ANZPT Canberra Day 1b: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:20pm: Ten-minute break

2:10pm: Keep on boxing

It's been an amazing year so far for leaping Leo Boxell. After an Aussie Millions gold ring and a final table at the ANZPT Gold Coast, Boxell picked up yet another final table in New Zealand before making his way to this event here in Canberra.

Boxell was chip leader after day one on the Gold Coast and he's started well again today. After four players each paid 525 preflop, there was a little controversy on the 4♣J♠8♦ flop after a dealer error left both blinds short 50 chips. After the floor was called and the blinds paid, just two players were left, including Boxell, after paying 1,250 apiece.
The turn was the T♥ and Boxell led out for 1,700.

"Ok Leo, I can't beat two pair," sighed his opponent as he tossed his cards into the muck. Boxell is up to 26,000.


The unstoppable Leo Boxell carving it up in Canberra

2:00pm: Small one for Watson

Andrew Watson raised to 400 from the button and Sebastian Pagana defended his big blind with a call to see a flop of 3♠8♥9♣. Both players checked before the 4♣ hit the turn. Pagana check-called for 450 as the T♠ hit the river and both players checked it down.

Watson tabled 7♥8♣ for a pair of eights but it was enough to take it down. He's up to 25,000 with Pagana down to 17,000.

1:50pm: Kanaan quick out of the blocks

ANZPT Sydney champ Michael Kanaan is another off to a fast start here this afternoon. Kanaan recently chipped up with a small pot from Billy Jordanou.

Kanaan raised to 400 preflop with Jordanou defending his big blind to see a 3♥7♦6♥ flop. Jordanou checked and Kanaan bet 650. Jordanou made the call as the A♣ hit the turn. Jordanou checked it over to Kanaan who released a second barrel worth 1,100.

"I didn't want to see an ace," sighed Jordanou as he tossed his cards. Kanaan raked in the pot to move up to 27,000.

1:35pm: Rafferty rivers Rennie

After an opening raise from Rennie Carnevale and a three-bet from Tom Rafferty, Carnevale made the call to see a flop of T♦K♠3♥.

Carnevale check-called for 1,400 and the 2♥ appeared on the turn. Carnevale deliberately checked and Rafferty gave it some thought before betting 2,900. Carnevale matched the bet and the river was the J♣.

Carnevale checked once again to Rafferty who threw out 6,000 in chips. Carnevale thought for only a moment or two before he committed to the call.

"Sorry Rennie," said Rafferty apologetically as he revealed A♦Q♥ for the rivered nut straight. Carnevale gave a wry smile before quietly sliding his cards into the muck. Rafferty is now back to 28,000 with Carnevale down to 8,000.

1:20pm: Level up, blinds 75-150

1:10pm: Passive play

It's a rather passive start to the day here on Day 1b as we've seen another example of keeping the pot small with a big pair.

ANZPT Darwin runner up Luke Edwards raised to 600 preflop following a limp and found three callers to take a flop of K♥2♦5♦. Action checked around and the 5♠ hit the turn.

Action again checked to Edwards who this time took a stab of 750. The big blind was the lone caller before both players checked down the 7♥ river. Edwards showed 8♥8♠ but the big blind opened Q♥Q♠ to take it down. Edwards is still in good shape as one of the early leaders with 28,000 chips.

12:55pm: Rafferty gets off cheap

Tom Rafferty has been pretty active on his table so far, but he's currently breathing a sigh of relief as he was let off a little light when his pocket queens ran into pocket aces.
After opening preflop to 300, Rafferty found one caller in Greg Hadaway in the small blind to see a 6♥9♣3♥ flop. Hadaway checked and Rafferty bet 400. Hadaway gave it some thought before making the call as the 8♣ hit the turn.

Again it was checked to Rafferty who fired for a second time for 1,100. Hadaway quickly called this time as the 6♦ completed the board on the river. Again the action was checked to Rafferty who considered his options before tossing out 2,000.

When Hadaway flat-called for the fourth time in the hand, Rafferty opened his Q♠Q♣ assuming it was good, but the entire table was shocked to see Hadaway reveal A♠A♥ for the best hand.

Rafferty slips to 15,000 as the table has now been joined by Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem. It's a solid table that also includes Ben McLean, Tim Napper and Rennie Carnevale.


Tom Rafferty avoids losing his stack with queens against aces

12:35pm: A solid line up

There are plenty of sharks lurking today as the big names roll into town. Some of those in attendance here today include Michael Guzzardi, Manny Rodrigues, Tim Napper, Rennie Carnevale, Luke Edwards, Leo Boxell, Andrew Watson, Oliver Grujic, Tom Rafferty, Dale Townsend, Andrew Scarf, Dennis Huntly, Todor Kondevski, Jarred Graham, Ben McLean, Tony Tartaglia, Sebastian Pagana, Danny Chevalier, ANZ POY leader Jesse McKenzie, ANZPT Sydney champ Michael Kanaan, Aussie Millions champion David Gorr, ANZPT Gold Coast winner Peter Matusik and, of course, Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem.

12:25pm: Scarf gets frisky early

Andrew Scarf and Michael Kanaan haven't wasted any time getting to know each other on Table 10. It was a battle of the blinds as we caught Andrew Scarf betting 250 from the big blind on the flop of A♣T♣A♥. Kanaan called before both players checked the Q♥ turn.

The river was the 3♠ which looked like a blank and Kanaan checked it again to Scarf. 1,225 was the amount that Scarf decided upon - a hefty overbet that confused Kanaan. He eventually made the call and Scarf showed J♦4♦ for the airball as Kanaan took it down with Q♠T♦.

12:20pm: Play underway!

The players have settled into their seats and been welcomed to Casino Canberra. After some final instructions, the word was given to the dealers to shuffle up and deal!

Once again today we'll be playing seven levels, with player starting with a 20,000-chip start bank.

The Casino Canberra Poker Room is expected to be pushing capacity this afternoon as Day 1b of the ANZPT Canberra Main Event kicks off. The locals will be ready to kick-start their long weekend while the interstaters have arrived for their shot at ANZPT glory.

Today's field will be highlighted by Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem and ANZ Player of the Year points leader Jesse McKenzie. It's going to be a battle of new school versus old school as the POTY race heats up in the nation's capital!


Parliament House in Canberra
(Image courtesy of Tourism Australia)