ANZPT Sydney day 2: Level 13 (1200/2400, ante 300) & 14 (1500/3000, ante 300) updates
7pm: It's Tamara time
Tamara Volkoff has been nursing a short stack towards the money and just received a much-needed injection of funds after flopping a set of aces against an opponent's pocket 10s. She's up to 70,000. Michael Guttman's tournament is also over after he ran jacks into aces. With just over 15 minutes left in level 14, there are 68 players left, 14 short of the money.
6.45pm: Set-sational for Yeung
Emad Tahtouh's hopes of a first ANZPT cash have taken a severe dent, while Danny Yeung is the new chip leader on 370,000 as a result of the same hand. On a flop of K-4-3, Yeung checked, Tahtouh bet 13,000, Yeung made it 40,000, Tahtouh announced "all-in" and Yeung called. Tahtouh showed A-K but Yeung revealed pocket fours. The turn and river didn't improve either hand.
6.30pm: 20 to go
The 209 players who took their seats at the start of day two have been reduced to just 74 heading into the second last level of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Another Sydney veteran Roy Vandersluis has bowed out after Simon Palmer's A-Q found an ace on the flop against Q-10 while Bruce McPherson doubled through prolific Melbourne poker pro Peter Aristidou after a class aces versus kings showdown.
South Australian Michael Vanderhorst has just claimed the prized scalp of 2010 Aussie Millions champion Tyron Krost after his pocket fives held up against the A-Q of the Sydneysider, who pocketed AUD $2 million for his victory at Crown in January.
6.15pm: Jane says
There are three female players still in the hunt for a spot in the money. Jane Howard just strengthened her claims after doubling through Tian Shou with A-Q against A-7, taking her stack to more than 55,000. Sally Snow and Tamara Volkoff are also eyeing an in-the-money finish. Volkoff was the highest placed female in the ANZPT Perth Main Event, but finished out of the money.
Tian Shou was down to just 40,000 barely 20 minutes ago, but has rocketed to 210,000 thanks to two big hands. He tripled up when his 7-9 was all over the board of 6-K-8-2-10 against pocket sixes and A-Q before again doubling up a few minutes later. But his stack is dwarfed by that of Sydney veteran Mike Ivin. A regular on the poker scene dating back two decades, Ivin is on 300,000 and holds the chip lead with just over two hours to play.
5.40pm: Oh really? It's O'Grady
Michael O'Grady has been the big mover early in level 13 after filling a flush on the turn against the pocket 10s of Tian Shou. O'Grady climbs to almost 250,000 while Shou is down to barely 40,000. Local poker icon Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou just dispatched Liam Moffet to the rail after his A-9 connected on the flop against Moffet's A-Q. "The Toothpick" is up to 135,000.
The remaining 90 players have been condensed into 10 tables at one end of the Star City Poker Room with scores of spectators packed around the remaining tables. We might need to exercise some rugby skills to maintain coverage throughout the rest of the evening.
5.15pm: Trio on top
Despite the massive number of chips in play, no monster leader has emerged after more than four hours of play on day two in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Zane Ly, Michael O'Grady and Dale Marsland are on 220,000, while PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros Emad Tahtouh (155,000), Lee Nelson (150,000) and Tony Hachem (120,000) are still looking solid. The clock has ticked past 5pm local time, meaning Friday drinks for the work-a-week crowd. Schooners of Tooheys seem to be the beverage of choice. Yes please.
5pm: Emad edges back
Players are back from an extended 15-minute break with three hours to play on day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event. The remaining 99 players will almost certainly be slashed to the bubble of 54 before the evening's end.
After Dan Sing acquired a reasonable slice of his stack, PokerStars.net Team Australia's Emad Tahtouh is back to 155,000 after he KOed ANZPT Adelaide third-place finisher Octavian Voegele with A-K against A-Q. Perth schoolteacher Dale Marsland appears to be the chip leader with approximately 210,000.