ANZPT Queensland: Fraser felled in eighth
By Landon Blackhall
Level 20: It's strongplay all the way in the early going with Joel Dodds extending his lead at the head of the chip count in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland final table.
More and more people are joining the rail as the afternoon ticks by, from where they've watched Dodds boost his stack to more than two million while UK PokerStars Qualifier became the first elimination of the day, finishing eighth and taking home AUD $16,496.25.
Players have been here for five days, but that didn't stop a moment of confusion when New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Phillip Willcocks attempted to raise to 26,000 with the blinds at 8000/16,000 with a 2000 ante. Under Queensland gaming legislation, should a bet not constitute the size of a full raise (i.e. it should have been to 32,000 in this case), unlike other casinos, the bet is considered a call and the excess refunded.
Groans went up from all at the table, but the action continued with Shoshiro Karita and Danny Joukhadar limping in. The flop of 2♥ A♠ Q♦ saw Willcocks fire out a big bet quickly; the others got out of the way and the Kiwi raked in the chips.
The very next hand, Willcocks made a correct raise to 40,000 under the gun. The action folded around to Lee Fraser who called as the others got out of the way. On the flop of 6♠ 5♥ 6♣, Willcocks made it 46,000 to go and Fraser called.
The turn of Q♦ saw Willcocks check-call Fraser's bet of 60,000, then doing the same on the river 2♦ after Fraser's bet of 85,000. Though the possibility of a flush was out there, both players turned up black cards at the showdown - Fraser with K♣ J♣, Willcocks holding A♣ Q♠ for two pair. The pot was shipped to the Kiwi and he went up to 720,000, while Fraser's cheer squad could only sit quietly, watching their boy struggle on 150,000.
He was all-in moments later holding K♠ Q♠, with Joel strongplay Dodds snap-calling with A♠ Q♥. The flop came down 8♥ 8♠ J♥, improving neither hand, but the turn of 9♥ saw Fraser stand up, tapping the table and egging on a 10 to peel off on the river.
Not this time - a repeat 9♠ came up, sending the likeable larrikin from Manchester to the rail in eighth place to collect AUD $16,496.25. This also sent Dodds' stack soaring up to more than 2,000,000 in chips.
Early in level 21 (10,000/20,000 with an ante of 2000), Dodds holds two million, Willcocks 740,000, Smith 650,000, a resurgent Shoshiro Karita on 610,000, Kerr 360,000, Joukhadar 265,000 and Gibson 210,000.