ANZPT Canberra Day 3: Levels 21 & 22 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)

Congratulations Sammy Huang - ANZPT Canberra Main Event champion!

It's great to see a local shine through as Sammy Huang has survived the interstate invasion and steamrolled his way through the final table to claim a memorable victory.

Huang qualified for this event through one of the online $22+R 3xTurbo satellites on PokerStars for the investment of just $42. He's now turned that into an incredible $73,700 in prize money! Congratulations to Sammy on a wonderful achievement which has created a real buzz throughout the Casino Canberra.

That wraps up our live coverage from the tournament floor, but we'll have a complete wrap of the day's action for you very shortly.

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ANZPT Canberra champion Sammy Huang

7:25pm: James Broom eliminated in 2nd place; Sammy Huang wins!

The players were deep-stacked but you had a feeling that fireworks could explode at any moment with these two competitive, aggressive players. And so it happened.

James Broom started with a raise to 40,000 the small blind and Sammy Huang flat-called in the big blind (button). The flop landed J♥9♦Q♥ and Broom checked it over to Huang who bet 100,000. Broom made the call.

The turn was the 7♦ and Broom checked again to Huang who overbet the pot by moving all in! Broom had about 900,000 behind and Huang had him well covered as Broom spent some time in the tank contemplating his decision.

Broom quietly uttered "call" and tabled Q♦5♦ for top pair with a flush draw, but incredibly Huang once again held A♠A♥.

Broom was left needing a queen, five or diamond to stay alive but the river bricked the 7♠. The courageous run of James Broom ends in 2nd place for $46,900 as our Sammy Huang is crowned the ANZPT Canberra champion!

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James Broom eliminated in 2nd place

7:20pm: First blood to Broom

James Broom raised to 40,000 from the small blind before Sammy Huang re-raised to 140,000 in the big blind (button). Broom declared himself all in for around 900,000 and Huang made a reluctant fold.

7:15pm: We're a little backwards in Canberra

James Broom has just made us aware of a unique rule here in Canberra, and he's not too thrilled about it. In Canberra, when heads up, the button is the big blind - basically the reverse of the way heads-up poker is played almost everywhere else in the world.

It means that the button has a huge advantage, and it would be correct for the small blind to play more tight that usual. The small blind acts first preflop, but is then out of position for the rest of the hand.

7:10pm: We're heads up for the title!

This is it! The trophy and $73,700 is on the line as our two players have taken their seats and are ready to go for glory. Here are the chip counts as heads-up play gets underway.

Sammy Huang - 1,745,000
James Broom - 940,000

The cards are back in the air!

7:00pm: Tony Kambouroglou eliminated in 3rd place

James Broom opened with a raise to 40,000 on the button and Sammy Huang called in the small blind. Action was with Tony Kambouroglou in the big blind and he moved all in. Broom instantly called as Huang got out of the way.

Kambouroglou: 5♦4♣
Broom: A♦8♦

Great read and call by Broom as he knew that Toothpick was on the squeeze and he was rewarded as the board ran out 9♦T♦K♠J♥T♣. Toothpick is eliminated in 3rd place and he'll take home $27,470 in prize money.

There will now be a brief pause as we set up the final table for heads-up play.

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"Toothpick" Tony Kambouroglou eliminated in 3rd place

6:40pm: Khiem Nguyen eliminated in 4th place

The blinds had kicked up and something had to give to break the stalemate. It was Khiem Nguyen who was the unfortunate soul to be removed from this quartet as Sammy Huang continues on his merry way.

James Broom opened to 45,000 before Nguyen moved all in for 217,000 from the button. After asking for a count, Huang called from the small blind as the other players stepped aside.

Nguyen: 4♠4♦
Huang: A♠A♣

Once again Huang had found the rockets and there were no surprises on the board of 7♥9♣T♠6♠6♣. Nguyen departs in 4th place after a fantastic tournament, collecting $22,780 in prize money. Meanwhile Huang now has well over half the chips in play with over 1.7 million chips.

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Khiem Nguyen eliminated in 4th place

6:35pm: Level up, blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000

6:30pm: Success with a bluff

James Broom opened to 35,000 from the cutoff and Toothpick Tony made the call in the big blind. The flop landed 3♠8♥2♠ and Toothpick check-called for 45,000 as the 4♣ hit the turn. Toothpick checked it over to Broom who released a second barrel worth 75,000.

Toothpick when into the tank for a very long time - a good three or four minutes - before finally folding. It was the wrong decision as Broom showed 9♦T♦ for the air ball! Broom is back to 450,000.

6:25pm: Broom gets busy

The action has ground to a halt, with a few shoves by the short stack going uncalled as they battle valiantly to survive.

James Broom's rollercoaster ride continues after losing a pot to chip leader Sammy Huang. Broom has been pretty active but it's one step forwards, two steps back at the moment.

Broom opened to 35,000 and Huang called in the big blind to see a A♥6♠4♦ flop. Huang decided to lead out for 54,000 and Bloom floated a call but was forced to fold when Huang open-shoved on the T♥ turn.

6:05pm: Toothpick wins with ace-high

It's been slow going recently with Toothpick Tony just collecting the only notable pot. James Broom had opened to 35,000 and Toothpick called in the big blind to see a 7♣9♠6♠ flop.

Both players checked and a repeat 6♦ hit the turn. Toothpick checked and Broom took a stab of 50,000. Toothpick looked him up before both players checked the 3♣ river. Toothpick opened A♥4♦ for just ace-high but it was enough to take it down. Toothpick is back to 550,000 with Broom at 430,000.

5:45pm: Double double!

James Broom has done it again! Another double up and once again he had to come from behind. Broom open-shoved for 228,000 from the cutoff and Khiem Nguyen made the call on the button.

Broom opened K♥Q♦ for live cards against Nguyen's A♣9♣. However Broom just doesn't seem to miss in these all-in clashes and once again he connected with the board of 3♥Q♥J♦6♠T♠. Broom is now back to 460,000 with Nguyen back down to 400,000.

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James Broom is back in business!

5:40pm: Broom doubles in the dark

First hand back from the break, and James Broom open-shoved for 107,000 from the button. Once Sammy Huang made the call in the big blind, Broom admitted he hadn't looked at his cards!

Broom opened Q♥5♠ and found himself with one overcard to Huang's J♣J♠. But that's all he needed, as the board was spread A♠8♥Q♣8♣T♣. Broom doubles to 225,000 with Huang back to 1.25 million.

5:35pm: Play resumes

The four remaining players are back to battle it out. Here are the approximate chip counts at the break:

Sammy Huang - 1,360,000
Khiem Nguyen - 650,000
Tony Kambouroglou - 560,000
James Broom - 110,000

The cards are once again back in the air!

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It's been a long day for ex-Prime Minister Bob Hawke