ANZPT Melbourne: Shillig survives roller coaster ride

Level 22: 12,000/24,000 (ante 3000): Like a heavyweight title fight, there have been plenty of body shots and just one KO blow during the final level before the dinner break on the final table of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne at Crown.

Heath Chick made a significant move when he won a big pot from Greg Shillig. Chick raised to 46k, with Shillig making the call in the big blind before a flop of 6♣ J♠ 8♦.

Both checked, the turn came 9♣, Shillig bet 75K and Chick made the call. The river was Q♠, Shillig check-called Chick's bet of 80k, but mucks when the man from Hobart turned over A♠ Q♥.

Shillig then made a contribution to Jie Gao's stack after the Melburnian shoved all-in on a flop of 9♦ K♦ 7♣. The Queenslander went deep into the tank as Gao nervously paced the floor, before eventually folding.

Then as the hunger pangs started to set in, the gritty comeback of Kristian Lunardi ended when he pushed all-in pre-flop for 200k with 7♥ 7♣, with Shillig calling with A♦ K♣.

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We have a feeling we'll be seeing much more of young gun Kristian Lunardi after his seventh-place finish here

The board ran out 2♥ 9♠ A♥ 9♥ 3♣, making a better two-pair for Shillig to reverse the downward trend of his stack and eliminating the local youngster in seventh position for AUD $21,800.

As players consider their evening meal option ahead of what promises to be a long night, Chris Levick leads on 1.2 million from Shillig (790,000), Gao (760,000), Chick (750,000), Aristidou (370,000) and the short-stacked Sam Khouiss (120,000).