ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 15 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400)
2.30pm: Down, but not out
Peter Aristidou's topsy-turvy start to day three has taken another twist after PokerStars Qualifier Joey Masangcay doubled through the prolific Melbourne pro. It was the black kings of Masangcay against Aristidou's A♦ kd] but the board brought no joy for the man who placed 33rd in the recent Aussie Millions Main Event. Tino Lechich then halved Aristidou again when his K-Q paired the flop against Aristidou's pocket fours. Down to 43,000, Pete's due for a lucky break!
2.15pm: Butchers reunited
For the first time in the tournament, Ben and Todd Butcher are seated on the same table as they continue their battle to become the first set of twins to ever final table in Australia ... that's Todd's in the foreground (pictured below), we think.
It's the mid-point of level 15 with the quick-fire KOs of George Moussa and Ben Savage break a run of 75 minutes with an elimination. Moussa was almost down to the felt when he shoved with 9♦ 2♦ only to find Daniel Neilson waiting with A♣ J♣. The board of [10d] 5♣ 6♦ 6♥ [10c] didn't connect with either player and Moussa was out in 32nd.
Likewise, Savage had to make a move and picked K-5 for his last stand, but PokerStars Player Rennie Carnivale showed pocket kings, which duly delivered the chocolates.
2pm: Stars take a slip
The remaining Team PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros have both doubled-up short-stacked opponents. Derek Cheung picked his mark to perfection when he shoved with K♥ K♠ against the [10c] [10h] of Tony Hachem, and they watched the board flow J♦ 9♦ 2♣ 5♥ 9♣, giving the Hong Kong player the pot. Then Eric Assadourian's pocket 10s started and stayed behind the pocket jacks of Michale Vanderhorst.
Pankaj 'Paul' Gogia is also on the slide after losing successive pots to Thanh Do and Andrew Hinrichsen. Do found an ace on the turn to improve his A-K against Gogia's pocket three, then Hinrichsen shoved all-in on a flop of 3♣ K♣ 5♥ before Gogia mucked his hand.
1.45pm: Back to first gear
After losing four players in the first 15 minutes, more than one hour has passed without an elimination early on day three of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. Raemin Alexander remains the chip leader on 380,000 with Chris Evans (295,000), Octavian Voegele (245,000), Tom Grigg (240,000) and Andrew Hinrichsen (232,000) filling out the top five on the chip count.