ANZPT Gold Coast: Kashyap Looking To Cash Up

Day 3 of the 2010 Gold Coast Main Event was a day that saw our field of 42 reduced to the final nine players within seven levels of play. There was plenty of action early as the short stacks struggled to survive, but as the day went on and the bubble burst, there were plenty of stories within the story that was Day 3.

First, we should mention the double all in on the money bubble that saw Michael Spilkin courageously move his chips all in, after knowing that there was already another all in on a nearby table. Many in Spilkin's position would've taken the easy route, and tossed away ace-jack to all-but-guarantee themselves a profit. Not Spilkin. He took a deep breath and moved his short stack all in, knowing that if he was wrong, or just plain unlucky, that he'd go home empty-handed. That gamble resulted in a double up, and a few hours later he'd turned that gamble into yet another final table berth.

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Michael Spilkin put his tournament on the line as eventual bubble boy Mark James watches on

Then there was John Maklaouf's incredible form that saw him reach his fourth cash from four starts on the ANZPT Season 2 tour. He wasn't able to make it four final tables on this occasion but it was enough to see him jump into the ANZPT Player of the Year lead ahead of Tony Hachem with just two events left.

Of course, there was the incredible run of Maurie "The Master" Pears that saw him become the oldest player to ever cash in an ANZPT event at 81-years young. This Australian Poker Hall of Famer has done wonders for the game of poker in Queensland and throughout Australia and it was an honour to watch him work his magic at the table today.

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Maurie "The Master" Pears wound back the clock at the ANZPT Gold Coast

While Pears flew the flag for the old schoolers, it was the new school brigade who made an impact with Ricky Kroesen, Liam O'Rourke and Dominic Coombe all looking dangerous throughout the day. Coombe's triple-barrel bluff in particular was a memorable hand, as these three look to make their mark on the Australian poker scene with a big result tomorrow.

Finally, the day ended with the hot form of PokerStars sponsored Aaron Benton that has seen him reach yet another final table. After being short-stacked for large portions of the day, he'll enter the final table in good shape after he dispatched of Day 1 chip leader Darko Balaban to burst the final table bubble. Benton's heater is becoming legendary as his ace-jack made three-of-a-kind to leave Balaban's kings cracked.

Play will resume at 12:30pm tomorrow with Nav Kashyap holding a commanding chip lead. Kashyap caught big pairs at the right times, played an aggressive brand of poker and won a key flip late in the day to bag up 1.585 million chips - more than double that of his nearest rival.

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Nauv Kashyap will enter the ANZPT Gold Coast final table with a commanding chip advantage

Final Table Lineup:

Seat 1: Aaron Benton - 751,000
Seat 2: Nauvneel Kashyap - 1,585,000
Seat 3: Vuong Van Le - 168,000
Seat 4: Liam O'Rourke - 788,000
Seat 5: Joel Dodds - 573,000
Seat 6: Dominic Coombe - 189,000
Seat 7: Brad Wilson - 736,000
Seat 8: Ricky Kroesen - 492,000
Seat 9: Michael Spilkin - 307,000

Join us again tomorrow as we play it out for the ANZPT Gold Coast title and crown a new champion of Australian poker.