ANZPT Perth: Day 1A, level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

5.50pm: Rennie, O'Reilly on a roll

After a fairly sedate fourth level, the action is coming thick and fast in the latter stages of level five on day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event here at Burswood.

Fresh from his win in the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event, Rennie Carnevale has struggled for traction but just found at timely double-up at the expense of Sydneysider Tom Grigg. It was Carnevale's Q♣ Q♦ against Grigg's Q♥ J♠, and Carnevale doubled to 28,000 after the board flowed J♦ 8♣ 2♣ 3♠ 4♣.

Then Sean O'Reilly rode his luck by calling the all-in of Andrew Hinrichsen with A♣ 7♣, and found himself behind the Melburnian's [10s] [10h]. The board came 7♦ 2♥ 9♦ 8♥, leaving O'Reilly drawing thin, but he found the A♦ on the river to bump his stack north of 40,000.

5.30pm: Luck of the Irish

Spots to win a big pot have been few and fare between on table 17, so short-stacked local player Jimmy Wong wasted little time calling the all-in bet of Octavian Voegele on a flop showing 9♦ [10d] 4♦.

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Back on song: Jimmy Wong

Voegele showed 7♦ 2♦ for the flush, but Wong's 8♦ 5♦ held the edge. The board ran out 4♥ A♦ to take Wong back up to the chip average of 26,000. At the mid-point of level five, the rate of eliminations as slowed to a trickle with 65 of the 83 starters still seated in the tournament area at Burswood Casino.

5.15pm: Kirk's the captain at this table

Aside from his 11th in the 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event (worth AUD $135,000), the tournament record of Matthew Kirk is modest. But the Perth youngster has fearlessly chosen to chase his fortune in the high stakes cash game arena, where he has quickly earned the respect of the game's finest exponents.

Indeed, Kirk was often spotted in the bigger, and biggest, cash games during the past two editions of the Aussie Millions along side the likes of fellow West Australian Jeff Lisandro. So far today, it's been steady as she goes for Kirk, who's hovered around the chip average since the opening hand of the day.