ANZPT Canberra: Day 2, levels 9-11 updates
3.30pm: Halfway there
There are 44 players in the hunt for a slice of the $362,000 prizepool, just 23 spots short of the money. More than half of the 90 players who took their seats at the start of day two have been eliminated. The chip average is more than 80,000.
3.15pm: Croc is snapping
Billy "The Croc" Argyros has been among the big movers during the third level of day two in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Canberra Main Event. He narrowly had Chris Evans covered when the duo went to war - Argyros' 6♦ 6♠ against the K♥ 7♥ of Evans. The flop fell K♦ 7♠ 6♣, making two pair for Evans and a set for Argyros. The board ran out 8♠ [10c], giving Argyros the pot and eliminating Evans.
3pm: Dropping like flies
No sign of the carnage letting up with Donna Ciric and Sal Fazzino the latest to be eliminated. Ciric, a contestant on Joe Hachem's reality series The Poker Star, looked in reasonable shape with A♥ 7♥ against the 4-5 off-suit of Sam Rotar. The board showed J-8-K-K but a 4 on the river sent the chips to Rotar. Fazzino followed soon after when Michael Chon's pocket queens held up against his A-K. Chon is now a clear chip leader with 260,000.
2.45pm: Levick leaving town
More than one-third of the 90 players (37 to be exact) who started day two have been eliminated during the first two hours of play. That figure includes 2009 ANZPT Melbourne winner and ANZPT Player of the Year runner-up Chris Levick, whose bad run of losing races that started in his recent visit to Las Vegas continued here when his A-K failed to hit again an opponent's pocket queens.
2.30pm: Tahtouh taken down
The final PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro in contention for the ANZPT Canberra title, Emad Tahtouh, has been eliminated. After chipping up to 60,000, Tahtouh tested the water again pre-flop but found his pocket queens dominated by the pocket kings of Michael Chon. The kings prevailed, Chon counted out his stack of 190,000 and Tahtouh headed or the door. Chon, ANZPT Adelaide runner-up Andrew Scarf and Amanda Simpson all hold around the same amount of chips.
2.10pm: Benton takes a hit
More than 90 minutes into day two and already 25 players have had their hopes of being crowned the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Canberra champion crushed. After the elimination of Brendon Rubie, his housemate Aaron Benton just took a big hit when all-in player Ricky Kroesen turned a flush. Benton is down to just 35,000. Alex Holden also took a slab of Danny Ayoub's chips when his pocket fives improved to a full-house on a board of 10-10-2-5-Q against Ayoub's J-10.
1.50pm: Rubie loses lustre
Brendon Rubie's hopes of adding another title to his CV have ended at the hands of Chris Kittos. After some ferocious pre-flop action, the money was in the middle with Kittos holding pocket aces and Rubie pocket jacks. The aces held, Rubie made his way from the tournament area and Kittos dragged in more than 140,000 in chips. Seated to his immediate left, Amanda Simpson is now outright chip leader on 180,000 after eliminating another player.
1.30pm: Level 10 (600/1200, ante 100)
The tournament is over for the last of the Perth contingent after Dale Marsland was KOed in trying circumstances. The chips were in the middle with Marsland's A♠ K♠ against an opponent's A♦ Q♦. The flop fell three diamonds, and Marsland wasn't waiting around to find out much worse it got.
1.15pm: Simpson, eh?
Amanda Simpson entered the day's play in third chip position but has quickly climbed to within reach of top spot after sending Michael Veigli to the rail. Simpson's Q-J connected the jack-high board against Veigli' s A-K to take down a pot worth more than 40,000. She's up to 130,000. The first hour of play is almost complete, with the field slashed to 74 from the starting figure of 90.
1pm: Eights not so great for Aristidou
Peter Aristidou's tournament is over after his eights ran into the pocket queens of Yann Pauchon but the luck's still running in Graeme Putt's direction. The wily veteran was again all-in and in four-way action, he watched the board run out king-high with four diamonds. Incredibly, no player held a diamond, Putt's A-K was good and he's up to 12,000. That's a tenfold increase in 25 minutes.
12.45pm: Putt hangs on
With so many short stacks, it was hardly surprising to see five players depart in the first 10 minutes. They included Michael Nenes, who ran jacks into aces on the first hand. But better news for outright short stack Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt. He tripled up in with a runner-runner ace-high flush against the king-high flush of George Moussa and Andrew Gabot's pair of kings. Putt's up to 4000, but still has plenty of work ahead.
12.30pm: Level 9 (500/1000, ante 100)
Welcome to day 2 of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Canberra Main Event. Players have started arriving, but have a few extra minutes to settle the nerves before play starts at 12.30pm.
Top 10 chip count (start of day 2)
Sam Rotar (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 168,100
Phillip Batticiotto (Australia) 103,600
Amanda Simpson (Australia) 103,500
Jesse Maguire (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 100,500
Michael O'Grady (Australia) 91,600
Rennie Carnevale (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 87,700
Brendan Rubie (Australia) 84,400
Aaron Golledge (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 77,500
Jason Gray (Australia) 75,400
Con Angelakis (Australia) 75,300
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Level 9: 500/1000 (ante 100)
Level 10: 600/1200 (ante 100)
Level 11: 800/1600 (ante 200)
Level 12: 1000/2000 (ante 200)
Level 13: 1200/2400 (ante 300)
Level 14: 1500/3000 (ante 300)
Level 15: 2000/4000 (ante 400)
Level 16: 2500/5000 (ante 500)
Level 17: 3000/6000 (ante 500)