ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)
6:30pm: Dinner break
The players are now going to stretch their legs and satisfy their stomachs as the dinner bell has rung. We've lost approximately one-third of the field so far today, with around 200 players set to return in sixty minutes at 7:30pm local time. See you then!
6:28pm: Even Monsterdong misses sometimes
Catching the action on a flop of K♣K♦3♦, Greg Katsaros checked it over to Jonathan "xMONSTERxDONGx" Karamalikis who fired 4,500. Katsaros put in a cheeky check-raise to 9,000 which Karamalikis called.
The turn was the 6♥ and Katsaros moved all in with Karamalikis calling off his last chips.
Katsaros opened 9♣9♥ for the best hand but he'd have to fade plenty of outs as Karamalikis revealed A♦J♦ for flush draw with overcards.
The river bricked the 8♥ to miss Karamalikis and send the young gun to a slightly early dinner break.
6:15pm: Skender silenced
Benn "risk2dupside" Skender has been sent to the rail after opening ace-ten on the button and then calling off his last 8,000 when his opponent in the big blind shoved all in with king-nine. Unfortunately for Skender, his opponent paired when a nine hit the river to send him to the rail.
Also on this table is ANZPT Gold Coast final tablist Liam O'Rourke who is progressing quite well with 45,000 chips.
6:02pm: Carle gets a little looney
Catching the action on the turn on a board of J♥6♠7♣J♦, Mitch Carle checked it over to Jai Kemp who bet out 1,600. Carle responded with a check-raise to 10,000 which was enough to put Kemp to a decision for his tournament life.
Kemp went into the tank and eventually made the call with 5♠6♥ for just bottom pair, but it was a great call as Carle showed T♥8♥ for a gutshot draw. However it would be Carle's overcards that came in handy as the river landed the T♦ to pair him up and eliminate Kemp from the tournament.
Carle is better known for his cash game prowess but recently final tabled one of the early PokerStars WCOOP events under the online name "LooneyGerbil" for a US$137,720 score. He's now up to 40,000 and will be a good chance to pull a few more moves on a table which also features Simon Watt (32,000) and Jay "SEABEAST" Kinkade (27,000).
5:44pm: Delaney done
Ben Delaney has been sent to the rail at the hands of Josh Barrett.
Barrett raised to 750 preflop, before Delaney popped it to 2,050 on the button, leaving himself about 11,000 behind. Barrett moved all in and Delaney made the call.
Barrett opened ace-queen and was racing against Delaney's pocket nines. The board fell K-K-2-4-Q as the lady luck fell the way of Barrett to end the run of Delaney.
5:38pm: Broom bullies with big stack
When you put New Zealand's Phil Willcocks side by side with Melbourne's James Broom then you can be sure to see some fireworks.
That's exactly what we got when Willcocks and Broom clashed in a button versus small blind battle. In what we assume was a re-raised pot, Broom led out for 6,600 on the K♣J♥2♠ flop. Willcocks made the call and the 8♥ fell on the turn. Broom quietly announced himself all in to send Willcocks deep into the tank. After the clock was called, Willcocks eventually released as Broom chipped up to 69,000 chips.
5:30pm: Level up, blinds 200-400, ante 50
5:20pm: Nelson Doubles Up
Preflop, Dennis Huntly came in with a raise to 1,025 before PokerStars Team Australia Pro Lee Nelson popped it up to 2,400. Huntly made the call and they saw a flop of J♣7♣4♠.
Huntly checked it over to Nelson who moved all in for his last 8,975. Huntly deliberated for a few moments before making the call.
Nelson tabled Q♠Q♥ for the lead as Huntly opened 6♠6♦. Nelson would need to fade a six and he did so on the 2♦ turn and 9♥ river. Nelson doubled up to 27,000.
5:00pm: Moffett swept out the door
James Broom opened the action with a raise to 700 and received four callers to a flop of A♦Q♠T♥. Broom led out with a hefty bet of 2,550 with Liam Moffett the lone caller. The turn was the K♦ and Broom fired again for 7,000. Moffett called once more and the 4♣ completed the board on the river.
Broom jammed for his last 15,000 and it didn't take long for Moffett to call off his last chips.
J♣3♣ wasn't the cards that Moffett was expecting to see, as Broom showed a straight. Moffett tossed his own cards into the muck and departed the Crown Poker Room.
"Did you see that?" Broom chirped to us as he proudly showed his creative cards which pulled him a monster pot. Broom is now up to 63,000 chips.
4:40pm: Some big stacks
On our latest round of the room it appears that Brad Bower is our tournament chip leader with around 90,000 after recently eliminating another opponent. Raj Ramakrishnan is also progressing well holding around 70,000 after, in his words, receiving "a couple of gifts" early on.
Other big stacks include Graeme Putt (68,000), Bruno Portarto (50,000), James Obst (50,000), Tyron Krost (45,000), Ali Khalil (42,000), Tino Lechich (40,000), Andrew Scarf (40,000) and Simon Watt (36,000).
4:30pm: Play resumes
The players are back in action with two more hours to play until the scheduled dinner break.