ANZPT Melbourne: Tassie Devil soothes the Savage
Level 20: 8000/16,000 (ante 2000): One Tasmanian may have tumbled, but the other Apple Islander is ensuring he has a big say in the outcome of today's PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne final table.
In the biggest hand of the day so far, Heath Chick raised to 28k in middle position, Ben Savage re-raised to 80k, Chick three-bet another 98k on top, Savage threw a whole heap of chocolate-coloured chips into the middle and Chick snap-shoved the rest of the stack.
Savage showed [10h] [10c], while Chick held K♦ K♣. The flop came A♦ A♥ 9♣ 5♣ 9♠, which propelled Chick to 780k while Savage is down to 465k.
Kristian Lunardi's stack has also headed south after he found himself in a world of pre-flop action with Peter Aristidou. Lunardi showed A♣ K♦ but Aristidou showed A♠ A♥. The board of 7♠ J♣ 7♦ 2♠ 3♠ brought no love for Lunardi as he tumbled to 65k while Aristidou climbed to 700,000.
Some of those chips now reside in the stack of Sam Khouiss. He limped from middle position, Jie Gao made it 40,000 with Aristidou and Khouiss making the call.
Aristidou bet 80,000 on the turn of [10s] after the flop of 5♣ 8♦ 3♣ had been checked by the three players. Khouiss called, Gao mucked and both players checked the 2♣ river.
Aristidou showed 5♥ 6♥ for middle pair but Khouiss' Q♦ [10d] was good enough to take down a nice pot.
On the first break of the day, the approximate chip counts are Chris Levick 880,000, Jie Gao 865,000, Heath Chick 585,000, Sam Khouiss 530,000, Peter Aristidou 500,000, Greg Shillig 360,000 and Kristian Lunardi 170,000.