ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 15 & 16 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500)

6:30pm: Dinner break

The 34 remaining players are now taking a one-hour dinner break. See you back here at 7:30pm local time.

6:25pm: And the bustouts begin...

We lost Adam Monaghan in 36th place when he moved his short stack in preflop with A♠J♠ against the J♦J♥ of Andrew Scarf. The board was spread 9♦9♣5♣K♣8♣ and Scarf collected the pot to eliminate Monaghan.

He was soon followed by Dutch PokerStars qualifier Roel Pijpers who moved all in against Ryan McKay on a board of 3♠4♠6♠8♦. McKay made the call and showed a creative 8♠3♣ for two pair as Pijpers opened 5♥6♦ for a pair and straight draw that didn't improve on the T♣ river.

Both players head to the cashier to collect $4,260 in prize money.

6:10pm: Poker Star doubles through poker star

Amanda De Cesare opened to 15,000 before James Obst moved all in over the top from the cutoff. De Cesare made the call.

Obst: A♦Q♦
De Cesare: A♥A♣

The board ran out 8♥4♣K♦9♥Q♠ to give De Cesare a much needed double up to 115,000 and leave Obst with just 80,000.


PokerStars sponsored Amanda De Cesare doubles up

6:00pm: Andreadis = Bubble boy

The bubble has finally burst and the unfortunate bubble boy is Jim Andreadis. He moved all in preflop with K♠J♣ but found himself dominated by the A♦K♦ of Dennis Huntly.

The board ran out 6♥Q♥3♦6♣5♥ and Andreadis couldn't find a jack to survive. He leaves with nothing but a story to tell as the remaining 36 players are finally in the money!

5:52pm: Another double up on the bubble

Another double up on the bubble, and this time it was Karib Karib who found a fortunate river to stay alive. He was all in with A♦K♠ against pocket queens and found an ace on the river to survive! He's back up to 95,000 as the bubble continues!

"I don't think anyone was cheering for you Karib," commented a tablemate.

"I was!" exclaimed Daniel Neilson who has been allowed to pillage relentlessly over the past hour as his big stack continues to swell.

5:44pm: Huntly doubles to stay alive

The little pressure has been lifted from the shoulders of Dennis Huntly, after a double up, but he's still not out of the danger zone just yet.

Huntly doubled up with his T♥T♣ holding against the 9♠8♠ of David Chilcott as the board ran out 2♥Q♦K♦4♦9♥. Huntly is back up to 52,000.

5:30pm: Level up, blinds 2500-5000, ante 500

5:28pm: Bubble watch

It's a game of cat and mouse at the moment with the only players seemingly interested in playing pots being Dan Neilson and James Obst.

Those under pressure are...

Karib Karib - 38,000
Adam Monaghan - 50,000
Qi Xu - 52,000
Dennis Huntly - 60,000
Jim Andreadis - 65,000
Amanda De Cesare - 70,000
Martin Kozlov - 70,000


Karib Karib - the master of the short stack

5:12pm: Big hand, but bubble continues

The prolonged bubble continues as one hand has taken a good eight minutes to complete, and we didn't ever get to see a river card.

Jie Gao opened to 8,500 from under the gun and Daniel Laidlaw made the call before James Obst three-bet to 30,000 from the big blind. Gao folded but Laidlaw made the call to see a flop of A♥4♥A♦.

Obst fired out a bet of 30,000 and Laidlaw took his time before committing to a call.
The turn was the 5♠ and Obst checked it over to Laidlaw. By this time every other table had completed their hands and most were standing around the table sweating the action, as Laidlaw slid 70,000 into the middle. Obst thought for a moment or two before giving it up and conceding the pot.

Laidlaw chips up nicely to 270,000 with Obst slipping to 220,000.

4:54pm: Owens sucks out to survive bubble

We've just had all in on the money bubble with Nicholas Owens putting his tournament life on the line with Q♦Q♠ but he ran smack-bang into the K♠K♦ of Andrew Scarf.
36 players were hoping for a king, but the lone player in the room needing a queen saw it arrive as the board was spread A♦3♥Q♥8♠7♠. Owens survives to double up to around 110,000 as Scarf slips back to around 200,000.

4:50pm: We're on the bubble!

With the recent eliminations on Michael Chon and Steven Vun we are now playing hand-for-hand across the tables until we lose one more player - our unfortunately bubble boy or girl. There's $4,260 and bragging rights on the line!

4:40pm: The chips are flying

We thought play might tighten up as we head towards the bubble but we've just seen a couple of big pots go down that have changed the leaderboard completely.

Martin Rowe has moved up to 206,000, after winning a battle of the blinds against Michael Pedley. From the small blind, Pedley raised another 4,500 preflop, bet 12,500 on the flop and 17,000 on the turn, before check-calling for 20,000 on the river on a board of 5♦6♠T♠J♣7♦.

Rowe opened J♠T♦ for two pair as Pedley cringed and tossed his Q♣Q♦ into the muck.
At the same time, Daniel Neilson was putting his big stack to work as he moved all in over the top of Raj Ramakrishnan who was quick to make the call with K♦K♣. Neilson opened A♣K♥ and made a straight on the 4♦5♦9♦3♠2♦ board but Ramakrishnan held the only diamond for a huge double up.

Ramakrishnan is up to 365,000 with Neilson back to the pack with 395,000.

4:30pm: Play resumes

After catching their breath following a wild end to that level, the players are now back with 39 players remaining and three more eliminations required until the money bubble bursts!