ANZPT Darwin Day 4: Levels 16-17 (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)
4:50pm: Ten-minute break
4:35pm: Jamie Hill eliminated in 6th place
Jack Drake opened to 14,000 from late position before Jamie Hill moved all in for another 30,000 from the blinds. Drake threw his arms in the air and made a gambling call.
With Octavian Voegele and his beer drinking army joining the rail and cheering for a jack for Jack, the dealer obliged with a J♠3♠7♦K♣9♠ board.
Drake pairs to win the pot and eliminate Hill in 6th place for $8,960 in prize money.
4:15pm: Glenn Parry eliminated in 7th place
The courageous run of Glenn Parry has come to an end in 7th place. After Mark Taylor opened the button to 25,000, Parry moved all in for 28,000 in the small blind. Taylor made the easy call.
The board ran out A♥8♥5♥5♦3♠ to leave Taylor in front to eliminate Parry. After looking like he would miss the money completely late last night, he'll be happy to pocket $7,040 for a fine tournament.
4:00pm: No love for Parry
Following a raise, action folded around to the short-stacked Glenn Parry who looked down at his cards and shook his head in dismay before tossing his cards high into the muck, exposing .
"What are you folding quality cards like that for Glenn?" came the call from the rail.
"That's why I'm here and you're on the rail!" replied Parry.
Next hand Parry moved his last 27,000 in from the small blind but Jamie Hill folded his big blind. Parry was forced to cringe again as he flashed pocket queens!
3:50pm: Level up, blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500
3:45pm: Two-outer for Taylor
Jack Drake opened with a cutoff-raise to 12,000 before Mark Taylor moved all in for 84,000 on the button. Action folded to Jamie Hill in the big blind who made the call as Drake ducked out of the way.
The race was on and Hill took the early lead on the K♠5♦8♦ flop. The 9♦ turn card changed nothing as neither player held a diamond, but the river was a devastating T♦ to give Taylor a set for yet another double up! Taylor is up to 180,000 with Hill sliding down to 90,000.
3:35pm: Doubling Dangio
Jonathan Dangio has found a double up with Jack Drake on the losing end of things.
Drake opened to 12,000 from early position and Jamie Hill made the call before Dangio squeezed all in for a total of 50,500. Drake moved all in over the top to isolate as Hill got out of the way.
Drake tabled A♠J♥ but Dangio had him in trouble with his A♦Q♥.
The board ran out 7♦Q♣5♣J♦6♣ and both players paired up to leave Dangio to double up to about 120,000 with Drake back to 200,000.
3:25pm: Thirty is the magic number
Fotios Manolakos opened with a raise from the hijack position to 15,000 and Jamie Hill defended his big blind with a call.
The flop landed A♣7♥8♣ and Hill decided to lead out for 30,000. Manolakos called and the turn brought the 9♦. The action was an instant replay as Hill bet another 30,000 and Manolakos called once more.
The river was the 2♣ and Hill checked to Manolakos who decided to follow the pattern and bet another 30,000. Hill instantly called and showed A♦T♦ but he found himself outkicked by Manolakos' A♠J♦.
Manolakos is now up to 420,000 with Hill back to 190,000.
3:10pm: Taylor loves a double
Mark Taylor has doubled up for perhaps the third or fourth time so far on this final table. Fotios Manolakos opened with a raise to 22,500 before Taylor moved all in for a total of 56,500. Manolakos made the call with A♥J♦ but Taylor showed A♣Q♥ and was in good shape for a double up.
The board ran out 8♣9♣K♦9♦5♦ to get Taylor back to around 120,000. Manolakos is still our chip leader with around 300,000
3:00pm: Danny Chevalier eliminated in 8th place
Jamie Hill opened to 16,000 from the cutoff before Danny Chevalier raised to 40,000 from the big blind. Hill made the call and the flop landed T♥9♥2♣.
Chevalier looked down at his remaining 58,000 chips before tapping the table. Hill quickly moved all in and Chevalier snap-called!
As we've seen countless times on the ANZPT this season, Chevalier tabled the goods as Hill would need to get lucky to escape. The turn was close as the K♠ gave Hill a straight draw, but the river 9♦ was a dagger through the heart of Chevalier as Hill caught trip nines to take the pot.
"I felt like I was freerolling today anyway," said Chevalier after he'd safely locked up the ANZ Player of the Year award yesterday, and he now adds $5,760 to his pocket for his 8th place finish.
2:50pm: Play resumes
The eight remaining players are back in action following the break with Fotios Manolakos our chip leader.