ANZPT Melbourne: Levy left four-lorn by counterfeit ace

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander

The Team Australia challenge is down to one after the elimination of 2007 APPT Grand Final winner Grant Levy from the ANZPT Melbourne field. Levy's 4♠ 4♥ was counterfeited when Tino Lechich's A♠ J♠ played on a board of Q♦ 5♦ 9♣ Q♥ 9♠ to send the popular Sydneysider to the rail.


Grant Levy's elimination leaves Tony Hachem to wave the Team Australia flag

We've also lost ANZPT Adelaide champion Karl Krautschneider after he committed his remaining chips with 3♥ 3♣, only to find Brent Thomas waiting with 7♥ 7♣. The board ran out 2♣ 8♣ 9♥ 4♦ K♥ to leave Thomas above 140,000 in chips and Krautschneider with a free afternoon.

Meanwhile on table 29 fellow Aussie Johnny Huynh found his money in the middle against Kristian Lunardi. It was the ultimate showdown of the two big stacks, both with premium hands.

Huynh turned over pocket kings, only to cringe as Lunardi as he rolled up A♠ A♣. The board bricked out and after the stacks were cut down, Huynh was sent home, leaving Lunardi to rake in 270,000 in chips, good enough for the chip lead.

Another man on the move is Sydney's Chris Levick. Fresh from his 13th-place in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event, Levick used A♥ A♦ against the [10h] [10d] on a board of 2♠ 2♦ 4♠ K♣ K♥ to end the tournament of Raj Ramakrishnan.

Other departures in the first two levels today have been Jim Sachinidis, Jimmy Siu, Darko Balaban, Julius Colman, Sam Higgs, Ray Sukkar, Dennis Huntly, Joel Dodds and Michael Pinzone.