ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 20 (blinds 6000-12,000, ante 1000)
8.40pm: Assadourian out in 10th, final table decided
Just a tick into level 21, the final table for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event was decided with the elimination of PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian. He was all-in for 101,000 with K♥ J♠, but needed help against the A♣ J♥ of Aleks Brkovic. The board of 3♠ Q♣ J♣ 9♦ 6♠ flirted with Assadourian's hand but it wasn't enough. He takes home $10,310.
8.30pm: Just like that, Hachem's back
Credit the grit and determination of PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem, who is back in the hunt after hitting a rich run of cards at just the right time. It started with a queen-high straight against the set of nines of Billy "The Croc" Argyros, then again when he found pocket aces against the K-Q of Aleks Brkovic.
Staggered at the run of cards Hachem was hitting, Raemin Alexander through he'd be good with A♦ K♠ but couldn't believe his eyes as Hachem rolled over Q♥ Q♠. The board was dealt 8♦ 7♠ 6♦ 8♥ 3♠ and Alexander was crippled to 42,000, which was duly acquired by Octavian Voegele on the next hand when the Austrian flopped a full house with A-4. To rub salt into the wound, Alexander's 7-6 improved to a straight on the river. Ouch.
8.10pm: Gogia is gone
The respective tournament lives of Daniel Neilson and Pankaj 'Paul' Gogia were at stake when the chips - they were separated by just 3000 - went into the middle pre-flop. It was Neilson's A♣ Q♣ against the K♠ Q♥, and the board of 7♣ [10s] 2♣ 7♠ 5♥ brought no surprises. Gogia bowed out on the next hand when Andrew Scarf's A-K paired the turn against Q-8. The chip leader throughout much of day two, Gogia departs in 12th, good for $10,310.
7.45pm: Peter's pain
A devastated Peter Aristidou has just left the Poker Zone after his brave run in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event ended in 13th. The end came for Aristidou, who'd see-sawed up and down the chip count all day, when he shoved with A-10 on a flop of 5♠ [10s] 4♦, only to find Aleks Brkovic waiting with Q♣ Q♥. The turn 2♥ and river 4♠ were no help to Aristidou, who collects $9040 for 13th. Next time Pete.
7.30pm: Hachem hangin' tough
Tony Hachem may have cashed in five of the six ANZPT events held so far, but he's yet to reach an ANZPT final table and was desperate to end that run here in Adelaide. That streak now looks unlikely to continue after he lost a big pot to PokerStars Player Rennie Carnevale.
There was betting on every street except the turn on a board that ran out 4♦ A♥ 5♠ 4♣ Q♦, but Hachem's cards went into the muck once he saw Carnivale's A♦ J♣. The ANZPT Player of the Year is down to 70,000 (the average is almost 400,000), but a quick call to brother and PokerStars.net Team Pro Joe Hachem on the break has settled Tony's nerves.