ANZPT Sydney day 3: Level 18 (4000/8000, ante 500) & 19 (5000/10,000, ante 1000) updates
4.45pm: Hachem's hopes dashed
Tony Hachem's astounding run of seven cashes in eight ANZPT events has been confirmed, but his hopes of a third successive ANZPT final table have ended in 29th. Hachem shoved over the top of Danny Yeung's raise to 85,000 with A♦ K♥, with Yeung making the call and showing J♦ J♣. Spectators packed around the table to watch the board flow 7♠ 2♦ [3h [10s] J♠ to eliminate the final PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro in the field.
4.30pm: Wan, Cohen join exodus
Winner of the $1000 NLHE event at the 2008 Aussie Millions, Vincent Wan now has an ANZPT cash to his name after his 5♥ [10h] failed to connect on a board of 3♣ Q♣ 2♠ 6♠ 3♥ against the A♦ [10c] of Wan. He is the 31st-place finisher. Joel Cohen takes home $4460 for 30th after shoving in the last of his chips with pocket kings, only to run into Omer Silajdzija's pocket aces. To rub salt into the wound, a third ace landed on the river.
4.15pm: End for Middleditch
Eliminations continue in a steady stream with the latest player to hit the rail Andrew Middleditch. Fresh from a final table appearance in the Main Event and victory in the South Island Championship at the 2010 New Zealand Poker Championships, Middleditch adds a 33rd to his tournament CV after his A-Q started and stayed behind the pocket queens of Qi Xu.
He was followed to the cashier's cage by Peter Aristidou, who takes home $4460. His second ANZPT cash of 2010 was confirmed after his J-9 ran into the A-K of Danny Mikhail, with the board being dealt 10-7-5-5-6.
4pm: Kroesen knocked out
It's taken just over three hours to slash the field from 59 to 34 on day three of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Make that 33 after Ricky Kroesen raced his A-K against the pocket jacks of Ka Fang, with the board of Q♠ 7♠ 6♥ 6♣ 5♦ eliminating the Queenslander. Blinds have just ticked up to level 19 (5000/10,000 with an ante of 1000).
3.35pm: Fang strikes, Snow melts
There are 35 players still seated in the Star City Poker Room late in level 18 of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Despite a chip average of more than 250,000 no player holds more than the 520,000 of Michael O'Grady and Ka Fang, while several players hold more than 400,000.
The Poker Star contestant Sally Snow shoved twice with her short stack of 70,000 only to chop with Ricky Kroesen (both held A-K) and Ka Fang (both held A-J) before bowing out in 35th. Earlier Bruce Hall headed to the cage to collect $4460 in prizemoney for 36th.
3.15pm: Down to 37
Still they fall - Gaetano Scaravilli was confirmed in 40th when his K-J failed to improve against the A-Q of Danny Mikhail. Vince Gibson followed on the next hand after Ka Fang flopped a set of kings against Gibson's A-10. He takes home $4014, as does Michael Kahale who bowed out in 38th. After being down to less than 20,000, Shannon Chapman has rebounded to 125,000 after twice doubling up in recent hands.
3pm: Toothpick tamed
Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou has been KOed from his "home" ANZPT event after Michael Kahale's A-K held up against A-7. Kambouroglou is the 43rd-place finisher. In a hectic few minutes before the first break of the day, Dale Marsland bowed out in 42nd after Cale MacLean's A♥ [10c] outkicked the West Australian's [10h] 8♥ on a board of 3♥ 7♣ 5♠ [10d] 7♥.
Yann Pauchon followed in 41st when Quoc Ngyuen's pocket kings improved to a full-house on a flop of J-J-J against A-10. Pauchon adds another cash to his impressive CV after finishing in the money in three events at the recent Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series in Melbourne.