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Australia New Zealand Poker Tour -- Peter Matusik Wins Gold Coast Main Event

Matusik took home the Top Prize of $145,100 on Australia’s East Coast


Peter MatusikThe Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Gold Coast $2,500 AUD no-limit hold’em main event has crowned a champion on Australia’s East Coast. That champion is Peter Matusik and he will take home the top prize worth $145,100 for topping a field of 245 players. Matusik is a resident of Raby Bay, Queensland and he kept the title on home turf with the victory.

Although Matusik headed into the final table with the biggest stack, Leo Boxell quickly established his image as table captain and assumed the chip lead when play became seven handed following the elimination of Norah Greer in the ninth place ($13,520) and 2010 ANZPT Queenstown champion Julian Cohen in eighth place ($18,030).

Savvas Zenonos would fall in seventh place for $22,540 and local Blain Robertson was eliminated in sixth for $28,170. New Zealander Paul Hockin unluckily finished in fifth place due to a cold deck at the hands of Boxell and his pocket fours. His flush draw came to fruition, but Boxell improved to a full house and Hockin took home $33,800.

Boxell held over 60 percent of the chips in play at one point of four-handed play and it looked like it was his tournament to lose. However, after doubling up Matusik twice in the span of a few hands, he’d relinquished the lead and Matusik rode it all the way to victory.

Boxell fell in fourth place, earning $40,850 and added another final table to a resume that already includes Australian and New Zealand national titles, and a Aussie Millions main event runner-up finish.

New Caledonia’s Kamel Bekhaled finally succumbed to third place ($52,120) after being card dead for most of the day, and the runner-up was Gold Coast local and crowd favorite Anthony Grange. He moved all in with A-3 on the final hand but was dominated by the A-J of Matusik. The board ran out 7-5-2-Q-J. Second place was good for $92,700 for Grange and the top prize worth $145,100 and tournament title went to Matusik.

Final-Table Results:

1st Peter Matusik (Australia) – $145,100
2nd Anthony Grange (Australia) – $92,700
3rd Kamel Bekhaled (New Caledonia) – $52,120
4th Leo Boxell (Australia) – $40,850
5th Paul Hockin (New Zealand) – $33,800
6th Blain Robertson (Australia) – $28,170
7th Savvas Zenonos (Australia) – $22,540
8th Julian Cohen (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) – $18,030
9th Norah Greer (Australia) – $13,520