ANZPT Sydney: Final table level 22 (10,000/20,000, ante 2000) & level 23 (12,000/24,000, ante 3000)
2.30pm: O'Grady under attack
Angelo Hanataj is the new chip leader on 2.75 million after taking down a nice pot from the man who led at the start of the day, Michael O'Grady. After a pre-flop raise to 62,000, which O'Grady called, the flop fell 7♠ 3♦ 4♦. O'Grady checked, Hanataj bet 77,000 and O'Grady called.
On the turn 2♠, O'Grady bet 200,00 Hanataj shoved all-in and O'Grady folded (after some serious consideration). Similarly, Mike Ivin and Bernard Gabriel have just taken big pots off O'Grady via aggressive post-flop play. He's down to 1.6 million and taking a breather behind the rail.
2.15pm: "Come in spinner"
It's a long weekend for Australians, and many are making the most of the opportunity to spend a lazy afternoon at Star City Casino. For the first time in eight years, the traditional Aussie game of Two-up is being played today, honouring the diggers who've played the game on battlefields around the world for more than a century and still play the game as part of ANZAC Day commemorations each year.
Two-up is a game, involving a designated "spinner" who throws two coins into the air. Traditionally, pennies are used. Players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both heads up, both tails up, or with one coin a head, and one a tail.
2pm: Cale MacLean eliminated in eight place, AUD $22,746
Cale MacLean's stack headed south almost from the opening hand and ended with his elimination in eighth place. The Newcastle police officer was all-in for his last 320,000 after John Maklouf had opened the betting for 50,000. Angelo Hanataj called, Maklouf folded and it was off to the races.
Hanataj showed A♥ K♦, MacLean held A♦ Q♥, which connected with the flop of 4♣ J♠ Q♥. But Hanataj filled his straight on the turn [10d], the river bricked 3♥ and MacLean was off to the cage to collect his AUD $22,746, while Hanataj is up to 2.3 million.
1.45pm: Omer hits a homer
On a flop of K♥ [10c] J♠ and with 200,000 already in the pot, Omer Silajdzija checked, Michael O'Grady bet 20,000 with calls from John Maklouf and Angelo Hanataj. Silajdzija then shoved over the top for 400,000. After some considerable thought, the others mucked and Silajdzija had his first big pot of the day. Silajdzija - that'll be getting the 'Cmd-V' treatment today!
1.30pm: Fang takes a bite out of MacLean
Ka Ming Fang's short stack is looking a bit healthier after he announced "all-in" on a board showing 8♣ 7♠ 8♦ Q♠. Cale MacLean made the call and showed A♦ 2♠ for complete air, while Fang's J♦ 8♠ looked the goods. The river fell 2♦, Fang climbed to 580,000 and MacLean is back 470,000. There's 20 minutes to play in the opening level of the final table.
1.15pm: Next stop: Canberra
Canberra is Australia's capital and, for a time, it was also the capital of Australian poker. Between 1996 and 2002, the title of national poker champion was awarded at Casino Canberra.
A modest poker program has been established at the casino in recent years but returns to the national poker spotlight on June 11-14 as host venue for the fourth event on season two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT.
The $2200 buy-in ANZPT Canberra Main Event will be capped at 200 players (plus alternates). Freerolls start on PokerStars.net tomorrow (Monday), with cash-entry events to follow in the coming days.
1pm: Tri Nguyen eliminated in ninth place, AUD $16,948
It took just 17 minutes for the field to be reduced to eight after the elimination of Tri Nguyen. H shoved all-in for 290,000 from early position, with Angelo Hanataj making the call. He showed 5♣ 5♠ for a race against the A♦ Q♥ of Nguyen. The board came 4♣ J♣ [10s] 5♦ 8♠ to make a set for Hanataj, who closes to within sight of chip leader Michael O'Grady as a result of that hand.
12.40pm: First blood for Maklouf
No messing about here at Star City - cards are in the air bang on time for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event final table. We've relocated from the Star City Poker Room to an area just outside the 36 Degrees Bar (famed for the 36 different varieties of vodka served there). No-one's ordered a heart-starter just yet. John Maklouf was first out of the stalls with an all-in after a flop of 6♠ J♣ 4♠. Tri Nguyen folded after initially betting 100,000.
Final table seat draw
Seat 1: Michael O'Grady (Sydney) PokerStars Qualifier; 2,314,000
Seat 2: John Maklouf (Sydney) PokerStars Qualifier; 577,000
Seat 3: Mike Ivin (Blue Mountains) 1,027,000
Seat 4: Tri Nguyen (Sydney) 466,000
Seat 5: Cale MacLean (Newcastle) 824,000
Seat 6: Ka Ming Fang (Sydney) 288,000
Seat 7: Angelo Hanataj (Melbourne) 1,987,000
Seat 8: Bernard Gabriel (Sydney) 726,000
Seat 9: Omer Silajdzija (Gold Coast) 627,000