ANZPT Sydney 1B: Level 5 (150/300, ante 25) & 6 (200/400, ante 50) updates
6.40pm: Levy's leavin'
Grant Levy is the first PokerStars.net Team Australia pro to be KOed on day 1B. His tournament life was decided by a race - jacks against A-Q - with queen on the river sending the 2007 APPT Grand Final winner and Star City poker ambassador to the rail. A runner-up finish in last night's ANZPT High Rollers event, worth almost AUD $70,000, should help ease the pain.
6.20pm: Grigg on the go
Tom Grigg burst on to the live scene late last year at APPT Sydney with victory in the Semi-Shootout Bounty event before placing fifth in the Main Event for more than AUD $130,000. He also cashed in the first ANZPT event for 2010 in Adelaide. He's been a big mover in the past 30 minutes after taking down a nice pot with 7-8 on a board of J-8-9-2-3, and takes 35,000 in to the final 150 minutes of play on day 1B.
6pm: Spotlight on six
Table six has been the focus of attention in recent minutes, where PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem, Van Marcus, Sheldon Mayer, Dan Sing and Chris Kittos are butting heads. Ben Savage just left the table after is battle with a short stack ended. His remaining chips were committed with 10-7 on a flop of J-10-5. An opponent showed pocket queens, and Savage was out.
Marcus then took down a big pot after he rivered a straight with A-K against an opponent's pocket aces. Sing grimaced, as the pocket queens he folded would have improved to a full-house on the river.
5.45pm: Ben savaged
As was the case yesterday, the exodus has been steady throughout the afternoon with recent departures including Tim Horan, Dean Nyberg, ANZPT Perth runner-up Aleks Lackovic and Jeff Lisandro. Ben Savage's hopes of successive ANZPT cashes is also in precarious shape after surviving an all-in against Van Marcus to propel his stack up to 8000, still far from safety.
5.30pm: $220k for ANZPT Sydney champ
The official prizepool for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event has been announced, with AUD $892,000 up for grabs and 54 players guaranteed a slice of the pie. The winner will take home AUD $219,432, while each final table participant is assured at least AUD $16,948. The minimum payout will be AUD $3568. But we're still along way from the money, with 217 of the 282 day 1B starters still seated in the Star City Poker Room with 30 minutes to play in level five.
5.15pm: Storm all the talk
There's a discernible buzz in the Star City Poker Room after the breaking news that the Melbourne Storm have been stripped of two National Rugby League premierships due to salary cap breaches. For a rugby-mad town like Sydney, that's about as big as news gets, and especially when it's served up to a rival city like Melbourne. Rugby fans like PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Grant Levy are in shock.
5pm: Chipping away at "The Iceman"
The biggest name in today's field is Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend and 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro. But it's been tough going for the four-time WSOP bracelet winner, who was just halved by Tim English when the Melburnian's A-9 played against Lisandro's A-6. Both players bold around 12,000 in chips. Players have just returned from the second break of the day with 225 of the 282 starters chasing a spot in tomorrow's day two field. We're just waiting for confirmation of the final number, which currently sits at 446.