ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

7pm: Eric's back on top

Heading into the final break on day 1B of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event, Eric Assadourian has regained the chip lead and takes a stack of 85,000 into the final hour. Narrowly trailling the Team Australia Pro are Mike Watson (67,500), George Boulos (66,700) and Sydneysider Tom Grigg (61,500), who burst on to the scene with fifth in the 2009 APPT Grand Final after winning the $1500 Semi-Shootout Bounty event on the preliminary schedule in Sydney.


Tom Grigg has brought the good form he showed in Sydney last December to Adelaide

6.30pm: Rich's mirror image

While the action continues at a steady pace as the business end of the day approaches, there has been no shortage of amusing happenings around the Adelaide Casino Poker Zone. A number of big name Aussie players have flown in this afternoon to prepare for tomorrow's Day 1C flight, including Julius Colman and Bruno Portaro who, in the spirit of Doppelganger Week, was happy to pose for a pic with Adelaide Casino tournament director Rich Mifsud.


Poker lookalikes Bruno Portaro (right), who final tabled here last year, and Adelaide Casino's Rich Mifsud

The glare of Sam Chaptini's card protector was also hard to ignore - he said this serious slice of bling was a present from his wife. "It's a good luck charm from Lebanon," Chaptini said. At first glance it looks like an accessorised casino chip , but when the outer rim is unhooked from the centre part and rested on the edge of the table, it turns into an instant coathanger!

6pm: Benton bent out of shape

2009 APPT Grand Final champion Aaron Benton was left steaming and holding only 24,000 in chips after a major controversy unfolded on his table. We heard Benton's furious cries of, "I would have had the nut straight!" after he turned over 6♣ 4♣ on a board that read 3♣ 2♣-J-Q-X and the pot being awarded to George Flourentzou who had tabled Q-10.

Through all the confusion, it became apparent that Flourentzou had originally bet out of turn on the flop. Benton had called, but before the opponent in late position had a chance to act, the dealer quickly burned and turned a five. When the mistake was picked up, the dealer called for a ruling and the five was taken back and replaced with the queen.


George Flourentzou wasn't overly concerned to sit out a few hands as he holds one of the bigger stacks in the room

The hand played out, but Benton was livid at both the mistake made by the dealer and Flourentzou. As a result, Flourentzou was issued with a three-hand penalty for acting out of turn. It hasn't affected the father of Pana Flourentzou, as he's sitting on a stack of 64,000.

• Compiled by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall