ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)
8.30pm: Da Silva da winner ... eventually
Steve Topakas scored a crucial double-up to 22,000 within the last seven hands of the day after he won a flip with A♥ K♠ against an opponent's 8♦ 8♣ when the dealer spread the board of 6♣ A♣ 6♠ 7♠ J♣.
On the last hand on the day, the same player moved all-in with K♥ Q♦ pre-flop. Bruno Da Silva snap-called, revealing pocket aces but the dealer mucked De Silva's hand in a flash, thinking he had announced "fold".
The rest of the table were in uproar and called for a ruling from tournament director David Galpin. All the other players, including the all-in player, vouched for Da Silva, having clearly heard him declare "call" and had revealed the aces (which were one of each colour).
The tournament director ruled in favour of Da Silva and his hand was declared live, however due to Adelaide Casino procedure the cards stayed in the muck. The dealer was then ordered to run out the board, which was spread J♣ 3♥ 7♥ 5♦ J♦, which kept Da Silva ahead all the way and eliminated the opponent, moving Da Silva's stack to more than 85,000.
8pm: Jonathan Karama-like-this
There's no player in better form on the local poker scene than Adelaide's own Jonathan Karamalikis. Firmly entrenched among the upper echelon of Australia's online tournament players over the past years, he's rapidly building an equally impressive live record.
After finishing runner-up in the $1000 No Limit Hold'em event at the 2009 Aussie Millions, he went one better last month with victory in the $1500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty tournament for a payout of more than $120,000, along with his fifth-place in the $100,000 buy-in event.
After a slow start to the day, Karamalikis has charged to 75,000 in chips after eliminating PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Emad Tahtouh. After Tahtouh raised to 1500 from early position pre-flop and an opponent called before he re-raised to 3900.
Tahtouh was the only caller and he check-raised all in for the remainder of his stack on a flop of Q-6-4. Karamalikis snap-called, showing pocket aces and the turn and river bricked, sending the last PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro in today's field to the rail.
7.30pm: Tahtouh says thank you
The remaining PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros Tony Hachem and Eric Assadourian, together with The Poker Star winner Amanda De Cesare, have just popped in to check on the progress of play late on day 1A of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event.
They were here to see their short-stacked teammate Emad Tahtouh placed on Steve Topakas' black list after he crippled "The Big Show" down to 8000 in chips. The money was all in pre-flop; Tahtouh had tabled A♦ K♥ and found himself flipping for his tournament life against Topakas who showed J♦ J♣.
However the dealer spread the board of 4♣ 4♠ 3♣ Q♦ K♣, doubling Tahtouh up to 22,000. "Yes, I doubled through The Big Shoe!" Tahtouh exclaimed. "It's The Big SHOW," Topakas shot back sternly.
We're still awaiting final word play will be stretched an extra 30 minutes beyond the end of level seven, with 47 of the 73 starters still seated although there are plenty of short stacks in evidence.