ANZPT Canberra: Final table, levels 21-23 updates
7.10pm: Anyone's title
John Maklouf has taken off the gloves and become the aggressor as the difference in the three stacks narrows. Jason Gray made it 73,000 before the flop, Maklouf called and the flop fell 4♦ 7♠ 7♥. Gray bet 75,000, Maklouf called and the turn came [10c]. Gray checked, Maklouf bet 200,000 and Gray folded. That left with all three players holding between 1.1 and 1.4 million in chips.
6.50pm: Looking for a spot
The post dinner break period can sometimes produce fireworks, but not tonight. A good-sized rail hasn't witnessed much action in the past 30 minutes, with a raise pre- or post-flop enough to win most pots. We just watched three-way action on a flop of 5♥ Q♥ 2♣, with 200,000 already in the pot. Adam Cameron checked, Jason Gray bet 90,000 and John Maklouf made it 220,000 - that was enough to elicit a fold from the other two.
6.35pm: Dinner's done ...
... and we're back.
6.20pm: Time for an appetiser
The three remaining players are taking a 20-minute break, which will give John Maklouf's nerves a chance to settle. On a board showing K♦ 7♥ 6♦ Q♥ J♥, Maklouf bet 100,000, Adam Cameron made it 300,000 and Maklouf declared he was all-in. Cameron folded. When we return, blinds will be up to level 23 (12,000/24,000 with an ante of 3000).
6.10pm: Michael Chon eliminated in fourth place, $28,236
After doubling once through John Maklouf, Michael Chon was again all-in and Maklouf declared he was also all-in. However, he turned white when Jason Gray quietly muttered "I call" and turned over K♣ A♦. Maklouf showed A♣ 9♣ while Chon held Q♦ 4♣. The board ran out 6♦ 5♦ 6♥ 2♣ 2♦ giving Gray and a relieved Maklouf a split, and sending Chon to the rail in fourth.
5.50pm: Life support for Chon
The demolition of Michael Chon's stack is almost complete after he just shipped the majority of his remaining chips to Adam Cameron. On a flop of 2♣ 8♣ K♣, Chon shoved all-in and Cameron quickly called. Chon showed K♠ J♣ for top pair and a flush draw, but Cameron had his nose ahead with A♠ A♦. The 9♠ A♥ didn't help Chon, who is down to just 54,000. Barely two hours ago held two-third of the chips in play.
5.35pm: Gray all the way
Jason Gray's steel and experience is coming to fore as shown by his latest triumph over Adam Cameron. Gray popped it to 130,000 after Cameron's pre-flop raise to 54,000. Cameron called and the flop fell A♠ K♥ Q♥. Gray bet 200,000, Cameron called and they saw the turn come 4♣. Cameron checked, Gray bet 320,000 and Cameron folded.
5.20pm: Level 22 (10,000/20,000, ante 2000)
The tension was palpable when John Maklouf announced "call" in response to Adam Cameron's all-in after a flop of 5♣ 8♦ 7♣, but Maklouf could only smile when the cards were turned over - A♦ 7♦ versus A♣ 7♠. The board ran out 6♣ J♣: split pot.
5.05pm: Adam's at it again
Adam Cameron has done it again. He was all-in with K♥ J♣, once again needing help against Michael Chon's A♣ [10h]. The flop fell 8♦ 5♦ 4♠ 6♥ leaving Cameron to hit a K, J or 7. Sure enough, the K♠ sailed down the river to propel Cameron north of 800,000 while Chon, unbelievably, is down to 515,000.
4.45pm: Chon off song
The attack on Michael Chon's stack continues, with Adam Cameron the main beneficiary. Cameron has twice doubled through Chon, the most recent hand when his A♥ 2♠ connected on the flop of 7♠ 6♥ 2♥. Chon's A♣ 8♠ needed help, which didn't arrive on the turn 3♠ or river 7♣. Chon is down to just 1.1 million, while Jason Gray leads on 1.7 million, John Maklouf is on 560,000 and Cameron is on 330,000.
4.15pm: Let's catch our breath
Players have just taken their first official break of the day. Incredibly, it's taken just three hours to reduce the field from 15 to the final four.
4pm: Rennie Carnevale eliminated in fourth place, $28,236
The ANZPT Canberra Main Event has been thrown wide open after a massive pot which resulted in the elimination of Rennie Carnevale. The ANZPT Adelaide winner announced "all-in" from the button for 120,000, Jason Gray re-raised, Michael Chon shoved all-in over the top and Gray insta-called. Wow.
It was A♠ A♣ for Gray, A♥ K♣ for Chon and a dominated K♦ 8♠ for Carnevale. The board came [10s] 8♥ 7♠ [10h] A♦, giving Gray a massive pot of 1.3 million. Carnevale joins an elite club of players who've reached two ANZPT final tables, and he climbs to second ahead of Andrew Scarf on the ANZPT Player of the Year leaderboard.