ANZPT Perth: Day 2, level 12-13 updates
7pm: Bresland bows out
Jason Bresland is the 38th placed player in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event. His elimination came as we tick into the final 15 minutes of level 13. There'll be one more 10-minute break before the final hour of the day. Just 37 players remain of the 112 who took their seats at 12.30pm, with the chip average more than 115,000.
6.40pm: Eights are great for Aleks
Aleks Lackovic has just taken down a massive pot against another big stack, Roman Konopacki. Lackovic called bets on the flop and turn as the board fell 4-A-2-2. He then bet the river 8, with Konopacki making the call. Lackovic showed pocket eights for a rivered set, while Konopacki's A-K was shipped to the muck. The pot was worth more than 200,000, taking Lackovic to within a whisker of 300,000. But the tournament is over for two other well known local players, Dominic Sinagra and past Sapphire Series champion Jovo Scekic.
6.25pm: Points race heats-up
There's just over 90 minutes of play remaining on day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Main Event, with 40 players in the hunt for one of the 24 places in the money. Bruno Da Silva's hopes of a second ANZPT cash for season two have ended with his elimination in 41st position. That leaves Rennie Carnevale and Tony Hachem as the only two players who finished in the money in the season opener in line for successive ANZPT cashes and a swag of ANZPT Player of the Year points.
6.10pm: Level 13 (1200/2400, ante 300)
ANZPT Player of the Year Tony Hachem is again headed towards the money after he crippled Michael Lipari. It was pocket kings for Hachem against A-J for Lipari. A bogey hand for Hachem in the last ANZPT event, the kings held firm this time around on a board that flowed 4-J-2-6-7. That propelled Hachem back to more than 70,000 and left Lipari with a single 100 chip. He bowed out on the next hand.
Recent departures included American Mike Stecker, Ben Butcher, Paul Satzke, Nick Penklis and Kelvin Beattie. Aleks Lackovic is the chip leader on 240,000, ahead of Roman Konopacki on 220,000.
5.55pm: 20 short of the money
The action is coming thick and fast late in level 12 with just 44 players remaining on day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event. Recent departures have included Melbourne's Tamara Volkoff, the last remaining female in the field, and 2009 ANZPT points race third-place finisher Joel Dodds, whose A-10 was overrun by the A-K of Kristian Lunardi when the flop fell A-K-4.
5.40pm: Swede's send-off
Having been almost down the felt at numerous points of the day, the brave run of Swedish PokerStars Qualifier Theodor Lothman has ended. Local player Ryan Bochorsky called the Swede's all-in with pocket queens, which prevailed against A-Q on a board of 2-6-8-J-6.
Ben Butcher, who placed ninth in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event, has also been eliminated. Aleks Lackovic has climbed to within a sniff of Tu Le's chip lead after dispatching fellow local Joon Hyun. Lackovic is up to 220,000.
5.30pm: Rennie muscles Pedley to the rail
After working so hard to promote the virtues of his hometown and help attract a record-breaking field to the first ANZPT Perth Main Event, PokerStars Sponsored Player Michael Pedley has fallen frustratingly short of a finish in the money. He was eliminated after sending his Q-J to battle against the pocket 10s of champion powerlifter Rennie Carnevale, but a board of 8-4-6-A-5 missed Pedley's hand, marking the end of his tournament.
5pm: Level 12 (1000/2000, ante 200)
Four levels down, three to go on day two here at Burswood Casino in Perth, Western Australia for the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event. Of the 112 day two starters, just 55 remain - 31 away from the money.
The hopes of Adelaide's Michael Vanderhorst ended on the final hand of level 10 when he marched two pair, 10s and nines, into the turned straight of Sean Dunwoodie. The former Queenslander, who now lives here in Perth, improved his stack to 120,000.
The quiet achiever award of the day goes to PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Grant Levy. After a solid start to the day, Levy has steadily chipped up and now resides comfortably in the top five stacks with just shy of 200,000. Tu Le remains the chip leader on 235,000.