ANZPT Melbourne: Level 21 (blinds 8000-16000, ante 2000)

2:25pm: Ten-minute break

It's been slow going for our final table, with Ted Nguyen remaining pretty active and the short stacks playing a little cat and mouse to try and jump up the pay brackets. Hopefully a break will wake everyone up a bit!

2:02pm: Obst flushed with chips

Ted Nguyen has been the most active player at this final table and again he came in with a raise to 45,000. This time he picked up callers in Raj Ramakrishnan and James Obst to see a flop of 3♦2♦3♣.

Nguyen checked to Ramakrishnan who fired a bet of 85,000. Obst made the call as Nguyen decided to get out of the way. The turn brought the 5♦ and Ramakrishnan checked to Obst who bet 100,000. Ramakrishnan called and the river Q♣ completed the board. Ramakrishnan checked and Obst bet out 258,000.

Ramakrishnan deliberated for several minutes before announcing a call. Obst opened A♦7♦ for the nut flush which was good as he raked in the monster pot. Ramakrishnan slips to 250,000 with Obst way out in front with over 1.7 million.

1:40pm: Nguyen finds a river

Kristina Jeney opened with a raise to 35,000 from early position with Ted Nguyen making the call in the cutoff. The two players checked a board of 5♠9♣8♥J♣A♥ to the river where Jeney took a stab with a bet of 57,000. Nguyen quickly called.

Jeney opened 4♥4♣ but she'd waiting too long as Nguyen caught up with his A♦K♣. Nguyen climbs back up to about 800,000 with Jeney losing her chip advantage to slip to 900,000.

1:32pm Kozlov fights on

Martin Kozlov has been fighting with a short stack for the best past of two days now. Yet, he continues to pick his spots and survive. Coming into today as the short stack of the field, Kozlov has just found a much-needed double up through Ted Nguyen.

Nguyen opened to 45,000 from under the gun, before Kozlov moved all in for 143,000 from middle position. The table fold back around to Nguyen who made a reluctant call.

Kozlov: T♣T♥
Nguyen: A♣K♣

The board bricked out 2♠3♠7♥J♥J♦ to see Kozlov double to around 305,000 to put a dent in the recovery of Nguyen who slips back to 620,000.

1:25pm: Play resumes

The clock has been reset to the start of this level with the blinds at 8000-16000 with a 2000 ante. The players have been introduced, the formalities are out of the way, and the cards are now in the air!

1:15pm: Final table draw

We now have our official final table with Kristina Jeney taking a narrow chip lead ahead of James Obst. Full player profiles for our final day participants can be found here.

Seat 1: Martin Kozlov - 153,000
Seat 2: James Obst - 1,063,000
Seat 3: Daniel Laidlaw - 278,000
Seat 4: Kristina Jeney - 1,130,000
Seat 5: Amanda De Cesare - 492,000
Seat 6: Ben Savage - 798,000
Seat 7: David Chilcott - 662,000
Seat 8: Ted Nguyen - 768,000
Seat 9: Raj Ramakrishnan - 783,000

The players are just satisfying some media photos and being introduced to the crowd before play gets underway.

1:08pm: Joe Allis eliminated in 10th place

Joe Allis opened with a raise before Ted Nguyen three-bet on the button. Allis moved all in and Nguyen made the call.

Allis: K♦K♥
Nguyen: A♥Q♠

Nguyen was looking for one ace, but he found three as the board landed A♣2♣4♦A♦A♠ to give Nguyen quads! Allis was slightly the shorter stack and as such, he was eliminated in 10th place.

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Joe Allis eliminated in 10th place

There will now be a brief pause in play as tournament staff relocate players to the final table.

12:50pm: No love for Big Slick

Amanda De Cesare opened to 35,000 from under the gun before James Obst three-bet to 82,000. De Cesare made the call and they saw a flop of 2♦6♠5♣.

De Cesare immediately moved all in forcing Obst to fold A♠K♠ face up. De Cesare is up to 530,000.

Very next hand, Obst found ace-king once again but so did short stack Martin Kozlov. The two committed their chips preflop and chopped the pot when they made a wheel straight. Obst is at 770,000.

12:40pm: Ryan McKay eliminated in 11th place

It's been a frantic start to Day 3, as one more hand in and we had our first one million-chip pot and the elimination of Ryan McKay in 11th place.

McKay opened to 38,000 before Kristina Jeney popped it to 120,000 from the small blind. McKay responded by moving all in and Jeney snap-called!

McKay: A♣K♣
Jeney: K♠K♦

The board ran out 6♣5♠8♠Q♦6♦ and McKay was sent crashing to the rail as Jeney extends her lead to 1.4 million in chips.

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Ryan McKay eliminated in 11th place

12:35pm: Kozlov doubles early
After Amanda De Cesare picked up pocket aces of the very first hand of the day and received no action, the second hand brought our first double up of the day.
Action folded to Martin Kozlov in the small blind who moved all in with Q♥T♣ with Kristina Jeney making the call with A♣9♦. The board landed 6♥8♦Q♣6♠J♣ to give the short stack and early double up to 260,000.


12:30pm: The calm before the final storm

Monday mornings are traditionally the most hated time of the week for the working public but for the Australian online poker community it usually means waking before the birds to grind online in the "Sunday majors" - the biggest online poker tournaments of the week. It's a tough way to make an easy, buck but every week the young guns set their alarms and bring hundreds of thousands of dollars back down under.

For eleven Aussie poker players, they got to enjoy a relative sleep in, as Monday morning grind session was replaced by a comfortable sleep in preparation of arguably, one of the biggest days of their poker careers. A strong coffee and a pop tart were replaced by a relaxing stroll along Southbank and a casual breakfast along the banks of the Yarra River.

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The Crown Casino located on the banks of the Yarra River

We welcome you to the final day of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne Main Event. We're two more eliminations away from our official final table, and ten eliminations away from crowning a new champion of Australian poker.

It's a fascinating lineup with several notable players, and a few fresh faces. For the first time our final day is lead by a female with Kristina Jeney bagging up the biggest stack last night. She's not the only female left, as PokerStars sponsored Amanda De Cesare is still in contention and gunning for her second major title. With the experience of Raj Ramakrishnan and Ben Savage, and talented young guns James Obst and Martin Kozlov, this final table could be one for the ages!

The players are taking their seats and unbagging their chips as the final day is now officially underway!