ANZPT Sydney: Lev gets a rev to start the day
With such an even spread of chips, it's hardly surprising that the progress has been slow and steady in the early going on the final day of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event.
Only two players were KOed in the first 30 minutes, with Phi L Luu first out when he first made a move with 7♦ 3♠ only to find the short-stacked Joseph Nati waiting with K♠ K♣, then committed the last of his chips with [4s 2c] which had little hope against the A♦ A♣ of Hugh Cohen.
Danny Joukhader was next to go when his pocket 10s led all the way to the river, only for Chris Kittos (A-Q) to make a pair of aces.
Big movers in the early going have been Chris "Lev" Levick (up to 420,000 from a starting stack of just 124,000) and Andy Meldrum, whose sheared a pile of chips from Lisa Walsh when his A-Q hit the flop against Walsh's sixes. The affable Meldrum is up to more than 600,000.
Joel Dodds delivered a mortal wound to Joey Lawrence when his nines held up against pocket sixes, then Billy Argyros celebrated his first scalp of the day when Lawrence's A-3 failed to connect against the nines of "The Croc", building his stack to more than 1,000,000.
Once again, it promises to be a massive day here at Star City, with a PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne satellite underway, a single table tournament underway to decide the first contestant on Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem's new poker reality show The Poker Star, and a $550 teams event scheduled to kick-off at 4pm.
Meanwhile in the Main Event, we're about to kick up to level 21, where the blinds will be 10,000/20,000 with an ante of 2000.