ANZPT Canberra: Levels 7-8 updates

8.30pm: Rick rolled

Ricky Kroesen's hopes of successive ANZPT cashes have taken a serious hit late on day 1A after copping what could best be described as a "life beat". His opponent bet 2500 on a flop of J-10-3, Kroesen made it 10,000 and his opponent called.

The turn fell 3 and Kroesen called his opponent's all-in and showed pocket aces. His opponent showed A-Q and spiked a king on the river to take the pot. Kroesen couldn't do much more than shake his head and count out the 9500 in his stack.

8.15pm: Ben bounces back

The field is down to 43 players with just over 30 minutes to play on day 1A of the ANZPT Canberra Main Event. Two of the big movers early in this level have been Ben Savage and Aaron Golledge. Savage cashed at ANZPT Perth and looked in trouble early but has chipped up to 50,000 at the right end of the day. Golledge has been a regular starter on the ANZPT as a PokerStars Qualifier. He was down to a few thousand chips earlier in the day, however, his stack is now north of 70,000.

7.45pm: Slow and steady

It's been a unique day of poker - there are still 48 of the 84 starters seated heading into the final hour on day 1A. That's not to say there aren't big pots being played, but the small stacks are hitting their marks.


Rennie Carnevale: 'Let's have a look here ... yep, I'll take that pot'

It's a similar story among the big stacks where ANZPT Adelaide winner Rennie Carnevale (77,000) leads narrowly from Joel Dodds (70,000) and David Campbell (70,000) while PokerStars Qualifier Adam Cameron isn't far behind (68,000).

7.30pm: Poker's back!

We've ticked into the latter stages of level seven on the evening of day 1A in the ANZPT Canberra Main Event. Poker has again taken centre stage here at Casino Canberra, with all attention on the gaming floor focussed on the 48 players still chasing a spot in Sunday's day two field.

The cream is rising to the top with Aaron Benton, Rennie Carnevale, Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou and Joel Dodds all prominently placed on the overall chip count. Team Australia Pro Emad Tahtouh is also well positioned to progress, holding 32,000 with just over one hour to play.

7pm: Toothpickin' his way to the top

David Bowie has just informed us that he's a mess without his little China Girl (we're still working our way through an 80s soundtrack) - now we've got that out of the way, it's back to the tournament where there's been a steady stream of players exiting since the last break.


Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou is chipping up

Recent departures include PokerStars Dream Job Australia winner Nigel Brine and Jai Kemp. At the other end of the chip count, the leaders have been joined by Sydney's cult poker hero Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou. He's within a splinter of the lead on 82,000.

6.30pm: Level 7 (300/600 with an ante of 75)

It's been a surprisingly sedate start to ANZPT Canberra, with only 22 of the 84 starters eliminated in the first six hours of play. But a quick look around the seven tables in use reveals some short stacks that will face immediate pressure when players take their seats after their final 10-minute break of the day.