ANZPT Darwin Day 1a: Levels 3-4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break

4:35pm: Finally some good news for Occy

Licking his wounds after the recent hits to his stack, Voegele threw his final 1,350 into the middle the next hand from under the gun. Action folded around to Brendon Rubie who made the call with K♦5♠ to find himself up against Voegele's T♣T♥.

"Hold!" laughed Voegele, and indeed it did as the board was spread 5♣8♠J♦8♣6♥.

Voegele is back to around 3,500 but still in need of something special to get himself back into this tournament.

4:30pm: Voegele on the ropes

It's been a wild couple of minutes for ANZPT Adelaide champion Octavian Voegele, and not a lot has really gone his way.

First he found himself doubling up Frances Ricketts when the two got their chips in on a board of 4♣J♥5♥2♥. Voegele held 3♥4♥ for a flush but found himself with just one out when Ricketts opened A♥Q♥ for the nut flush. Voegele had to hit his straight-flush but the A♦ wasn't the card he needed as Ricketts doubled to 19,500.

Voegele's flush troubles continued when he was forced to fold a flush to an all-in bet on a board of 2♣6♦6♠J♦A♦. Voegele had bet out 4,000 but folded for an additional 8,775 as his opponent flashed 6♣6♥ for quads!

The third strike for Voegele came when he went to war with Brendon Rubie on a flop of 7♣J♣4♣. Voegele held Q♥Q♦ but Rubie had plenty of outs with his A♣K♠ flush draw and overcards. The 8♣ on the turn was enough to seal the deal as the 9♣ river was salt into the wound as Rubie doubled to 28,000 to leave Voegele crippled.

4:00pm: Chevalier dodges kings

We haven't mentioned Danny Chevalier at all so far today, but that tends to be the way he likes to play - flying under the radar and getting the job done without too much fanfare.

We just caught him in a hand when he made an excellent and disciplined fold against Scott van Loon. Some may say that Chevalier was playing tight to try and reach the cash and points in the ANZ Player of the Year race, but judging by the table banter, Chevalier simply made a great read.

The action started with a limp from under the gun by van Loon before Chevalier popped it up to 700 on the button. The big blind called and van Loon came along as well to see a flop of K♥5♥8♦.

Two checked to Chevalier who tossed out 1,600. The big blind folded before van Loon announced a raise to 3,200. We've seen plenty of min-raises today, but this one confused Chevalier.

"It's the first time you've raised all day. I'm in shock!" exclaimed Chevalier as he toyed with his chips contemplating a call.

"Have you got a set?" asked Chevalier.

"Call and find out," replied van Loon.

Chevalier eventually made a frustrated fold as van Loon flashed K♦K♠ for top set! Chevalier breathed a sigh of relief as he verbalized that he had folded [a][k] as he slips to 15,000.


Danny Chevalier hunting ANZ Player of the Year honours in Darwin

3:40pm: Level up, blinds 100-200, ante 25

3:35pm: Portaro goes fishing

The field has now been reduced to the final three tables following the recent elimination of Bruno Portaro.

Moments after being denied a last-longer bet by Ben Savage, Portaro moved his last 6,100 into the middle from the small blind following a raise to 600 from Bryan "Snake" Cantle and a call from Frances "Wildcard" Ricketts.

Cantle asked for a count before announcing himself all in to force a quick fold from Ricketts.

"Ok, well I guess I'm going fishing," sighed Portaro as he opened a less-than-impressive 8♥4♦ but he found himself with live cards against Cantle's A♠K♠.

There was a four in the window but the A♦6♣4♠ flop kept Cantle in the lead, and it stayed that way on the 6♥ turn and 3♥ river.

Portaro is sent to the rail as Cantle is now up to around 35,000.


Bryan "Snake" Cantle representing the locals here in Darwin

3:25pm: Quads for Snake

Clint Dixon was unable to recover from his earlier blow as his last chips are now in the hands of Bryan Cantle.

We believe the chips were in preflop with Dixon receiving no help with his Q♦J♥ as the man they call "Snake" made quads holding 7♥7♠ on a board of 6♠7♦3♥7♣T♦.
Dixon is done as Cantle is up to 25,000 chips.

3:10pm: Moshi mauled; Dannevig finds a Royal

Simon Moshi is next on the rail after a one-two blow spelt the end for his tournament.

Moshi was first crippled when he was all in with K♠4♠ for a pair and flush draw on a 4♥5♠9♠ flop against the K♦K♥ of Andreas Papageorgious. The J♦ turn and 2♣ river bricked the board to leave Moshi with just 3,000 or so in change.

Moments later he had them all in on the turn on a board of 3♠9♠3♦T♠. Moshi had turned the flush with his 7♠6♠ but Ben Savage had outs to a bigger flush with his A♣Q♠. Wouldn't you know it, the dealer revealed the J♠ on the river to flush Moshi out the door and climb Savage back up to around 30,000.


Ben Savage in action at the ANZPT Darwin Main Event

Meanwhile on a nearby table, Brett Dannevig just made the quietest Royal Flush in history. There was little fanfare but enough for us to turn around and catch Dannevig flash J♦T♦ to match the A♦K♦Q♦ on the board. Very nice!

2:40pm: Play resumes

The players are back with 32 players still alive from today's Day 1a flight. Our early movers and shakers include Tony Kanochkin and Roy Hills who both have just over double their starting stack.

We should also make mention that the plan for the day is to play only five levels in total today which should see us wrap up just prior to 6:00pm this evening.