ANZPT Canberra: Final table, levels 18-20 updates
3.45pm: Andrew Scarf eliminated in fifth place, $19,005
Michael Chon now holds more than two-thirds of the chips in play after dispatching Andrew Scarf to the rail. It was Scarf's A♠ 5♣ against the Q♦ Q♠ of Chon, with the board [10h] 3♦ [10c] 9♣ 4♣ bringing no favours for Scarf. Just five players remain in the race for the first ANZPT Canberra title.
3.30pm: The rich get richer
Lady Gaga is caught in a Bad Romance (we've clearly progressed from the 80s) and Alan Alan Al-hantosh has just been caught in a bad spot from which he couldn't escape. The money went in after the flop 8♦ A♥ 4♠, with Al-hantosh showing A♣ [10s] while Michael Chon held A♦ K♦. The turn 7♥ and river 3♦ sent Al-hantosh to the rail in sixth position for $19,005. Chon now holds more than 60 per cent of the chips in play on two million.
3pm: Two down, seven to go
No wasting time at the PokerStars.net ANZPT Canberra final table, with two players eliminated in the first three hands. First out was the short-stacked local player Martin Rodwell , who found his 9♠ 6♠ in reasonable shape against 7♠ [10h] of John Maklouf. The board flowed 2♥ 2♦ [10s] K♣ K♥ to pair Maklouf's 10 and send Rodwell to the rail.
Next out was 2009 APPT Grand Final winner Aaron Benton, who put his A♦ Q♣ to battle against Jason Gray's Q♥ Q♦ after pushing all-in over Gray's initial raise. The dealer revealed 9♦ 7♣ 8♥ 7♦ 4♣ sending Benton out in eighth. This result leaves him second overall behind Tony Hachem in the ANZPT Player of the Year race.
2.30pm: Final table profiles
Click here to read about the nine players chasing victory at the PokerStars.net ANZPT Canberra final table.
1.50pm: Final table decided
Luis Pampliega's elimination in 11th place (Alan Al-hantosh also claimed his scalp after flopped two-pair) was quickly followed by the departure of Selina Bodel from the nearby town of Wagga Wagga. The last female in the field, Bodel's last stand came with A-J against the pocket queens of Jason Gray. The board fell K-9-7-6-4, and Selina was off to the cage to collected her $8878 for 10th place.
1.40pm: Unlucky 13th
Hugh Cohen has time to catch his beloved Demons take on Collingwood in the traditional AFL Queen's Birthday match after he was eliminated in 13th place. Cohen looked in good shape pre-flop against the A♠ 8♠ of Michael Chon until the chip leader flopped the nuts. Cohen claims his first ANZPT cash, worth $5792. We're just two spots short of the final table with just 75 minutes elapsed on day three.
1.30pm: Level 19 (5000/10,000, ante 1000)
Alan Al-hantosh's recovery continues after the PokerStars Qualifier crippled Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou. His pocket 10s prevailed over Tony K's pocket eights, leaving the Sydneysider with just 30,000. He exited a few hands later when his J♦ 9♣ ran into Rennie Carnevale's A♣ K♦, wih the board running out Q♣ 4♦ 4♣ A♥ A♣. That's successive ANZPT cashes for "Toothpick" Tony.
1.15pm: Phil's finished
Popular local player Phil Batticiotto was confirmed as the 14th-place finisher when his A-10 missed the board against Michael Chon's K-J, which found a king on the flop. Chon is back to 840,000. Short stack Alan Al-hantosh has just doubled through Jason Gray after his pocket kings improved to a set on the river against Gray's A-6.
1pm: Maklouf on the move
John Maklouf has just acquired a slice of Michael Chon's chips to take his count above 600,000. There was betting on every street before Maklouf revealed A-Q for a flopped pair of aces against Chon's turned pair of nines. Chon is down to 700,000 but still leads. At the same time, Selina Bodel doubled through Andrew Scarf with 9♣ 9♥ on a board of 3♥ Q♠ 2♣ 6♠ 4♥ against the ANZPT Adelaide runner-up's A♠ K♥. She improves to 160,000.
12.50pm: Kittos KOed
Chris Kittos entered the day as the outright short stack and was first to depart (15th) after John Maklouf's flopped pair of kings held up. Maklouf, who placed sixth in the previous ANZPT event in Sydney, is well placed for successive ANZPT final tables. He's second in chips with 500,000.
12.40pm: Luis, Luis
Luis Pampliega scored a timely double-up on the opening hand of day three when he spiked a six on the river against the flopped pair of aces for Antonis Kambouroglou. He's now up to 190,000, while "Toothpick Tony" drops to less than 100,000.
12.20pm: Level 18 (4000/8000, ante 500)
Players are starting to arrive for today's ANZPT Canberra Main Event final table. Plenty of tension in the air - cards will be in the air in the next five minutes.
Chip count (end of day 2)
Michael Chon (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 827,000
John Maklouf (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 448,000
Jason Gray (Australia) 386,500
Aaron Benton (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 276,000
Rennie Carnevale (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 276,000
Andrew Scarf (Australia) 222,000
Hugh Cohen (Australia) PokerStars Player 217,000
Adam Cameron (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 205,500
Antonis Kambouroglou (Australia) 183,500
Phillip Batticiotto (Australia) 117,500
Selina Bodel (Australia) 114,500
Luis Pampliega (Australia) 94,000
Martin Rodwell (Australia) 87,500
Alan Al-hantosh (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 63,500
Chris Kittos (Australia) 46,500
Structure for today's play
Level 18: 4000/8000 (ante 500)
Level 19: 5000/10,000 (ante 1000)
Level 20: 6000/12,000 (ante 1000)
Level 21: 8000/16,000 (ante 2000)
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 (ante 2000)
Level 23: 12,000/24,000 (ante 3000)
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 (ante 3000)
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 (ante 4000)
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 (ante 5000)
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 (ante 5000)
Level 28: 40,000/ 80,000 (ante 5000)
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)
Level 30: 60,000/120,000 (ante 10,000)