ANZPT Melbourne: Levick sends Savage to the cage

Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (ante 2000): Chris Levick seems firmly saddled on a horse called destiny after taking his stack back above one million thanks to two pivotal hands at the ANZPT Melbourne final table.

Shortly after the first break of the day, Levick found himself in a big hand with Sam Khouiss. With the board showing A♦ 8♣ 9♦ 5♥, Levick bet 150k from the small blind, Khouiss tanked and eventually folded. Levick showed pocket nines for a set. "Only a set of nines? Nice hand, I only had an ace," Sammy quipped.

A few minutes later, Ben Savage bet 60k on a flop of 2♥ 4♥ [10s], Levick raised to 500k and Savage called to be all-in. He showed A♦ [10d] for top pair, but Levick's pocket jacks were ahead, where they stayed as the board ran out 8♦ 6♠, sending the 2006 Victorian Champs runner-up to the cashier's cage to collect AUD $16,350.


Ben Savage enjoyed another deep run in a major Crown event, finishing eighth

On the next hand, the revival of Kristian Lunardi continued when his shove with pocket eights was met with interest from Peter Aristidou (pocket fours). The snowmen held up, and Lunardi is back to 375,000, with Aristidou down to 395,000.

As we tick into the final stages of level 21, Levick leads on 1.5 million from Gao (725,000), Chick (455,000), Shillig (435,000), Lunardi (410,000), Khouiss (400,000) and Aristidou (335,000).