ANZPT Canberra: Final table, levels 24-26 updates

10.45pm: Jason Gray wins ANZPT Canberra, John Maklouf eliminated in second place

And just like that, it's all over - after some fine post-flop play, the deciding hand was a pre-flop clash of Jason Gray's 4♠ 4♣ against the A♠ 3♦ of John Maklouf. Gray shoved all-in after Maklouf had raised to 100,000, and he quickly followed Gray into the pot. The board ran out [10s] 2♣ Q♦ 8♣ Q♣ and we have a champion.


2010 ANZPT Canberra winner Jason Gray

Heads-up play last 105 minutes, and it was more than six hours after play reached four-handed that the winner was decided. Congratulations to Jason Gray, who takes home $95,930 and commiserations to a gallant John Maklouf, who pockets $60,635. It's John's second final table of the season and earns him a swag of ANZPT Player of the Year points.

10.30pm: Gray is the new black

And back comes Jason Gray - he was all-in on a flop of A♠ 9♠ J♥ after John Maklouf had bet 200,000. Maklouf called and showed J♣ 8♣ with Gray's A♥ 4♣ in front. The turn 2♠ and river 7♦ missed Maklouf, giving Gray a pot worth 2.5 million. He's back in front, while Maklouf has a smidge over 1 million. The Dutch and Danes can't resolve their deadlock either, must be something in the air tonight.


John Maklouf has displayed great poise against the vast experience of Jason Gray

10.25pm: Can't think of anything to write here

There was already 320,000 in the pot when Jason Gray bet 200,000 on the board of 4♣ Q♦ 2♥ J♥ 7♦. John Maklouf called but wasn't happy to see Gray reveal Q♠ 9♣ for top-pair, which was good. Maklouf is on 2 million; Gray 1.55 million. Theoretically, this will end soon. Practically, who knows?

10.20pm: Record breaker

The ascendancy is back with John Maklouf after Jason Gray called his bet of 200,000 on a board showing 5♥ 7♥ 8♦ K♠ [10h]. Maklouf showed J♣ 9♠ for a straight, with a frustrated Gray reluctantly sending his cards into the muck. Maklouf is on 2.6 million, with Gray back to 950,000. This is the longest heads-up battle in ANZPT history, with the match having ticked past the 85-minute mark.


Credit Jason Gray and John Maklouf for an impressive display of heads-up poker

10.10pm: Close, but no cigar

John Maklouf raised pre-flop to 100,000, Jason Gray called and they watched the flop comes Q♠ K♣ 2♣. Maklouf bet 300,000, Gray said "I'm all-in" and Maklouf called. It was Gray's Q♥ 8♠ a poofteenth ahead of Maklouf's Q♣ 6♣, until the board paired on the turn 2♠. Chop it up boys.

10pm: "Cut me, Mick"

It's like a 1970s-era heavyweight title fight, with Rocky and Apollo going blow-for-blow over 15 rounds. We'd have to be at round 13 or 14, and we'd still be split on points. In the latest tie-up, there was 160,000 in the middle when both players checked the flop of 6♣ 3♥ 7♣. On the turn 6♥, Maklouf bet 140,000 and Gray called. The river was the [10s]; Maklouf bet 350,000 and Gray folded. Seconds out!

9.45pm: Level pegging

After four days, almost 25 hours of play and the elimination of 179 players, it's virtually even in the heads-up duel between Jason Gray and John Maklouf for the ANZPT Canberra title. Maklouf squared the ledger when he re-raised to 400,000 over Gray's bet of 140,000 on a flop of 9♦ A♥ [10c]. Gray folded, leaving both players around the 1.8 million mark.


The ANZPT Canberra trophy has been sitting on the table for almost one hour

9.35pm: There's ice in those veins

Jason Gray just made the call of the tournament to regain the chip lead in the ANZPT Canberra Main Event. John Maklouf raised to 80,000 pre-flop, Gray called and the flop was dealt 9♥ 8♦ 4♠. Maklouf checked, Gray bet 150,000 and Maklouf called.

It was check-check on the turn 4♦, then Maklouf bet 300,00 on the river 3♦. Gray had a long think but called and showed A♦ [10c]. Maklouf looked shocked as he turned over his Q♠ [10s] and watched his stack fall to 1.6 million. Gray is back up to 1.95 million.

9.20pm: Nines are fine for John

The pendulum has swung back with John Maklouf as he inflicts death by a thousand cuts on Jason Gray. It's been raise-fold for the past five minutes, with Maklouf winning the vast majority of pots. With more than 400,000 in the pot, both players checked the river on a board of J♦ 8♣ 9♣ J♣ 2♠. Maklouf showed 9♦ 7♣ and Gray 6♣ 7♥, giving Maklouf the pot. He's up to 2.25 million; Gray falls to 1.3 million.

9.15pm: Maklouf lands a blow

Score one for John Maklouf - on a flop of K♦ 3♠ 9♥, Jason Gray called Maklouf's bet of 100,000 and they watched the turn fall 7♣. Maklouf bet 135,000, Gray called and the river showed 4♦. Maklouf bet 300,000, Gray called but mucked his cards when Maklouf showed K♠ 7♠ for two pair. That takes him back to 1.4 million, with Gray still leading on 2.1 million.


Close up and personal with Jason Gray

9.10pm: Gray first out of the stalls

Jason Gray has taken nine of the first 10 hands of the heads-up duel, the biggest coming after John Maklouf called his pre-flop bet of 140,000. The flop was dealt 3♥ 9♠ 5♥; Gray bet 250,000 and Maklouf folded. It's 2.6 million to Gray and 950,000 to Maklouf.

9pm: Adam Cameron eliminated in third place, $34,390

We didn't even make it to the break before PokerStars Qualifier Adam Cameron was eliminated in third place. Cameron shoved from the button with 9♠ 5♥ with Maklouf along for the ride, showing Q♣ J♦. The flop of 3♣ 9♣ 6♦ put Cameron ahead but the turn Q♥ returned the lead to Maklouf, and Cameron was off to the cage when the river showed 8♠. Gray and Maklouf are now on a short break and when they return, we're heads-up for the first ANZPT Canberra title. Gray holds a 2:1 chip lead (2.36 million to Maklouf's 1.2 million).


Jason Gray watches his rivals carve each other up - he leads into the heads-up duel with John Maklouf

8.50pm: Gray back on top

The momentum is firmly back with Jason Gray after he claimed a pot worth almost one million two hands before the latest break. There was 235,000 in the pot when the flop came 6♦ [10d] A♠. Maklouf bet 500,000 but before he could deposit the chips over the betting line, Gray had declared all-in, Maklouf lightly tapped the table and shipped the chip all the way to Gray's stack.

8.35pm: Double-double

Adam Cameron is down to just 300,000 after losing an all-in confrontation to Jason Gray. It was Cameron's Q♥ J♠ starting and staying behind Gray's A♣ Q♠ as the board fell 4♥ 8♠ A♠ 7♣ 3♠. On the next hand, Gray was all-in after the flop 2♥ 6♥ 7♠, with Maklouf making the call.

The turn 3♥ and river 6♠ ensured Gray's 7♥ [10h] the pot, as Maklouf's A♥ [10d] sailed into the muck. Maklouf is down to 1.8 million, Gray is back to 1.5 million while Cameron holds just 300,000. No more predictions - we clearly have no idea how this tournament is going to pan out.

8.25pm: Chop/chop

Jason Gray decided it was time to make a move when he pushed all-in pre-flop from the small blind for approximately 500,000 and was met with a call from John Maklouf. However, it proved anti-climactic when both players showed A-J, with no flush possible after the turn.

8.10pm: Maklouf to the fore

John Maklouf has taken a grip on the ANZPT Canberra Main Event after taking a big pot from Adam Cameron. There was more than 500,000 in the pot before the flop of Q♣ 8♣ 2♦. Cameron bet 285,000, Maklouf announced "all-in" and Cameron folded. Maklouf holds 2.35 million, Cameron is down to 680,000 and Gray holds 520,000.


PokerStars Qualifiers John Maklouf and Adam Cameron go to battle

8pm: Gray fading

Now it's Adam Cameron's turn to flex some muscle, as he's just taken another big pot from Jason Gray. The 2008 APPT Grand Final runner-up called Cameron's 90,000 pre-flop bet and they watched the flop fall 5♥ 8♣ J♦. Both checked, Cameron bet 145,000 on the turn Q♠ and Gray called. Cameron then shoved all-in on the river 9♠, Gray said "you're good" and mucked before Cameron showed K♠ 7♠ for a busted straight draw. That's an extra 250,000 for Cameron, leaving Gray as the short stack.

7.45pm: Cameron carves up Gray

Finally some action (especially for you, Michael Pedley) - Jason Gray bet 80,000 pre-flop with Adam Cameron making a fairly quick decision to push all-in. Gray's decision was tougher but he called and revealed 3♠ 3♣. Cameron's K♣ [10d] skipped ahead on the flop of 5♣ K♠ A♦, the turn was Q♥ and river J♠ to give Cameron the nuts and a pot of more than 1.1 million. Gray is down to 870,000 while John Maklouf leads with 1.5 million.

7.30pm: Candles almost out on Queen's Birthday

The long weekend is almost over for the workin' Joes of Canberra but quite a few are squeezing in some time on the tables before heading back to the office tomorrow. Most of the interstate visitors to ANZPT Canberra have also hit the road, but a handful of main event players are still here to watching the closing stages of the final table.


Adam Cameron jealously checks on the progress of the Wollongong boys and their beers

The Wollongong contingent is nursing a few beers while their man Adam Cameron mixes it up with John Maklouf and Jason Gray for the $95,930 first prize. Most of the other spectators are local players wandering over form the cash tables to check on the action. It's been three-handed for three hours, which is hardly surprising given the rate of eliminations earlier in the day.