Dinesh Alt won the Sydney Main Event of the Pokerstars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour at Sky City Casino this weekend.
Alt ended the amazing run of Dejan Divkovic, who was looking to claim back to back ANZPT titles, and took home the first place prize of $226,320.
It looked as though Divkovic was going to win his second ANZPT trophy when he took the lead at the start of the heads-up battle but his chip stack was crippled when he went all-in with a set of sixes only to be called by Alt who had a jack-high straight.
Alt travelled all the way from Switzerland for the event and was delighted to have claimed victory after an extremely long final table.
“I am feeling very good, I’ve never had this feeling before because I’ve never won much money before and this is my first big event,” Alt said.
Alt won a qualifier at Pokerstars and has managed to turn his initial outlay of $40 into $226,320 and an ANZPT Trophy.
“I just can’t believe it, it is very cool,” Alt said.
The final table was stacked with poker talent with ANZPT Perth winner Divkovic and Australian poker legend Gary Benson both taking big stacks into the final day of the event while Alt had one of the smallest stacks at the table.
“I had a lot of luck as I was a small stack and won two all-ins,” the Switzerland native said.
“I had some good hands and I just tried to play my best.”
The result was Alt’s first cash in a live poker tournament as before yesterday he could even be found on the Hendon Poker database.
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Vladimir Bozinovic won the World Poker Tour Baden €3,300 Main Event on Sunday, denying Marvin Rettenmaier his third World Poker Tour title.
Rettenmaier entered the final table of the event looking to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to achieve three career victories on the World Poker Tour but fell short when he was eliminated in fifth place by Kimmo Kurko.
Bozinovic took advantage of Rettenmaier’s early departure to dominate the concluding stages of the final table and take home the first place prize of $271,258, including a $25,500 entry to the WPT World Championship.
The young Serbian has been a grinder on the Belgrade poker scene for a number of years and this result was easily the biggest cash of his career.
Rettenmaier has moved into second in the race for World Poker Tour Player of the Year and is now only 700 points behind leader Matt Salsberg.
On the other side of the world Bosnian Dejan Divkovic claimed the 2013 ANZPT Perth Main Event Title and the first place prize of $114,000.
For the first time in ANZPT history two nationalities from outside Australia and New Zealand were represented in the heads-up battle with Divkovic facing Japanese pro Iori Yogo.
Yogo took a narrow lead early in the heads-up battle but Divkovic all but wrapped up the tournament when he won a massive hand holding a set of threes.
Divkovic clinched the tournament just a few hands later to become the first Bosnian to win an ANZPT Title.
Divkovic was delighted with the result and said that it was his first ever live tournament victory and the biggest cash win of his career.
The tournament action is continuing in the United States with the opening day of the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic just completed.
There are 375 players left in the event with 2005 World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem currently sitting in fifth position.
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