ANZPT Sydney: Ring-a-ding, here comes Ling
The tension creeps up another notch with blinds up to 4000/8000 with an ante of 500, and we're just four players short of the money in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Main Event.
Surprisingly, the action is still running thick and fast with the short stacks forced to make a stand or suffer the consequences. It proved a successful tactic for Chris Levick as his A-Q connected against pocket jacks but not so for PokerStars qualifier Nick Muzha, who pushed A-K into the pocket jacks of Lisa Walsh, but missed the board.
Matt Burgione also received a timely double-up when his A-K hit a king on the flop against the pocket nines of Monica Nguyen, although it barely put a dent in her massive stack.
We also have a new chip leader: Peter Ling. Talk about staying under the radar - Ling, who finished fifth behind Alexander Kostritsyn in the 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event, and cashed in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, has just smashed through the 800,000-chip barrier.
And we've just received a special request from Jeremy Norton, a PokerStars qualifier from Brisbane. Message to wife Linda: "Hi, I'm doing fine and sitting on about 125,000 in chips." Stick the Moet on ice Linda!
But for Andrew Jeffreys, Tolly Sakellariou and Adam Kane, the dream of reaching the money has been dashed - desperately close to the line.
The chip count currently reads Peter Ling (800,000), Phi Luu (510,000), Van Tran (500,000), Billy Argyros (465,000) and Lisa Walsh (460,000).