ANZPT Canberra Day 2: Level 8 - 10 (blinds 600-1,200, ante 100)
3:35pm: Ten-minute break
3:20pm: Rennie rolls on
After being crippled in the early levels of the tournament on Day 1, Rennie Carnevale has shown great patience to find the double ups required to get himself back into contention.
The latest double up was at the expense of Billy Jordanou. We're not sure of the action but we believe both players were drawing on the flop of 3♥9♣Q♥ with Jordanou holding A♥8♥ for the flush draw against Carnevale's J♥T♣ straight draw.
The turn Q♠ missed both, but the river 8♠ completed Carnevale's straight for the double up to 60,000 with Jordanou back to 50,000.
3:00pm: Guzzardi gutted
Michael Guzzardi has been crippled after losing a preflop race to double up a short stack. Facing an all-in bet of 14,200 from middle position, Guzzardi moved all in over the top to isolate with A♥J♦ and found himself racing against 8♣8♠.
The flop of 4♠A♦6♥ put Guzzardi firmly in front, but the shorty picked up a few outs with the 7♦ turn. However the river was a cruel 8♦ to double up the short stack.
Guzzardi could only laugh as his tournament life hangs on a stack of just 6,500 chips.
2:45pm: Another triple up for Rodrigues
The remarkable comeback of Manny Rodrigues continues after he just landed his second triple up of the day. And this one had some meat behind it, as Rodrigues has recovered from an overnight stack of 8,900 to now sit with around 50,000 chips.
It was a three-way preflop all-in clash with Rodrigues excited to see he held the best hand with T♣T♦ against the Q♠J♠ of short stack Omer Silajdzija, while Peter Davey had them both covered with his A♥K♣.
"Keep it low!" yelled Rodrigues and the dealer obliged as the board ran out 4♥6♦8♠2♣4♠. Rodrigues triples, Davey slips to 17,000 while Silajdzija is eliminated.
2:35pm: Level up, blinds 600-1,200, ante 100
2:30pm: Leo takes a hit
Day 1b chip leader Leo Boxell is now back amongst the pack after losing a big pot in a preflop clash with Oliver Swan.
Boxell held Q♠Q♥ but the ladies were unkind as he ran into Swan's A♠A♦. The board fell 8♠2♦5♦J♠5♠ to see Boxell bounced down to 25,000 with Swan flying high with 80,000 chips.
2:25pm: Scarf squeezes
Khiem Nguyen started things off with a raise to 2,200 and found callers in Scott Kerr and Toothpick Tony before Andrew Scarf put on the squeeze, making it 10,500 to go from the small blind. Nguyen and Kerr folded but Toothpick took his time before tossing out calling chips.
The flop landed K♣2♥9♦ and Scarf found 13,400 the right amount to bet. Again Toothpick took his time, muttering away to himself, before eventually folding. Toothpick slips to 52,000 with Scarf up to 60,000.
The chips from this table seem to be heading towards overnight chip leader Scott Kerr who is currently up to 115,000 to maintain his lead over the field.
2:20pm: Grujic gone
The following hand will bring a smile to the face of ANZ Player of the Year leader Jesse McKenzie. Not only has his nearest rival in the POTY race been eliminated, but it was one of his good friends who got the biscuits.
Oliver Grujic won't be improving on his current second place in the POTY after he pushed his last 30,000 in preflop with 9♦9♣ but he ran smack-bang into the A♠A♥ of Brett Chalhoub.
The board ran out Q♣K♥4♦Q♦J♣ to eliminate Grujic and climb Chalhoub up to a comfortable 75,000 chips.
2:00pm: Fernandez finishes Fazzino
Sal Fazzino has had a remarkable run online on PokerStars recently with multiple victories in a short period of time. However he wasn't able to extend that good form to the live felt after his recent elimination from the tournament.
Following an early position raise from Germany's Jan Fernandez, Fazzino moved all in from the button for around 15,000. Fernandez made the call with K♥Q♦ for live cards against Fazzino's A♦J♣.
The board ran out T♠T♣9♥K♣7♣ to pair up the king of Fernandez and send Fazzino back to the online grind.
1:45pm: Occy out
ANZPT Adelaide champ Octavian Voegele will be resting up in preparation for another big night on the PLO cash game tables after his recent elimination from the Main Event.
As recalled to us by his tablemates, Voegele squeezed all in from the big blind with his short stack holding pocket tens and was called by ace-queen. A queen on the turn was enough to send Voegele to the exit.
1:35pm: Play resumes
Well, that took a little longer than expected, but the players are now back with the blinds up to 500-1,000 with a 100-chip ante. There are 65 players remaining.
1:15pm: Ten-minute break
We're taking a quick break to colour up all of the green 25-denomination chips.
1:10pm: One for Guzzardi
It was only a small pot, but we've been keen to grab a hand with Michael Guzzardi so we can post the pic below. Guzzardi was responsible for the elimination of Paul Elliot on a flop of J♦J♥T♥. Elliot went with T♠8♣ but Guzzardi was in command with his J♠K♣.
The turn was the 5♣ and river the 3♠ to see Elliot hit the rail and climb Guzzardi up to 55,000 chips.
1:05pm: Jabba gets frisky with premium hand
We don't like to report hands where James Broom is actually playing premium cards but we just caught him eliminating Greg Hadaway with a very above-average A♣J♠. The chips went in on a [j][t] flop with Broom's top pair in from of Hadaway's A♠9♣ straight draw. The turn and river bricked out to jump Broom up to 100,000 and into the tournament chip lead.
12:55pm: Manny magic
Manny Rodrigues had found a remarkable triple up of his short stack to stay alive.
Rodrigues moved all in for his last 4,200 with T♥9♥ before Xiuming Huang re-raised with A♣K♠ in an attempt to isolate. It didn't work as Jan Collado Fernandez moved all in over the top for 27,025 with Q♦Q♠. Huang made the call and we had ourselves a three-way dance.
The flop was 8♦3♥9♣ to leave the queens in the lead, and they stayed there with the 5♥ turn, but the T♦ river gave Rodrigues two pair for the triple up! He's up to 14,000 and with a pulse once again as Fernandez won the side pot to move up to 55,000.
12:40pm: Straight for Swan
Oliver Swan has doubled through Billy Jordanou when the two collided on a flop of T♦8♥9♣. Jordanou held T♣8♣ for two pair as Swan was drawing with his A♠J♥. The Q♣ turn delivered Swan the straight as the Q♠ completed the board.
Jordanou slips to 55,000 with Swan doubling to 41,000.
12:35pm: Hachem drowns on the river
Our only Team PokerStars Pro in the field has been eliminated. Tony Hachem entered Day 2 with a short stack and looking for a double up. It wasn't to be as a cruel river went against him.
Hachem got it in good with A♦A♠ against the K♥T♥ of Peter Davey on a 6♠T♦8♦ flop. The 9♦ turn was also a good card for Hachem who held the only diamond, but the river was a repeat T♣ to give Davey trips and eliminate Hachem from the ANZPT Canberra Main Event.
12:30pm: Graham doubles through Voegele
Young superstar Jarred Graham has landed a double up at the expense of Octavian Voegele. It started with Graham opening to 1,800 from the button. Voegele three-bet to 5,900 in the small blind but Graham moved all in for his last 18,300. Voegele called it off with K♥9♥ to find himself racing with Graham's 8♠8♣.
The board bricked out T♦3♠3♦7♦T♠ to see both players now sit with 38,000.
12:20pm: Scarf starts well
Andrew Scarf has bolted out of the blocks with a couple of monster hands to start Day 2. He first tangled with George Moussa on a flop of 9♥5♥7♠. Scarf bet 1,700 and Moussa check-raised to 3,800. Scarf came back over the top to 9,300 which forced Moussa to fold his A♠Q♥. Scarf showed 9♦9♠ for top set.
Moments later Scarf was in the thick of it again with a min-check-raise to 5,000 on a flop of K♦K♣5♦. His opponent, Takahiro Morooka, called but folded when Scarf went all in on the 4♥ turn. Scarf flashed the K♥.
"When you're blessed, you're blessed!" laughed George Moussa. Scarf is up to 75,000.
12:15pm: Gogogo on Day 2
The players have found their seats and unbagged their chips in preparation of the day ahead. It's Day 2 of the ANZPT Canberra Main Event and we're ready to roll!
The cards are in the air!
Canberra is a city with a lot of culture. Some of the country's finest museums and galleries are found in the nation's capital. Those who appreciate artistic genius will be more that satisfied here. And they will probably also enjoy the work of art which is able to be created in the Casino Canberra this afternoon. They often say that No Limit Holdem is an art, and that will be on display today in its finest form as 76 players return to the felt for Day 2 of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Canberra Main Event.
The goal will be to reach the money, but we may not quite get that far today. It will be close, but the rate of eliminations in this tournament has been pretty slow, so if that continues, we may be in for a lengthy day.
2009 ANZPT Queensland Scott Kerr will enter with the biggest stack in the room, with Aussie poker legend Leo Boxell, Aussie Millions champ David Gorr, previous ANZPT Season 3 champs Octavian Voegele and Michael Kanaan and Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem all still in contention.
Cards will be in the air from 12:15pm so stay tuned!