ANZPT Adelaide Day 4: Levels 20 & 21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)
2:15pm: Ten-minute break
2:10pm: Three-bet aggression
Finally we're seeing a little aggression, but we expect nothing less from Jesse McKenzie and Octavian Voegele, as they, along with Jeff Rossiter, are the most aggressive players at this final table.
Andrew Dales is the player who copped the brunt of it, having to fold in consecutive hands to three-bet raises.
In the first hand, Dales raised to 37,000 and McKenzie bumped it up to 97,000. Dales let it go, but he tried again next hand with a raise to 41,000. McKenzie called, before Voegele three-bet to 125,000. Both opponents folded as Dales slips to 350,000.
1:45pm: Steady as she goes
It's been very slow going over the past thirty minutes with very few hands of note to report. Jeff Rossiter has pushed his short stack all in on a few occasions but, with no takers, he only captured the blinds and antes.
The most interesting thing to happen recently was John Apostolidis receiving a second and firm warning to speak English only at the table.
1:20pm: Voegele finds a river
One end of the table is getting particularly heavy with Octavian Voegele grabbing a big pot from John Apostolidis to reclaim the chip lead.
However he had to do it the hard way. Voegele opened with a preflop raise with Apostolidis making the call to see a J♠K♣3♥ flop. Voegele fired 50,000 but Apostolidis re-raised to 100,000. Voegele called and both players checked the 4♠ turn. On the Q♠ river Voegele checked, Apostolidis fired another 100,000 and Voegele called.
Apostolidis had a pair as he opened pocket eights but he'd been rivered as Voegele showed Q♣9♣. Voegele is up to 1.45 million with Apostolidis down to 200,000.
1:15pm: Level up, blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000
1:05pm: McKenzie five-bets into chip lead
We've just seen a huge preflop raising war between Charles Caris and Jesse McKenzie, that resulted in a huge laydown.
Caris opened to 34,000 before McKenzie put in a three-bet to 79,000. Caris wasn't done with just yet as he four-bet to 194,000. McKenzie got involved in a heavy five-bet pot yesterday, and he did the same today as he announced himself all in. Caris went into the tank for a long time but eventually open-folded Q♠Q♣.
McKenzie quietly slid his cards into the muck and jumped into the chip lead with 1.3 million in chips.
12:55pm: Let's chop one
Charles Caris opened to 29,000 from the hijack position with Ian Parnell, Danny Chevalier and Octavian Voegele making the call. It was four ways to the flop of 8♣Q♥2♣ and action checked to Parnell who bet 65,000. Chevalier called as the two others stepped aside.
The turn was the J♦ and Parnell checked to Chevalier who bet 100,000. Parnell snap-called and the 8♥ completed the board on the river.
Parnell checked again and Chevalier moved all in, but Parnell snap-called! The crowd were on their feet but it was rather anti-climactic in the end as Chevalier's A♠Q♦ was matched by Parnell's A♥Q♠. Chop it up!
12:45pm: Dales recovers
Jeff Rossier opened to 27,000 and found two callers in the blinds in Danny Chevalier and Andrew Dales. All three checked the T♣3♦2♦ flop before the 4♣ hit the turn. Chevalier bet 45,000 but Dales came over the top for all of his chips. Rossiter folded and Chevalier thought for a moment before also tossing his cards into the muck.
Dales flashed the T♥ to get his stack moving back in the right direction.
12:35pm: Oliver Grujic eliminated in 9th place
We've had our first elimination of the day as Oliver Grujic moved all in preflop with T♠T♥ but ran into the K♠K♥ of Ian Parnell.
The board ran out 3♣A♠6♦J♣9♥ and there was no ten to save Grujic as he departed in 9th place for a collect of $11,040.
12:30pm: Voegele turns up the heat
Octavian Voegele opened with a raise to 27,000 from under the gun before Andrew Dales three-bet it to 62,000 in the small blind. Voegele made the call as they saw a flop of 6♦2♥6♣.
Dales led out for 54,000 before Voegele declared himself all in. Dales cut down his 325,000 chip stack but decided to let it go as the rich get richer!
12:25pm: Timid start
Unlike the rocketing start to yesterday's play, things have been a little timid in the early stages of today's play.
John Apostolidis was the first to get his stack into the middle when he three-bet shoved over an opening raise from Andrew Dales. Apostolidis flashed pocket kings as Dales folded.
12:15pm: Final Table Underway!
Welcome back to the Adelaide Casino Poker Zone for the final table of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event.
The final table set has been setup with lights, cameras and Helium balloons in readiness for an exciting day of poker ahead.
Here's how they'll line up:
Seat 1: Oliver Grugjic (Australia) - 281,000
Seat 2: Jeff Rossitter (Australia) - 383,000
Seat 3: John Apostolidis (Australia) - 255,000
Seat 4: Charles Caris (Australia) - 846,000
Seat 5: Ian Parnell (Australia) - PokerStars Qualifier - 289,000
Seat 6: Danny Chevalier (Australia) - 500,000
Seat 7: Andrew Dales (Australia) - PokerStars Qualifier - 484,000
Seat 8: Jesse McKenzie (Australia) - PokerStars Player - 915,000
Seat 9: Octavian Voegele (Australia) - 1,088,000
Poker Room Manager David Galpin has introduced each of the players and the cards are now in the air!