ANZPT Queensland: Tom's tumble from grace complete

The riches to rags story of Tom Zhou is complete after the former chip leader's charge towards the ANZPT Queensland title ran off the rails early on day three at Jupiters.

After losing that massive pot to Scott Smith, Zhou's stack ricocheted up and down like the Giant Drop at Dreamworld until he committed his last 70,000 with K♦ J♠, with Tim Horan making the call and showing 8♥ 8♦. The flop was a scary A♠ 4♠ 7♠ for Horan, but the Q♣ and 9♣ didn't help Zhou who was out in 25th.


Cruisin' ... Scott Smith is up to 700,000 and a big chip lead

George Conomos became the first Queenslander to cash in an event on home soil when he was KOed in 27th. Playing in his first major event, Conomos, holding K♥ J♥, thought this top-pair was good on the flop of J♦ 5♣ 4♣ until Charlie Gang turned over his 4♥ 4d]. The board ran out 2♣ 3♦. A payday of almost $4700 was a good return on economos for Conomos.

Michael Soranson bowed out in 26th after his Q♣ Q♠ was outflipped by the A♠ K♦ of Zhicong Wu. In a battle of the PokerStars sponsored duo, Soranson led until the A♣ sailed down the river to give Wu top-pair and almost 300,000 in chips.

Adam Ralphe was happy to have his remaining chips invested with K♥ K♠ against the A♦ [10h] of Scott Kerr, but the PokerStars Qualifier took the lead on the {10s] 9♠ A♣ flop, and stayed ahead on the 7♦ turn and 2♦ river. Kerr was up to 235,000 and Ralphe was outski.

Linda Tyler, who qualified here at Jupiters for just AUD $100, just suffered a bad beat of sorts when she caught out Zhicong Wu on the bluff. She called his all-in with A♠ Q♠, with Wu in a world of hurt holding 6♦ 3♠.

The flop came 9♥ 4♣ Q♣ but the dealer forgot to burn a card, so back went the 9♥. The new board ran out 4♣ Q♣ 3♣ [10c] K♣, for a split. Bad for Tyler, but woo for Wu.

Our Swiss-French sage Serge Mazza was next to go when his A♦ J♣ found a willing caller in Tim Horan, who held 6♥ 6♦, after the flop of A♥ 6♠ 4♦. Horan's hot run continued as the board bricked 7♣ J♦, improving his stack to almost 480,000.


Joel Dodds prepares to scoop up the bulk of Stewart Scott's chips

Stewart Scott's tournament life looked precariously placed after Joel Dodds paired his ace on the river against the Gold Coast local's pocket queens to leave him with just 60,000. Dodds, eyeing a second ANZPT final table berth, has 360,000.

The end came not long after for Scott the last of his chips went in, and it was another former Aussie Millions winner in Lee Nelson who was the conqueror as his K♥ 3♠ made two-pair on the flop while Scott's Q♣ 5♦ didn't get a sniff. He was out in 22nd, but adds another impressive result to the CV of the 2009 Aussie Millions winner.