ANZPT Canberra Day 2: Levels 13 & 14 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)
8:45pm: Ten-minute break
8:25pm: Edwards survives four barrels from Graham
Jarred Graham had been running over his table but he just hit a roadblock in the form of Luke Edwards. It started with Graham min-raising to 6,000 and Edwards calling on the button. Brett Chalhoub came along in the big blind to see a flop of 6♣A♠9♣.
Action checked to Graham who bet 13,500. Edwards made the call as Chalhoub got out of the way. On the Q♥ turn, Graham bet again for 24,400 and Edwards made the call as a big pot was brewing.
The river fell the T♦ and Graham released another barrel worth a hefty 36,200. Edwards shrugged and declared a call as Graham tabled A♥9♠ for two pair, but he'd been rivered as Edwards showed A♣T♣. Graham slips to 150,000 with Edwards pushing 200,000.
8:05pm: Gorr and Vandersluis double; Kerr busto
The short stacks aren't going easily here as we have two more double ups to report.
Andrew Watson's wealth didn't last long as he ran his ace-king into the A♠A♥ of Aussie Millions champion David Gorr. The board fell T♣Q♦4♥3♠8♦ to give Gorr a big double up to 145,000. Watson is back down to 135,000.
Meanwhile overnight chip leader Scott Kerr is on the ropes after being crippled in unfortunate fashion against Roy Vandersluis. The chips were in preflop with Kerr's A♥K♠ appearing set for a chop when Vandersluis opened the same hand - A♣K♣. That is, until the board ran out 4♠5♣J♦8♣3♣ to give Vandersluis a flush to double to 77,000.
Kerr was crippled to just 8,000 chips which he lost moments later as our day one chip leader was eliminated.
8:00pm: A couple of doubles
Roy Vandersluis has found a much-needed double up when he open shoved for 15,700 with A♠T♠ and John Maklouf made the call with Q♣Q♦. Vandersluis got some help when the board ran out J♦3♣2♣A♦J♣ to spike his ace and double to 37,000. Maklouf is down to 40,000.
On a nearby table James Broom and Andrew Watson went to war preflop in a cutoff versus small blind battle. Broom went with A♥J♠ but Watson held a dominant A♣K♠ which held on the 7♦A♦7♥3♣K♣ board. Broom is back down to 110,000 with Watson now looking strong on 203,000.
7:55pm: Morooka coolers the Toothpick
A cooler of a hand has seen the short-stacked Te Wiremu Mcgarvey run into two monster hands as Takahiro Morooka doubled up through Toothpick Tony.
Morooka opened with a raise which Mcgarvey flat called, before Toothpick put in the three-bet. Morooka flat-called as Mcgarvey called all in for his last chips.
The flop landed 8♣T♠2♥ and Toothpick bet 14,000 into the side pot. However Morooka wasn't going anywhere as he moved all in for 48,700. Toothpick called it off with K♥K♣ but Morooka held the rockets with his A♠A♣. Meanwhile things weren't looking good for Mcgarvey with his pocket nines.
The turn was the 8♦ and river the 7♥ to see Mcgarvey eliminated and Morooka more than doubling up to 147,000. Toothpick slips to 80,000.
7:45pm: Level up, blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300
7:40pm: Double for Maklouf
Te Wiremu Mcgarvey opened with a raise to 5,000 before John Maklouf moved all in for a total of 31,700. Mcgarvey made the call with A♠J♣ to be racing with Maklouf's 7♣7♥.
The board fell Q♣Q♦2♥6♣9♠ to leave Maklouf's pair in front for a double up to 65,000. Mcgarvey slips to 25,000.
7:30pm: Holtzapffel sets up Boxell
Leo Boxell's mighty run in the ANZPT Canberra Main Event has come to an end. The fan favourite made the call when Lee Holtzapffel pushed all in on a flop of 6♥J♥7♥. Boxell opened J♠T♠ for top pair but Holtzapffel had flopped a set with his 7♠7♦.
The turn was the A♠ and the river Q♣ to double up Holtzapffel to around 70,000 chips. Boxell was left with just a few hundred in chips which disappeared moments later as Boxell hit the rail.
7:25pm: Bain flushes Davey
Tristan Bain has jumped up with the tournament chip leaders in a massive clash with Peter Davey. The chips were in on the turn with the board reading J♥A♥Q♠7♥. Davey pushed with 9♥6♥ but Bain insta-called with Q♥4♥.
The river was the 9♦ and after a countdown of chips, Bain just had him covered to eliminate Davey and jump Bain up to nearly 200,000 chips.
7:15pm: Nice call by Broom
We only saw the action on the river, but obviously Leo Boxell's story wasn't quite convincing enough as James Broom made a pretty heroic call. The board read T♦7♦Q♥3♦2♥ and Boxell tossed out 18,000 into the middle, but Broom made the call.
Boxell opened 9♠8♠ for a missed straight draw as Broom's light call with J♣7♣ was a beauty. Broom is back up to 200,000 with Boxell back down to 50,000.
7:05pm: Moussa takes out a shorty
We've lost our first player post-dinner as George Moussa has taken care of one of the short stacks of the field. Moussa made the call when his opponent moved all in for 8,700. Moussa showed K♥T♣ and was in dominant shape against Q♠T♠.
The short-stacked player had already stood from his chair and put on his jacket in preparation of the bad news, which indeed arrived on the A♣3♥J♣J♦Q♥ board. Moussa makes a straight to move up to 160,000.
7:00pm: Boxell pulls the stop and go
"Not a bad recovery from 12,000," chuckled Leo Boxell after raking in another pot. From the small blind, he'd called the raise from Lee Holtzapffel to 9,300 from under the gun. They saw a J♣9♥8♣ flop and Boxell immediately moved all in to put Holtzapffel to a decision for his tournament life.
Holtzapffel thought for a long time before folding as Boxell gets himself back to 80,000.
6:45pm: Play resumes
The 32 players have returned from dinner with only a hunger for more chips! Jarred Graham is out in front with Khiem Nguyen, Mario Ljubicic and James Broom the next best.
We'll be continuing this evening until we reach the money for our final fifteen players.