ANZPT Canberra Day 3: Levels 17 - 20 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

5:20pm: Fifteen-minute break

5:15pm: Leigh Warne eliminated in 5th place

Leigh Warne's tournament has come to an end and again Toothpick Tony was the destroyer.

The chips were in preflop with Warne going with A♥Q♣ but Toothpick showed Q♠Q♥. Both players' tournaments hung in the balance, as the board ran out out K♠T♠2♥5♣8♥ to leave Toothpick's ladies in front to take it down.

Warne collects $18,760 for his 5th place finish while Toothpick is up to 580,000.


Leigh Warne eliminated in 5th place

5:05pm: Nguyen collects with top pair

Toothpick Tony opened with a raise from under the gun to 32,000 and picked up two callers in Khiem Nguyen and Sammy Huang to see a flop of Q♥2♣5♠. Action checked around and the turn brought the 7♠. Action again checked to Nguyen on the button who bet 55,000. Huang folded but Toothpick made the call as the 8♠ completed the board on the river.

Toothpick checked and Nguyen bet 86,000. Toothpick quickly made the call but mucked when Nguyen tabled Q♦T♦ for top pair.

4:50pm: Huang finds aces

After a failed limp-re-raise in a blind battle with Khiem Nguyen, James Broom opened the action a few hands later with a raise to 25,000. Again Nguyen was in a punishing mood as he three-bet to 65,000 on the button. The twist was Sammy Huang getting in on the action with a flat-call from the small blind. Broom smelt a rat and folded as the two players saw a flop of K♦5♣Q♥.

Huang checked to Nguyen who bet small - just 65,000. Huang instantly declared himself all in, and just as quickly, Nguyen slammed his cards down into the muck in disgust. Huang proudly showed his A♠A♣ for another monster hand as he climbs to 1.25 million. Nguyen is on 480,000 with Broom at 210,000.

4:30pm: A splinter for the Toothpick

Leigh Warne has taken a bite out of Toothpick Tony. Warne opened to 27,000 before Toothpick three-bet to 75,000. Action folded back to Warne who announced himself all in for 267,500 in total. Toothpick gave it some quick thought but decided to let it go.
Toothpick slips to 490,000 with Warne up to 350,000.

4:20pm: Level up, blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000

4:15pm: More for Sammy

Khiem Nguyen opened with what he intended to be a raise, but he threw out the wrong chip denominations and was ruled to a call. That brought in Sammy Huang and the two blinds to see a flop of Q♦2♠Q♠. Action checked around and the turn was the K♠. Action checked to Nguyen who bet 22,000 with Huang making the call.

The river was the 6♠ to put four spades on board but that didn't slow Nguyen who bet out 58,000. Huang thought for a moment and matched the bet. It was a good call as Nguyen tossed his cards face down into the muck in resignation. Huang is now up to 1.1 million.

4:05pm: Sammy Huang, the million dollar man

Sammy Huang is continuing on his merry way with another big pot against James Broom. Huang opened with a raise before Broom three-bet from the small blind. Huang called and the two took a flop of 9♠6♣3♥.

Broom led out with a bet of around 85,000 but Huang instantly moved all in and Broom folded just as quickly.

"See I can fold ace-king!" chucked Broom, referring to their clash earlier today. Broom is back on the short stack with 180,000, with Huang now up over one million in chips.

3:55pm: Luke Edwards eliminated in 6th place

After Leigh Warne raised from the small blind, Luke Edwards moved all in for around 100,000 from the big blind. Warne made the call.

Edwards: Q♣J♦
Warne: K♠5♣

Warne was in front with his king and it stayed that way as the board bricked out T♠3♥6♦7♦A♠. Edwards heads home in 6th place for $15,410 in prize money.


Luke Edwards eliminated in 6th place

3:45pm: Edwards chops one

Luke Edwards has been very quiet at this final table as he struggles to find any cards to ship his short stack into the middle.

When he finally did find A♦9♦ and moved all in, James Broom quickly called and tabled the same hand - A♣9♣. Edwards was happy to be freerolling on the 8♥J♥5♦ flop, but the K♣ turn and 2♦ river left both players to chop it up. Edwards is still the short stack with 100,000 chips.

3:30pm: Andrew Watson eliminated in 7th place

Andrew Watson opened with a raise from the cutoff to 22,000 before Khiem Nguyen made it 60,000 to go from the small blind. Action back with Watson and he moved all in for around 240,000 with Nguyen making the call.

Watson: A♥Q♣
Nguyen: 7♦7♥

The race was on but Watson missed everything on the board of 3♣5♠K♠8♥2♣. Nguyen takes the pot and moves up to 650,000 with Watson heading to the cashier in 7th place for $12,730 in prize money.


Andrew Watson eliminated in 7th place

3:20pm: Level up, blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000

3:15pm: George Graziani eliminated in 9th and Tristan Bain eliminated in 8th place

WOW! A huge double KO has seen two players sent to the cashier as cult hero "Toothpick Tony" has stormed right into title contention.

The action started with Tristan Bain opening to 17,000 before the short-stacked George Graziano moved all in for 26,500. Play was then with Toothpick who announced a re-raise to 53,000. Bain wasn't going anywhere as he moved all in for 253,500. Toothpick thought for a few moments before making the call!

Bain: Q♥Q♣
Graziano: A♣6♥
Toothpick: K♥K♣

The board bricked out 3♣6♠3♦4♥7♣ to leave the kings in front. Toothpick covered both players as they were eliminated in sensational fashion. Graziano picks up $8,040 for 9th while Bain will pocket $10,050 for 8th place. Meanwhile Toothpick is up over 550,000 chips!


Tristan Bain eliminated in 8th place

3:10pm: Yabba Jabba dooooo!

James Broom doesn't mind doing things the hard way, but even he shed a bead of sweat before nailing a river to double up through the unlucky George Graziani.

Broom open-shoved for 122,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Graziani on the button who made the call.

Broom: K♦Q♦
Graziani: A♦Q♠

Broom was in trouble but the board arrived 6♣6♠5♠7♥K♠ to land Broom a stunning three-outer river to stay alive! Broom doubles to 260,000 with Graziani now left crippled.


James Broom is relieved to find a river to stay alive!

2:55pm: Sammy puts the foot down

Sammy Huang has extended his chip lead after again pounding on Germany's Khiem Nguyen.

Nguyen opened to 16,500 from under the gun before Huang three-bet to 42,000 next to speak. The table folded around and Nguyen made the call to see a flop of Q♦T♣5♣.

Nguyen checked it over to Huang who bet 53,000. Nguyen called and the turn brought the 7♠. Nguyen checked again and Huang didn't hold back as he made it 100,000 to go. Nguyen made a reluctant fold as he slips to 360,000 with Huang now up to 800,000.


Our runaway chip leader is local Sammy Huang

2:40pm: Broom lays down a monster

With the board reading T♦K♦7♥J♥T♠, James Broom was sitting in the tank contemplating an 84,000-chip bet from Khiem Nguyen. It represented almost half of Broom's stack and he was clearly having a tough time with the decision.

Broom leant right in close to Nguyen on his direct left and with hand over his mouth was virtually whispering into his ear. Broom didn't stop chattering but it was totally inaudible and Nguyen didn't react in the slightest. It was almost awkward to watch but after a few minutes of trying to get a reaction, Broom eventually folded a surprisingly strong 9♠8♠! We've seen Broom make call downs with fourth pair, now he's folding a straight!

Nguyen pads his stack to 460,000 with Broom down to 185,000.

2:20pm: Level up, blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500

2:05pm: Broom lands a quick double up

The short stack of our final table, James Broom has landed a quick double up at the expense of Andrew Watson.

Action folded to Watson on the button and he raised it to 13,500. Broom was in the small blind and he declared himself all in with Watson making a quick call.

Watson: A♦Q♠
Broom: K♣T♣

The flop landed A♣2♣J♥ which interested both players as Watson hit a pair but Broom picked up straight and flush draws. The turn was the A♠ to leave Broom needing a club to stay alive. He called for the 3♣ but instead the 4♣ arrived which was just as pretty to give Broom the flush to double up to 250,000. Watson is back to 300,000.

2:00pm: Final table kicks off!

The players are back following the break and ready for the ANZPT Canberra final table!

Here's how they will line up with approximate chip counts:

Seat 1: Luke Edwards (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 170,000
Seat 2: George Graziani (Australia) - 157,000
Seat 3: Tony "Toothpick" Kambouroglou (Australia) - 272,000
Seat 4: Andrew Watson (Australia) (PokerStars Player) - 425,000
Seat 5: James Broom (Australia) - 118,500
Seat 6: Khiem Nguyen (Germany) - 590,000
Seat 7: Sammy Huang (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 447,000
Seat 8: Tristan Bain (Australia) - 280,000
Seat 9: Leigh Warne (Australia) - 225,000

The players have satisfied their media commitments and been introduced "rock star style to the audience here at the Casino Canberra - all that was missing was some pyrotechnics and theme music!

The final table is now underway with 21:31 left in this level with the blinds at 3,000-6,000 with an ante of 500.