ANZPT Perth: Day 3, level 19-21 updates
8pm: Level 21 (8000/16,000, ante 2000)
Three short stacks - Ray Ellis, Eoin Kennedy and Wade Beavis - hung on grimly, with Ellis the most aggressive of the trio. Ellis' latest shove was met with a call from chip leader Zaffer Soemya for a pot worth approximately 300,000 (Aleks Lackovic mucked pocket eights from the big blind). It was Soemya's A♣ Q♥ against the J♣ 9♣ of Ellis. The board ran out a raggy 5♠ 4♣ 7♦ K♦ 4♠, Ellis was out in 10th and the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event final table was decided.
7.30pm: Two times Tu
On the final hand before the break, Tu Le once again shoved all-in, this time for 218,000 with Aleks Lackovic making the call after a couple of minutes' thought. He was in great shape, holding A♣ K♠ against Tu Le's K♦ J♣ but the board came 7♥ K♣ [10c] J♦ 3♦ giving Tu Le a timely double-up to 450,000.
7pm: The fall of Roman
After showing the patience of a saint for much of the day, a short-stacked Tony Hachem called the all-in of Roman Konopacki, showing red nines. Konopacki's A-7 needed help, and it didn't arrive on a board that flowed 9♠ 3♣ 6♦ K♦ Q♣. Konopacki is out in 11th, while Hachem is up to 300,000 and on the cusp of successive ANZPT final tables. We're just one elimination away from deciding the ANZPT Perth Main Event final table.
6.30pm: Level 20 (6000/12,000, ante 1000)
Tu Le continues to ship chips to the other end of table 19 after another massive hand against Zaffer Soemya. Tu Le called Soemya's all-in after the flop of 7♠ 9♠ Q♣. Soemya showed 9♥ 9♣ for middle set, and Tu Le swung his head back in compete frustration before turning over 7♥ 7♣ for bottom set. The turn 6♠ and river 8♥ have Soemya the pot and the chip lead on 910,000. Tu Le is down to just 220,000 after holding more than one million less than 90 minutes ago.
6.15pm: All hail Dale
Dale Marsland elected to take a stand after a frustrating couple of hours where he's folded hands to big pre-flop raises and re-raises. On a board showing 3♠ 6♠ 7♠ Q♣, Marsland shoved his remaining 200,000 chips into a pot of almost 300,000. Jimmy Wong, who's kept Marsland on his toes for most of the days, reluctantly sent his cards into the muck. It's been almost an hour since the last elimination, and we remain at 11 players.
6pm: Let's go high rollin'
Against the backdrop of a dramatic day three in the ANZPT Perth Main Event, the AUD $4000 buy-in ANZPT Perth High Stakes events is about to kick-off. The field of 14 players features Burswood poker ambassador Jeff Lisandro, 2010 Aussie Million champion Tyron Krost, young guns Steve Leonard, Kristian Lunardi and Daniel Neilson, wily veteran Leo Boxell, prolific Melbourne player Peter Aristidou and South Australian duo Pierre Aoukar and Fred Chaptini. The local contingent includes Michael Pedley, Kent Hunter, Jovo Scekic, Lynn Brooks, Sandy and Gary Retallick, Nino Marotta and Bernard Beh.
5.45pm: Tu Le farewells half of his stack
No eliminations, but some enthralling action here in the tournament area at Burswood Casino in the closing stages of day three in the ANZPT Perth Main Event. In response to a raise and call, day two chip leader Roman Konopacki shoved all-in pre-flop for almost 200,000. Tony Hachem thought long and hard before mucking, but Jimmy Wong needed a coin to make his decision. The flips came heads two, tails one, and Jimmy decided to muck his pocket eights.
Over at table 19, massive action ensued between Zaffer Soemya and chip leader Tu Le. Soemya raised pre-flop, Tu Le re-raised, Soemya called and they saw a flop of 8♥ K♠ 8♦. Soemya bet 60,000, Le made it 150,000, Soemya called and the turn fell 7♦.
Someya shoved in his last 17,000, Le called and both sheepishly showed their hands - Someya showed A♣ Q♥ for air, but he had Tu Le had even less: 4♥ 5♥. The river came Q♦, giving Someya a pair and a pot of more than 500,000. Wow.
5.20pm: Level 19 (5000/10,000, ante 1000)
Players have just returned from the second break of the day with just two eliminations required to decide the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event final table. One of the biggest rails in ANZPT history is huddled two and three deep around the two tournament tables, with the locals harnessing most of the support. The average stack of the 11 players is just shy of 400,000, with chip leader Tu Le holding more than 950,000.