ANZPT Gold Coast Final Table: Levels 21, 22 & 23 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

3:40pm: O'Rourke bluffs his way to the break

Liam O'Rourke has been caught bluffing on a couple of occasions, and Nauv Kashyap has already shown a tendency to call down pretty light. So it was a no surprise to see O'Rourke muck his cards when Kashyap made a call for 320,000 on the river on a board of T♣A♣4♥5♣T♦. O 'Rourke didn't even show but Kashyap wanted to show off his great call as he revealed 4♣6♥ for just a pair of fours!

At the break Kashyap takes a healthy chip lead around 3.65 million chips, with Ricky Kroesen with 1.085 million and O'Rourke with 860,000.

3:22pm: Aaron Benton eliminated in 4th place

Aaron Benton was all in preflop with Nauv Kashyap and Ricky Kroesen both calling, before the two live players checked down a board of 3♣Q♠7♦Q♦T♣.

"Nine-high," sighed Benton as Kashyap showed A♦T♦ for the only pair to collect the pot and eliminate the 2009 APPT Sydney champ in 4th place for $50,255 in prize money.


Aaron Benton eliminated in 4th place

3:18pm: Action flop leaves Benton crippled

Liam O'Rourke and Aaron Benton saw a flop of Q♦T♠8♥ and that's when all hell broke loose. The two got into a raising war as the last of O'Rourke's chips went into the middle. He opened Q♣T♦ for top two pair as Benton showed Q♠8♠ for top and bottom pair.
The turn was the A♠ as Benton picked up a flush draw but the river was the 3♦. O'Rourke doubled up to over two million in chips as Benton is now crippled with just 100,000 to play with.

3:10pm: King Kroesen

The action keeps coming thick and fast, as this time it was Ricky Kroesen's turn to double up. The chips were all in preflop with Kroesen's pocket kings being called by Aaron Benton's pocket jacks. The board was spread 8♦3♠Q♦8♥A♦ and Kroesen doubled to around one million with Benton holding around 1.1 million.

3:02pm: Bang, bang, and then there were four

Brad Wilson raised it up to 60,000 and Aaron Benton called on the button to see a flop of 5♣3♠J♣. Wilson fired out 75,000 before Benton raised to 200,000. Wilson responded by moving all in for around 300,000 more, with Benton making a quick call.

Benton: A♣9♣
Wilson: 8♣8♠

Wilson was in front with his pair but Benton had quite a few outs with his overcards and flush draw. The turn bricked the 5♠ but the river was the 6♣ as Benton hits another river to eliminate Wilson in 6th place for $34,440.

Next hand Aaron Benton raised to 60,000 and found calls from Nauv Kashyap and Liam O'Rourke before Joel Dodds moved all in for another 7,000 from the big blind. The three players made the call and then checked down the board of 9♥8♠A♠3♥2♣ until the river where O'Rourke fired 85,000 and the other two live players folded. O'Rourke showed A♣6♣ for top pair which was good as Dodds could only find J♠4♣.

PokerStars qualifier Dodds is out in 5th for $41,975 as just four players remain!

2:50pm: Dodds crippled

Joel Dodds raised the button before Brad Wilson shoved all in from the small blind. Dodds was also pot-committed with his K♣T♦ but he was unhappy to see Wilson open pocket tens. The flop of J♥6♠Q♥ gave Dodds a straight draw but the turn and river bricked out. Wilson doubled to 470,000 to leave Dodds crippled with under 100,000.

2:45pm: Le Vuong Van eliminated in 7th place

Aaron Benton is getting good at these "all in" things. He's just eliminated an unlucky Le Vuong Van after finding a perfect river card. Benton had raised to 55,000 before Van shoved for 194,000 from the small blind. Benton cringed and made the pot-committed call.

Benton: A♥5♥
Van: A♠9♥

The board ran out 8♦7♠J♠2♦5♦ and Benton spiked his three-outer on the river to end the run of Van in 7th place for a collect of $27,265.


Lu Vuong Van eliminated in 7th place

2:40pm: Blinds up: 12,000-24,000 with 3,000 ante

2:38pm: Kashyap contunes to lead

On the final hand of the level Ricky Kroesen opened to 50,000 with Nauv Kashyap making the call in the big blind. The flop landed 3♠J♣J♦ and action checked to Kroesen who fired 70,000. Kashyap called and the turn brought the 2♣. Kashyap decided to lead at the pot with a bet of 160,000. Kroesen deliberated for a moment before making a reluctant fold as Kashyap flashed A♣5♥! Kroesen is back down to 580,000.

2:33pm: Getting tricky

There seems to be a fair bit of deceptive limping in the blinds recently. Ricky Kroesen started by limping from the small blind, before Aaron Benton raised. Kroesen then re-raised and Benton gave it up.

Next hand, Benton tried a similar thing. He completed from the small blind and Nauv Kashyap added another 50,000 from the big blind. Benton called and then check-raised all in on the 6♣A♦J♦ flop. Kashyap quickly folded.

A few moments later, it was Liam O'Rourke's turn to complete from the small blind, as Le Vuong Van tapped the table to keep it cheap in the big blind. They saw a flop of 6♠3♦3♣ and O'Rourke bet out 26,000. In his first sign of aggression on this final table, Van raised it up to 75,000 but that didn't stop O'Rourke as he slid a stack of 500,000 into the middle to put his opponent all in. Van cringed and gave it up to leave himself short once again with just 160,000 chips.

2:26pm: Another double for the short stack

Liam O'Rourke opened with a raise to 46,000 from the cutoff before Le Vuong Van moved all in for 154,000 from the button. The blinds folded and O'Rourke made the call.

O'Rourke: A♥9♣
Van: K♦J♥

The board ran out 7♦2♦8♦7♠J♣ and Van spiked a pair of jacks on the river to grab the double up. He's up to 320,000 with O'Rourke back to 820,000.

2:14pm: Kroesen four bets to success

Joel Dodds raised it to 45,000 on the button before Brad Wilson popped it up to 122,000 from the small blind. Ricky Kroesen quickly declared himself all in from the big blind which brought a quick fold from Dodds. Wilson thought about things a bit more but he also gave it up. Wilson is down to 360,000 as Kroesen increases to around 720,000.

2:02pm: Dodds gets active

Joel Dodds has started to get a little active in the last few minutes, as he's opened a few pots and faced a couple of interesting boards.

In the first pot he raised the button to 45,000 with Brad Wilson calling out of the small blind to see a 3♣3♥3♠ flop. Dodds' continuation bet was enough to take it down as Wilson quickly folded.

Two hands later Dodds raised to 45,000 again and Aaron Benton called out of the big blind. The flop was another interesting one as it landed a monotone 9♥8♥T♥. Benton checked-called for 71,000 before both players checked the 4♥ turn. The river was another heart as the 2♥ hit and Benton led out for 150,000. Dodds and Benton exchanged some friendly, inaudible banter before Dodds' cards hit the muck.

Dodds tried for a third time as he again raised to 45,000 a few hands later, to win the blinds and antes uncontested and keep his stack around the 550,000 mark.


Joel Dodds at the final table of the ANZPT Gold Coast

1:45pm: Le Vuong Van doubles up

Once again the action was thick and fast following the recommencement of play. It was Le Vuong Van who moved all in for his last 108,000 with K♦J♠ with Nauv Kashyap making a quick call in the big blind holding A♠9♠. A jack on the flop was enough to give the short stack the double up to get back to around 220,000.

1:40pm: Blinds up: 10,000-20,000, with 2,000 ante

1:30pm: Ten-minute break

1:25pm: Pair of big slicks

Liam O'Rourke opened with a raise to 38,000 from middle position before Ricky Kroesen added an additional 83,000 to the bet from the big blind. Action was back with O'Rourke and he popped it up to 245,000 in total which forced Kroesen to make a reluctant fold with A♥K♦. O'Rourke repaid the gesture by flashing A♣K♣.

1:18pm: Kashyap extends lead

Nauv Kashyap continues to flex his muscle and pad his stack here at the ANZPT Gold Coast final table. After raising to 38,000 from middle position, Brad Wilson made the call in the small blind to see a flop of J♦4♥9♦. Wilson checked to Kashyap who fired 58,000. Wilson responded with a check-raise to 154,000 with Kashyap making the call. The turn was the 7♠ and Wilson had seen enough as he check-folded to the bet of 175,000 from Kashyap.

Kashyap is up to 2.35 million with Wilson back to 600,000.

1:00pm: Nauv is a non-believer

In a battle of the blinds, Aaron Benton has just taken a hit after being caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Catching the action on the turn on a board of 5♣6♦K♠2♦, Benton led out with a bet of 80,000 from the small blind and Kashyap made the call. The river was the J♠ and Benton fired another bet of 125,000. Kashyap shrugged and quickly called. Benton sighed and revealed Q♠T♣ for just queen high as Kashyap showed 9♠5♦ for just a pair of fives!

Benton slips to 520,000 with Kashyap back up over 2 million.

12:50pm: Kroesen starts well

Strong start for Ricky Kroesen as he's just collected a nice pot from Nauv Kashyap. Catching the action on a flop of 9♥2♣8♥, Kroesen fired out a bet of 65,00 which Kashyap called to see the K♦ hit the turn. Both players checked and the river brought the 3♠. Kroesen checked again and Kashyap fired 82,000. Kroesen snap-called and opened pocket tens, confident that they were good. He was right as Kashyap revealed J♣8♣. Kroesen is now up to 880,000.

12:35pm: Double KO on first hand of the day!

Well that didn't take long. On the very first hand of play Dominic Coombe opened by moving all in from middle position. Play folded to Michael Spilkin who announced a call on the button, before Nauv Kashyap declared himself all in from the big blind! Spilkin gave the decision a moment of thought, but with 187,000 already committed, he tossed in the rest of his chips.

Coombe: A♠9♠
Spilkin: A♣J♥
Kashyap: Q♦Q♥

The flop brought a sweat as it arrived 5♥6♠7♠ to give Coombe straight and flush outs. The turn was even juicier as the 4♥ brought the possibility of a three-way chop with a straight on board. But it wasn't to be as the 7♣ completed the board to provide a double KO on the very first hand!

The short-stacked Coombe takes 9th place for $16,145 while Spilkin will collect $21,525 for his 8th place. An amazing start for Kashyap as he's now up to 2 million in chips!


Michael Spilkin eliminated in 8th place

12:30pm: We're underway!

After the usual round of photographs and introductions, the nine players have taken their seats and the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast final table is now underway.

We've wound back the clock and will be starting at Level 21 with the blinds at 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000-chip ante.