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ANZPT -- Rennie Carnevale Wins Adelaide Main Event

Carnevale Defeats 235 Opponents to Win $165,900

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Rennie CarnevaleThe PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour $3,000 no-limit hold’em main event drew a record field of 236 players from 13 countries. The total prize pool was $644,280 with $165,900 going to the champion who was crowned on Sunday, Feb. 14. There were 122 players that survived to day 2 from the initial 236, and on day 3, 37 players returned to play down to the final table of nine. That process took just over seven hours, which set the stage for the final day.

Rennie Carnevale came into the final table in third chip-position (636,000). He was in good shape in chips but he had a tall order ahead of him with professional Tony Hachem (631,000) pitted against him. Another professional, Eris Assadourian, had just missed the final table when he busted out in 10th place ($10,310) during competition on day 3. Hachem, the ANZPT season 1 Player of the Year, would eventually fall in seventh place ($25,770), ensuring that an amateur champion would be crowned down under.

The chip leader when cards got into the air amongst the final nine was Andrew Scarf (831,000), who had won a satellite tournament at the Star City Casino to receive his seat in the main event. In the end it was Scarf who faced off against Carnevale in the heads-up final. Their chip counts were very close to even when heads-up play began, with Carnevale holding 2,317,000 to the 2,308,000 of Scarf. Carnevale eventually prevailed and he was crowned as the first champion for season two on the PokerStars ANZPT. Carnevale was awarded the top prize worth $165,900 and Scarf was awarded $105,980 as the runner up.

The next PokerStars ANZPT tour stop will take place in Perth, Australia Mar. 17-21.

Final Results:

1: Rennie Carnevale — $165,900
2: Andrew Scarf — $105,980
3: Octavian Voegele — $59,600
4: Michael Sellers — $46,710
5: Daniel Neilson — $38,655
6: Bill Argryos — $32,215
7: Tony Hachem — $25,770
8: Aleksander Brkovic — $20,620
9: Todd Butcher — $15,465