ANZPT Perth: Day 2, level 10-11 updates
4.40pm: One down, one remains
In the early hours of this morning, Aleks and Nik Lackovic took out the ANZPT Perth teams event. Their hopes of carrying such form throughout day two have ended with Nik's elimination. His last stand came with Q-J against the pocket eights of Roman Konopacki, but the board of 4-7-2-K-A missed Lackovic. Tu Le remains the chip leader on 240,000, ahead of Chris Evans (220,000), Jimmy Wong (165,000), Aleks Lackovic (160,000) and Aaron Benton (150,000).
4.20pm: Aussie Millions champ departs
Recently crowned Aussie Millions champion Tyron Krost has become the latest victim of Sanjiv Maniam. It was the 9♠ 9♣ of Krost against A♠ K♥ for Maniam, with the board flowing A♦ 2♣ [10c] 7♠ 7♥ to send the Sydneysider on his way. Earlier, Maniam won a big pot against local Nik Lackovic, who is down to barely 20,000 after leading into day two.
Deborah Fisher and PokerStars Qualifier Lizzie Clarke (aces against a set of 10s) have been other recent casualties, while Rennie Carnevale has just double through Brian McAllister to climb back to 70,000. There's 20 minutes remaining in level 11, with 58 players still standing and a chip average of 74,200.
4pm: Level 11 (800/1600, ante 200)
Action has slowed considerably in the past 30 minutes, with just one departure either side of the increase in blinds from level 10 to 11. That player was former chip leader Andy Cheng, who shoved with pocket aces after the flop only to find fellow West Australian Dale Marsland holding 6-9 for the nut straight. Marsland is the new chip leader on 210,000.
We've also just lost the father of PokerStars.net Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang, Yow Hui "Jack" Ng. His pocket twos raced an opponent's K-Q, with a king landing on the flop. But there've been timely double-ups for Kristian Lunardi and Michael Pedley as the short stacks come under constant attack.
3.45pm: Vesko's straight flushed away
Reigning Western Classic champion Vesko Zmukic has been cruising along nicely today but has just been almost felted in one of the bigger hands of the day. With the board showing 7♦ 8♣ 9♥ 4♦, Zmukic bet 30,000, Bruno Da Silva shoved in for an extra 18,000, another player called off his short stack and Zmukic called, showing (10s] 6♥ for the straight.
Da Silva revealed 9♦ 8♦ for the flush draw, and the other player held A♦ J♣. Much to Zmukic's horror, Da Silva filled his flush with the river [qd, sparking a vocal celebration from the Queenslander. Zmukic is down to 20,000 from 80,000, while Da Silva is up to 140,000.
3.20pm: Nines are just fine for Benton
Last month, Aaron Benton was cheering his good mate Rennie Carnevale to victory in the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. They're now seated at the same table, where Benton has made an immediate impact.
With all the money in the middle, the 2009 APPT Grand Final winner just flopped quads nines - the flop came A-9-9 - and sent his unfortunate opponent (holding pocket aces) to the rail. Even the toughest judge would class that one in the bad beat category.
Chris minesony Evans is the new chip leader on 195,000, marginally ahead of Tu Le (190,000) and Jimmy Wong (160,000). We're at the mid-point of level 10 with 66 of the 112 starters still here and the average stack at 65,000.
3pm: Level 10 (600/1200, ante 100)
Just minutes after Eric Assadourian was KOed from the event, his partner Lizzie Clarke was seated at the same table, and is having much better fortune. A PokerStars Qualifier, Lizzie has stayed around the chip average virtually since the opening hand and holds 52,000. Former chip leader Nik Lackovic has also just been moved to the same table.
There isn't the normal buzz of a major poker tournament here in Burswood, but that's not for a lack of action. Players in a hand are not allowed to chat with each other, which presented a challenge for chatterboxes like Eric, but the quietly spoken Lizzie is relishing the relative peace and quiet.