ANZPT Melbourne: Lunardi leads as final table looms

We're in the money at Crown where John Joannou has earned the unwanted title of bubble boy in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne event.

The last of his dwindling stack went in with A♦ 8♠, Jie Gao slammed over the top all-in with A♠ Q♠. Sam Khouiss thought before folding his A♥ K♥, which would have taken the lot on a board of 6♥ J♣ 3♦ [10s] 5♥.

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Jie Gao claimed the scalp of John Joannou to ensure a payout for the remaining 18 players

Earlier, PokerStars qualifier Daniel Laidlaw ran his K♠ Q♠ into the A♣ K♣ of Chris Levick, with the Sydneysider's hand holding up as the board showed J♣ 7♠ 4♦ 7♣ A♦.

David Zhao made it back-to-back ANZPT cashes when he was KOed in 18th. With the blinds at 4000/8000 with a 500 ante, Salvatore Fazzino raised in early position to 24,000.

Rodney Burles then made it 65,000 to go and Zhao moved all-in over the top from the big blind. Fazzino got out of the way as Burles made the call and revealed pocket jacks. Zhao silently stood and turned over his pocket nines. The flop came down Q♥ Q♣J♣ - the 6♥ appeared on the turn, signalling Zhao's move to the cage to collect AUD $5450.

Just as the players were leaving to stretch their legs, we lost another player in Lance Pattison as his pocket queens ran into Kristian Lunardi's pocket aces. The rockets held, sending Patison packing.

Lunardi has regained the chip lead on 680,000 ahead of Brent Thomas (600,000), Jie Gao (420,000), PokerStars qualifier Rodney Burles (400,000) and Sam Khouiss (320,000).

We're in the money at Crown where John Joannou has earned the unwanted title of bubble boy in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne event.

The last of his dwindling stack went in with [ad] [8s], Jie Gao slammed over the top all-in with [as] [qs]. Sam Khouiss thought before folding his [ah] [kh], which would have taken the lot on a board of [6h] [jc] [3d] [10s] [5h].

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Jie Gao claimed the scalp of John Joannou to ensure a payout for the remaining 18 players

Earlier, PokerStars qualifier Daniel Laidlaw ran his [ks] [qs] into the [ac] [kc] of Chris Levick, with the Sydneysider's hand holding up as the board showed [jc] [7s] [4d] [7c] [ad].

David Zhao made it back-to-back ANZPT cashes when he was KOed in 18th. With the blinds at 4000/8000 with a 500 ante, Salvatore Fazzino raised in early position to 24,000.

Rodney Burles then made it 65,000 to go and Zhao moved all-in over the top from the big blind. Fazzino got out of the way as Burles made the call and revealed pocket jacks. Zhao silently stood and turned over his pocket nines. The flop came down [qh] [qc][jc] - the [6h] appeared on the turn, signalling Zhao's move to the cage to collect AUD $5450.

Just as the players were leaving to stretch their legs, we lost another player in Lance Pattison as his pocket queens ran into Kristian Lunardi's pocket aces. The rockets held, sending Patison packing.

Lunardi has regained the chip lead on 680,000 ahead of Brent Thomas (600,000), Jie Gao (420,000), PokerStars qualifier Rodney Burles (400,000) and Sam Khouiss (320,000).