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ANZPT -- Karl Krautschneider Wins Debut Poker Event

The Aussie Defeats Tony Dunst Heads-Up for a $170,215 AUD Payday

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Karl KrautschneiderThe very first stop on the new PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour was won by Melburnian Karl Krautschneider at the SKYCITY Casino in Adelaide, Australia, on Feb. 7. This was the inaugural stop for the PokerStars ANZPT, which will feature stops in both Australia and New Zealand during its first season. There is also a strong possibility that other stops will be added to the schedule during 2009. Here is a look at the full run of events slated for this new tour's first season:

Adelaide, Australia: $3,000 main event -- Feb. 4-7
Sydney, Australia: $2,200 main event -- April 30-May 3
Queenstown, New Zealand: $2,500 main event -- July 21-25

Krautschneider defeated poker professional Tony “Bond18” Dunst heads up to take home $170,215 AUD in prize money. Dunst took home $111,520 AUD in prize money. The tournament attracted a field of 215 players who created a prize pool worth $586,950.

At the start of their heads-up match, Krautschneider held 2,454,000 to the 1,824,000 that Dunst had in his chip stack. Dunst was mounting a comeback during the heads-up match, but Krautschneider made a straight on the river against Dunst’s two pair to take back the advantage. Dunst held two pair once again on the final hand when he called all in on the turn. This time, Krautschneider made a flush to win the tournament. Krautschneider had won his way into the tournament through a $33 PokerStars qualifier, and he turned it into a six-figure payday in the end.

Here are the final-table results:

1: Karl Krautschneider -- $170,215
2: Tony “Bond18” Dunst -- $111,520
3: Daniel Noja -- $64,565
4: Mike Stecker -- $52,825
5: Dean Nyberg -- $41,085
6: Julius Colman -- $29,345
7: Celina Lin -- $23,475
8: Bruno Portaro -- $17,610
9: James Broom -- $11,740

Notable Cashes: Elliot Smith (11th), Tony Hachem (15th), Mel Judah (16th), and James Obst (18th).

You can also read a little bit more about the creation of the ANZPT in a story that CardPlayer.com broke in January when the creation of the tour was announced by PokerStars.