ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2, level 11 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)
4.40pm: An Austrian among the Aussies
Australia's Michael Sellars has eliminated 2009 APPT Grand Final champion Aaron Benton as the field shrinks to 58 players in the lead-up to the second break of the day. Benton moved his last 23,500 into the middle with A♣ [10c], but was called down by Sellars who tabled A♥ K♣. Both players hit on the flop of K♦ [10s] 5♦, but Sellars held all the way as the turn and river came running 2♥ 2♦ to send azzabentonaces to the rail. He's up to 160,000.
Australian PokerStars Qualifier Victoria Martinez has also been eliminated, but Austria's Octavian Voegel continues his charge - he's up to 180,000 after taking out an opponent who was swearing like a sailor as he walked out of the Poker Zone, as Voegel's J♥ [10h] cracked his A♥ A♦ on a board that was spread 4♣ 9♣ J♠ 7♥ [10d].
4.15pm: Gael blows out
Chevalier Gael hails from the Pacific island of Noumea, the capital of the French colony of New Caledonia. The 32-year-old currency trader is no stranger to the land of Oz, having travelled here many times, but this is the first time he has played in a major tournament.
"I saw poker on TV six years ago and I decided that I really wanted to play. I only qualified for this event two nights before but I am having a very nice time here in Adelaide," he said. He's enjoying the experience of his first ANZPT event: "The play is very tight, so I'm able to play my own game and there are not many foolish players making silly moves."
Sadly, his tournament is over - Gael was all-in for the last of his short stack with K♥ Q♥ but ran into Andrew Hinrichsen's A♦ J♦. Though Gael made two pair on the flop of K♦ 4♦ 4♠, Hinrichsen caught the nut flush draw, which he made after the turn and river ran out [10h] 6♦, handing Hinrichsen a stack of 112,000.
4pm: Butcher minces Scott's hopes
A full deck of 52 players have been eliminated in the first three hours of play on day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event, leaving 70 players in the running to take home the first prize of $165,900 and the opening ANZPT title for 2010.
The dream run is over for hometown hero and 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Stewart Scott, who was eliminated by Ben Butcher. The money went over the line pre-flop; Scott tabled A-K (off-suit) but Butcher was well out in front with A♦ A♣, which held after the board was spread 9♣ 9♥ 3♥ 2♣ 2♥. Butcher is now up to 128,000, but Austria's Octavian Voegel is emerging as another threat on the same table with 168,000.
However the man to catch is Australia's Pankaj Gogia who holds more than 230,000 after a massive double KO that included America's Tony Dunst. The money was all in before the flop with Gogia tabling A♥ A♦ against Dunst's Q♥ Q♣ and another opponent's J♠ J♦. The Q♦ appeared in the window, but the flop trailed 9♦ A♣, giving Gogia top set which held as the board completed with the 6♦ on the turn and the K♥ on the river.
• Compiled by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall