ANZPT Perth: Day 2, level 8-9 updates
2.30pm: Hachem's kings rule Steicke
Could he do it again? Tony Hachem has just doubled through David Steicke to take his stack north of 65,000 as he aims for an incredible sixth ANZPT cash in seven events.
Steicke shoved all-in over the top of the PokerStars.net Team Australia pro's re-raise, Hachem called and showed pocket kings. Steicke revealed A♥ 9♦ but the board of K♠ J♣ 2♦ 8♥ 7♠ brought him no joy. He bowed out just a few hands later.
Sean O'Reilly's rough start to the day turned a corner when he KOed Jeffrey Garrett, while Irene Holzmann and Ivan Tan have also been eliminated. For the first time, the entire field is now seated in the tournament area with 79 of the 112 players still eyeing the cash.
2.15pm: Tu Le, truly
There are several new names near the top of the chip count after the first 90 minutes of play on day of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event here at Burswood Casino. Tu Le tops the count on 165,000, while local favourite Jimmy Wong is only marginally behind on 155,000.
Another Perth player, Aleks Lackovic (who finished runner-up to Eric Assadourian in the 2006 Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event) is on 125,000 ahead of Roman Konopacki. Both Joon Hyun and Dale Marsland deserve a mention - they started with around 25,000 apiece but have climbed to 110,000 after less than two hours of play.
1.50pm: Level 9 (500/1000, ante 100)
PokerStars.net Team Australian Pro Grant Levy has shot up the chip count after KOing Nicholas Hampton and Japan's Kei Shimizu and winning another big pot in the opening level. From a starting stack of just over 34,000, the 2007 APPT Grand Final winner is now on more than 100,000. Tu Le has been the other big mover so far today, doubling his starting stack of 84,000 to almost 170,000.
In contrast, the tournament is over for PokerStars Player Hugh Cohen (at the hands of PokerStars Qualifier Leo Boxell), Sean Dunwoodie claimed the scalp of Nafiz Safi while the Butcher twins have been separated due to the elimination of Todd. With 40 minutes to go in level nine, 86 of the 112 starters are still seated with the chip average up to 50,000.
1.30pm: Eric exits
The rate of eliminations has increased in the past 20 minutes, with the latest departures including Malcolm Corderoy (pocket sevens against the pocket aces of Eoin Kennedy), Fred Chaptini and the short-stacked Nick Nicolaou.
Burswood poker ambassador and Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend Jeff Lisandro has also been sent to the rail after Kyle Cheong's A-J improved to trip aces against the pocket nines of the 2009 WSOP Player of the Year.
And we've just watched PokerStars.net Team Australia pro Eric Assadourian gather his personal items after an opponent flopped the nut straight against the Sydneysider's A-8.
1.15pm: Slow out of the stalls
It's been a surprisingly sedate start to day two with just four players eliminated in the first 20 minutes of play. Andrew Streeton was first to go while down in the poker room, where four of the 13 tables in use are situated, PokerStars Qualifier Adrienne Whareorere ran her short stack into the A-K of Eoin Kennedy with pocket eights only for the Irishman to make trip aces.
There've been double-ups for Jovo Scekic (aces against the A-4 of Steve Musca) while John Lane took a huge slab of Dominic Sinagra's stack when his A-K found an ace on the river against pocket nines. And table 18 is back to its full complement of players after the late arrival of Irene Holzmann and Jonathan Cave. Darn traffic.
12.40pm: Top 10 overall chip counts at the start day 2
Nik Lackovic (Australia) 104,625
Andy Cheng (Australia) 101,425
Joel Dodds (Australia) 97,600
Dominic Sinagra (Australia) 93,350
Aaron Wilson (Australia) 90,950
Kelvin Beattie (Australia) 90,125
Christopher Evans (Australia) 87,600
Tu Le (Australia) 84,425
Jimmy Wong (Australia) 77,925
Aaron Benton (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 74,900
12.30pm: Level 8 (400/800, ante 100)
Welcome to day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event, where players are starting to mill about near the tournament area in Burswood Casino before taking their seats for the first of today's seven levels of play.
A quick look through the seating draw reveals some starters worthy of mention: In addition to our three PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros Tony Hachem, Grant Levy and Eric Assadourian, 2010 Aussie Million champ Tyron Krost, WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro and 2009 APPT Grand Final winner Aaron Benton, the Butcher twins are also back today.
Todd Butcher placed ninth in the opening ANZPT event of the year while Ben Butcher also performed strongly in their hometown of Adelaide. American Mike Stecker, who final-tabled the first ANZPT event ever held in Adelaide last year, is through to day two while reigning Western Classic champion Vesko Zmukic is well positioned with 62,675.
Structure for today's play is:
Level 8: 400/800 (ante 100)
Level 9: 500/1000 (ante 100)
Level 10: 600/1200 (ante 200)
Level 11: 800/1600 (ante 200)
Level 12: 1000/2000 (ante 300)
Level 13: 1200/2400 (ante 400)
Level 14: 1500/3000 (ante 500)