ANZPT Adelaide Day 2: Level 15 (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)
6:30pm: That's a wrap
The final hands have come and gone without incident and the final 36 players are bagging up their chips. They'll return tomorrow at 12:15pm to try and reach the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event final table. Leading the way is likely to be Ian Parnell who surged in the final level of the day to claim the lead ahead of Jesse McKenzie.
We'll have a wrap of the day's action and official chip counts for you shortly.
6:25pm: Khoury ends with a rush
Stuart MacLeod-Smith started things off with a raise to 10,600 before Joey Lovelady made it 25,000. Action was then with Paul Khoury who moved all in for a total of 58,500. The blinds folded, as did Smith, but Lovelady was committed to the call.
"You're in front," said Lovelady as he opened A♣T♥ but he in fact had the lead against Khoury's K♠Q♠.
However Khoury took the lead on the 7♠Q♣9♥ flop and things only got better on the 2♠ turn and 5♠ river. Khoury more than doubles to 135,000 with Lovelady slipping down to 150,000.
6:20pm: Six more hands
Adelaide Casino Poker Room Manager David Galpin has just announced that he's satisfied that we've gone long enough today, and with ten minutes left on the clock in this level, he's decided that play will cease at the end of this level.
Each table will play six more hands and then we're done for the day.
6:15pm: Parnell derails Smith
The rollercoaster ride has come to an abrupt end for Alec Smith, and this time it was him on the receiving end of some misfortune.
He got it all in with K♦K♣ against Ian Parnell who held J♦J♣ but a third jack on the 6♥J♦5♠T♦A♦ board gave Parnell the monster pot and ended the run of Smith.
Parnell is now our chip leader with 350,000.
6:10pm: Three-high good enough for Smith
It's certainly been an interesting day for Alec Smith. He's been up and down like a yo-yo, and at times demonstrated he's willing to push with any two cards.
You'd think 2♦3♣ is certainly within the definition of any two cards, as Smith just open-shoved the button for 65,000 with that hand to attempt to steal the blinds, but Jesse McKenzie woke up with A♠K♣ in the big blind and made the call.
You got the feeling that we were about to see something a little sick and the poker Gods agreed as the board landed 6♠J♣6♦3♠9♥. A little pair of threes enough for Smith to double to 130,000 as McKenzie dropped back to 270,000.
6:00pm: McKenzie sets up Whelan
Jesse McKenzie started the day as our chip leader, but some rocky moments early in the day sent him back down the chip count leaderboard. However he's jumped back to the top once again after the recent elimination of Patrick Whelan.
McKenzie fired a bet of 10,000 on a flop of 9♦7♠8♥ before Whelan check-raised all in. McKenzie quickly called with 7♥7♣ for a set of sevens but he'd have to fade some cards as Whelan was drawing with his K♥T♥. The turn was the 5♣ and river the A♦ to miss Whelan and send him to the rail as McKenzie is now up to 320,000.
5:50pm: Ellis crippled
George Vassilopoulos and Ray Ellis clashed in a preflop battle with Vassilopoulos running his A♦K♥ into Ellis' K♦K♠.
Vassilopoulos looked like he was heading out the door but the board of 8♠9♥5♥A♣6♥ paired Vassilopoulos' ace to double up to 130,000 and leave Ellis crippled.
Ellis was able to find a double up moments later and he still has a pulse with 30,000 chips.
5:45pm: Octavian drops back into the pack
Octavian Voegele has been virtually unstoppable over the past two days, but his empire is starting to crumble as he's just doubled up both John Apostolidis and Danny Chevalier in rapid succession.
The first hand was a standard cooler as Voegele ran his pocket kings into the pocket aces of Apostolidis. A third ace on the flop sealed the deal as Apostolidis doubled to 245,000.
Moments later and this time it was Danny Chevalier who was all in for his tournament life with K♥Q♦ as Voegele was in front with A♣K♣. However the board ran out 8♣3♠Q♠Q♣9♥ to give Chevalier trips and a double to 150,000. John Apostolidis celebrated with delight, giving Chevalier a big hug in fact, as Voegele wasn't amused. He's down to 100,000.
5:30pm: Play resumes
The players are back with 41 still remaining in contention for the 2011 PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide title. We believe we'll be playing another two levels this evening before we call it a day, which means we should get close to the money.
Yann Dion is out in front with 300,000 in chips, with Octavian Voegele and Joey Lovelady close behind.