ANZPT Darwin Day 2: Levels 6-7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)
2:30pm: Ten-minute break
2:20pm: Hills continues to slide
The slide of overnight chip leader Roy Hills continues after he made a gambling call that ultimately resulted in a double up for Scott van Loon.
Hills opened to 1,500 before van Loom moved all in for 11,300 in total. After a little thought, Hills sighed, "What the hell, let's go for it," before moving his chips into the middle.
Hills showed A♣7♣ and was racing against van Loon's 5♥5♠. However the board was with van Loon as it ran out 5♦2♠9♥3♣5♣ to give him quads. He doubles to 24,000 with Hills now left with just 4,500 in change.
2:00pm: Royal Rickwaa
Ricky Kroesen excited ran to our blogging desk and dragged us to his table for a photo opportunity.
"It's my first Royal Flush in six years! I want a photo!" exclaimed Kroesen.
Apparently Kroesen raised preflop with K♠T♠ against Matthew Spratt, check-called the flop, checked the turn and then bet the river on the A♠J♠7♠Q♠6♦ board. Spratt folded before Kroesen flashed the goods. He's up to 45,000.
1:45pm: Schreiner eliminated
We've just lost APPT Queenstown champion Marcel Schreiner.
Battling with a short stack for most of the last two days, Schreiner go his last chips in racing with pocket threes against the ace-queen of the giant-killing Ryan McKay.
A pair of ladies on the flop was enough for McKay to win the pot and send the German to the rail. McKay is now up to 100,000 chips.
1:40pm: Getting into spirit of Oktoberfest
With the Oktoberfest festivities in full swing here at the SKYCITY in Darwin, players are certainly getting into the spirit of it and enjoying the authentic Bavarian food, bier and entertainment.
Rumours are that a few of the guys have been enjoying things a little too much, and while you'll have to scour YouTube for incriminating videos, we couldn't help but notice the attire of both Brendon Rubie and Michael Guzzardi today.
"Did you lose a bet or something?" we asked Guzzardi as he nodded sheepishly.
According to Octavian Voegele, it was late the other night when it was Rubie's turn to buy a round of drinks, but instead of a thirst-quenching beverage, Rubie returned with these hats that they all agreed to wear on Day 2. Lucky they can pull it off!
1:30pm: Level up, blinds 300-600, ante 50
1:20pm: Seccafien surrenders
David Seccafien and Jamie Hill got their last chips in on a flop of A♥6♥T♥. Seccafien was in front with his A♣T♦ as Hill was the one chasing with K♠J♥ for flush and straight draws.
The turn was the J♠ to give Hill a few more outs and he spiked one on the river as the 9♥ completed his flush. After a quick count down of chips, Hill just had him covered as Seccafien was sent to the rail. Hill is now up to 29,000.
1:10pm: Mario misses
Mario Ljubicic has been unable to find a double up with his short stack to become the latest casualty of today's play.
Ljubicic's last 6,925 were all in preflop with A♥J♥ as Glenn Parry made the call with J♠J♦. The board ran out 8♠7♠6♦8♥3♦ to leave Parry's jacks in front to send Ljubicic to the rail.
1:00pm: Nuts not enough for Levy
After getting the perfect start to the day, Grant Levy dream has turned into a nightmare after crashing out of the tournament in dramatic fashion.
As recalled to us by the table, Levy opened to 900 from under the gun and the table folded around to Jeffrey Cawthorne who made the call in the big blind.
The flop landed A♥T♣Q♣ and Cawthorne checked to Levy who bet 1,325. Cawthorne check-raised to 5,000 but Levy came back with a re-raise to 12,500. Cawthorne moved all in and Levy snapped it off with K♦J♦ for the flopped straight as Cawthorne showed A♠A♦ for top set!
Cawthorne needed to pair the board and he got it twice as the Q♠ turn and T♣ river improved him to a full house to collect the pot.
"Sick," sighed Levy as he wandered out of the room as Cawthorne moves up to 70,000.
12:50pm: Schreiner chops down Caris
Charles Caris is an early casualty on Day 2 with Marcel Schreiner doing the damage. With the chips in preflop, Schreiner's 7♠7♣ were in control against Caris' 6♦6♠ and it remained that way as the board ran out A♠2♠4♦8♠A♦.
Caris is out as Schreiner moves up to around 20,000.
12:45pm: A couple of doubles
Grant Levy just let us know that he found a double up on the first hand of the day so get himself up to 30,000, while ANZ Player of the Year contender Danny Chevalier has done the same.
After a limp from David Seccafien from under the gun and a call from Ryan McKay, Chevalier moved all in for 8,100 on the button. Seccafien made the call with K♠J♠ as McKay folded his pocket sixes. Chevalier tabled A♣K♦ and was in dominant position to double up as the board ran out 3♥T♣T♥K♣5♦. Chevalier is up to 17,000.
12:40pm: McKay flattens Hills
It didn't take long for the chips to fly here in Darwin as the overnight lead of Roy Hills has been decimated by PokerStars qualifier Ryan McKay.
We arrived only to see the aftermath where Hills moved all in and McKay made the call with the board reading 8♣7♥6♠2♦T♠. It was magical river for McKay as Hills tabled A♣9♣ for the straight, only to discover McKay open J♥9♥ for a higher straight.
Hills had to pay off 38,575 on the river to leave himself with just 18,000 in chips as McKay becomes our new chip leader with 85,000 in chips.
12:30pm: Last chance in Darwin
The room is bubbling with excitement today as the final 47 players have found their new seats and settled in for the grind ahead. The International Room of the SKYCITY Darwin Casino is looking a picture as we're expecting to play another five levels this afternoon.
Our chip leaders entering today's play are Roy Hills (61,850), Aaron Benton (58,075), Tony Kanochkin (56,650), Brendan Rubie (51,175) and Liam O'Rourke (45,825).
The players have unbagged their chips and the cards are now in the air!