ANZPT Canberra: Day 2, levels 12-14 updates

6.30pm: Table for 29

Ticking down to the end of the sixth level of the day and the dinner break, the ANZPT Canberra field has been reduced to 29 after the departure of Andrew Cabot (31st) and PokerStars Qualifier Leo Spanos in successive hands. ANZPT Queenstown champion Scott Kerr has also been testing his luck, and just split a pot with Ben Hyslop after both players showed A-J.

6pm: Hunger pains

Given the excellent structure of ANZPT events, we're not accustomed to dinner breaks but players have a rare opportunity to sample Canberra's eateries during a 60-minute breather at the end of this level. The proximity of the bubble has meant chips are mostly being shuffled around the four tables at the moment, with only the occasional shove from one o the short stacks. There's also been little change at the top of the chip count with Amanda Simpson, Michael Chon and Andrew Scarf still setting the pace.


The man with the crystals, Andrew Scarf, is well placed for another ANZPT cash

5.30pm: Level 14 (1500/3000, ante 300)

The player count had been in freefall all afternoon until we reached 33. After 40 minutes, Lex Holden became the 33rd-place finisher when the pocket 10s of Mishel Anunu held up before Jason Gray sent Paul Elliott to the rail in 32nd position. That leaves us 10 spots short of the money, with 45 minutes to play before the dinner break.

5pm: Simpson setting the standard

Early in level 13, Amanda Simpson is the chip leader with 340,000. He set of twos just eliminated Rohan Aldridge to add another 25,000 to her stack. Simpson is one of three females still in contention for the title, along with Annette Hall and Selina Bodel. Other big stacks belong to Michael Chon (280,000), Adam Cameron (250,000), Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou (250,000) and Andrew Scarf (250,000). For more chip counts, click here.

4.30pm: Dodds' aces cracked

Joel Dodds has finished agonisingly close to his fourth ANZPT cash after losing a massive pot to Amanda Simpson. It was the pocket aces of Dodds against Simpson's pocket nines, with a nine on the flop enough for Simpson to scoop up a pot worth more than 200,000. She regains the chip lead as a result.


Another deep run but no moolah for Joel Dodds

Just minutes later, Billy "The Croc" Argyros was all-in with pocket kings against A-K, with an ace on the flop ending the Australian Poker Hall of Famer's tournament.

4.15pm: Cream rising to the top

The chip average has smashed through the 100,000 barrier with 37 players still seated in the Casino Canberra tournament area. Some of the big names still in contention include 2008 APPT Sydney runner-up Jason Gray, Billy "The Croc" Argyros and Aaron Benton. The players who finished first and second in the 2010 ANZPT Adelaide Main Event - Rennie Carnevale and Andrew Scarf - are also alive and kicking and poised to close the gap on ANZPT Player of the Year points leader Tony Hachem.

4pm: Champs chasing repeat

There are two past ANZPT champions (Scott Kerr and Rennie Carnevale) along with one APPT champion (Aaron Benton) still in the hunt for the ANZPT Canberra title with just 40 players still in the field. Benton just scored a timely double up when his A♥ K♣ connected the board of K♥ 4♣ J♥ 6♦ 5♠ against the 9♥ 9♠ of Amanda Simpson. And after mortally wounding Martin Comer's stack, Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou just delivered the killer blow when he rivered a straight with Q-J against the pocket fours of Comer.


Antonis Kambouroglou: Believe us, he's happy

3.45pm: Level 12 (1000/2000, ante 200)

Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou has displayed the patience of a saint today, which just paid handsome dividends when he scored a double through fellow veteran Martin Comer. It was kings for "Toothpick Tony" against the sevens of Comer, with the money going in after a flop of 3-8-10. The board ran out 3 and 8, giving Kambouroglou a pot worth more than 100,000.