ANZPT Perth: Day 2, level 14 updates
8pm: Levy left in the lurch
Grant Levy's gallant run in the ANZPT Perth Main Event has come to an end. The stack of the PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro had steadily dwindled throughout the afternoon, and the end came when he was all-in with A-7 against the pocket 10s of Aleks Lackovic.
The board came 4-2-9-Q-9, leaving Levy in search of his first ANZPT cash while Lackovic recovered some ground, climbing to 150,000. Levy's elimination, and that of Kyle Cheong, means 31 players are chasing one of 24 spots in the cash. There's less than 20 minutes to go on day two.
7.40pm: Kono-packin' a punch
Roman Konopacki has bolted to a big chip lead after dispatching Kristian Lunardi to the rail. The 2010 Aussie Millions six-handed champion shoved all-in on the river with the board showing K♣ A♥ 5♠ 6♠ J♠, with Konopacki making the call. Lunardi showed Q♦ [10h] for the straight, but Konopacki revealed A♠ [10s] for the flush. That hand took him to 520,000, more than twice the size of the next biggest stack. With the eliminations of Lunardi, Ben Ulstrup and William Dunn, the field is down to 33, just six short of the money with less than 30 minutes to play.
7.30pm: The Carnevale is over
It's well and truly beer o'clock in Burswood Casino as the 9-5ers make their across the Swan River from the CBD for a Friday beverage or two. It's not quite opening call for the remaining 37 players in the ANZPT Perth Main Event, with 37 players facing an agonising 45 minutes before day's end.
But Rennie Carnevale is free to order his first for the evening after bowing out in 37th place. After losing the bulk of his chips in a hand with bottom two pair (deuces and fours) against top two pair (aces and eights), Carnevale's tournament ended when his A-Q failed to connect against an opponent's pocket aces. That leaves Tony Hachem as the only player who finished in the money in Adelaide who can make it two for two.
7.10pm: The Roman empire
Aleks Lackovic is pacing the tournament area, and giving his stress ball a serious workout, after losing a massive pot to Roman Konopacki. In a cooler hand for the former chip leader, Konopacki shoved all-in on the flop of A-A-5 with Lackovic coming along for the ride. It was A-Q for Konopacki against the almost helpless A-J for Lackovic. The turn (8) and river (7) brought no joy for Lackovic as he shipped two-thirds of his stack to Konopacki, leaving him with 105,000. The ecstatic Konopacki is our new chip leader on 330,000.