730)
Just moments after we lost our first player, Milan Gurung was all-in for his tournament life. Con Angelakis again opened the action before Errolyn Strang 3-bet from the cut-off. Gurung then 4-bet shoved but found himself in deep trouble holding J-J against Strang’s Queens.
The board ran out 6-7-A-Q-J and we’re down to eight players.
4.30pm: Clement Lau eliminated in 10th ($2,275)
Clement Lau came into today with the table short stack so it was inevitable that his chips would end up in the middle sooner rather than later. That opportunity came after Con Angelakis opened in late position and Lau looked down at A-7.
Angelakis held Q-10 and we were off to the races as the flop came down J-9-2 – giving Angelakis a tonne of outs. One of those was the turned 8, leaving Lau drawing dead as the meaningless 2 came on the river.
4.25pm: Teng takes one down
The first meaningful pot of the final table has bene played out between Victor Teng and Errolyn Strang with Teng emerging on top. It began with a raise to 5,000 from Teng with Starng calling out of the blinds.
The flop came 7-8-9 with two spades and Strang check-called a bet of 6,100. The turn was the 8c and Strang again check-called a bet of 11,600.
The river was the Qc and when Teng bet 26,100 Strang went into the tank briefly before finally mucking her hand.
Victor Teng – 200,000
Errolyn Strang – 190,000
4.10pm: Wound back
The clock has been wound back a fraction for the start of today’s play with blinds starting at 1,200/2,400 with a 30 ante. The average stack is 136,500.
4:00pm: Final table underway
Welcome back to The Star and our coverage of the final table of the PokerMedia Australia $1k Special at this year’s ANZPT Sydney.
A total of 91 players took their seats here in the main poker room yesterday with dreams of heading home with the trophy but by the end of the day’s play just nine remained – headed by rising star Didier Guerin with a commanding stack of 321,600.
With play finishing around 11.30pm last night, the remaining players have had plenty of time to rest up and ready themselves for battle and it will be interesting to see how the action develops over the coming hours with the likes of James Tai, Milan Gurung, Thang Truong, Victor Teng and Errolyn Strang all still in the hunt.
Stay tuned as we bring you the wire to wire action on our way to crowning our latest PMA $1k Special champion!