ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1c: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:10pm: Ten-minute break

4:05pm: Croc devours Kemp's aces

Billy "The Croc" Argyros has jumped to the top of the chip count leaderboard with the dramatic elimination of Jai Kemp.

Argyros started things off with a limp from under the gun. Two limpers followed before Jai Kemp raised it up to 700. He picked up another caller and action was back with Argyros who three-bet to 2,800. The limpers got out of the way, but Kemp wasn't done with quite yet. He four-bet to a total of 8,200. The other player in the hand got out of the way, as Argyros thought for a few moments, and checked how much Kemp had behind before making the call.

The flop came down 9♥Q♣J♥ and Argyros deliberated before tapping the table. Kemp thought for a few moments before he declared himself all in, but Argyros was quick to call.

"Have you got a set?" said Kemp in resignation.

"Yep, I've got top set," replied Argyros, as he opened Q♦Q♥. Kemp knew he was in trouble as he opened A♣A♦.

The turn was a sweaty T♦ as Kemp picked up some additional outs, but the river fell the 6♦. After a count down of chips, Argyros just had him covered to send Kemp to the rail. Argyros is now out chip leader with around 65,000 chips.


Jai Kemp exchanges some friendly banter with Billy "The Croc" Argyros following his dramatic elimination

3:50pm: BWT is over

This stop of the Boner World Tour is over as James Honeybone's battle with his short stack has come to an end. Honeybone went to war with pocket nines but found himself up against pocket queens as the board ran out [3][5][q][j][k].

3:40pm: Leo leaps into chip lead

"Leaping" Leo Boxell is up to 55,000 after making a big river call to bust Kiwi Phil Willcocks. We caught the action on the turn with the board showing 8♥4♦2♦3♣. Willcocks checked to Boxell who bet 2,000, before Willcocks check-raised to 6,000. Boxell called and the river repeated the 8♠.

Willcocks moved all in but Boxell made the call with just a pocket pair of fives. It was good as Willcocks flashed ace-high and headed to the rail.


Leo Boxell in action, with his wife Bev keeping close watch on the rail

3:30pm: Lucky duck for Grujic

With impressive results in Adelaide and Sydney, Oliver Grujic is currently sitting second in the ANZ Player of the Year race, and he's just found a double up to remain in contention on the Gold Coast.

However he had to do it the hard way, as Grujic's pocket deuces were trailing his opponent's pocket kings, but a lucky duck on the board of [2][4][3][q][a] gave Grujic a set for a double up to 32,000.

3:25pm: Jordanou flush with chips

Four players paid 800 apiece to see a flop of 9♣3♥6♣ where the preflop raiser made a continuation bet of 1,000. Two callers including Bill Jordanou, before Tom Rafferty
raised it up to 4,100. Jordanou was the only one to call as the Q♣ hit the turn.

Both players checked and the river was the A♠. Jordanou led out with a bet of 5,000 and Rafferty made the call with pocket sixes for a set, but Jordanou took it down with J♣T♣ for a flush. He's up to 46,000.

3:15pm: Straight-flush for Novley

We saw a couple of Royal Flushes at the most recent ANZPT Sydney event, and while we have yet to reach those heights just yet, we've just come close as Raymond Novley made a straight-flush.

And he got paid off too as the board read 8♣J♣Q♥3♥9♣ when all the chips went into the middle. Novley tabled Q♣T♣ for the queen-high straight-flush which was too good for his opponent's K♠T♦ straight. Novley is up to 40,000.

3:10pm: Level up, blinds 100-200, ante 25

3:00pm: Barrett busto

Josh Barrett's day has come to an abrupt end. After raising to 525, Barrett was face with a re-raise to 1,200, before he shipped all in for his last 7,000. His opponent made the call with ace-jack as Barrett tabled pocket queens.

An ace on the flop and a jack on the turn was more than enough to seal Barrett's fate and send him to an early elimination.

2:55pm: Wheel not enough for Barrett

Josh Barrett just recalled to us how he lost a big chunk of chips in a recent hand. After raising preflop with a [5][4] suited connecter, Barrett picked up two callers in the blinds to see a perfect [a][2][3] flop as Barrett flopped a straight.

Barrett's bet found one caller, and again his bet of 2,000 on the [j] turn was called. The river was a repeat [3] and Barrett moved all in. His opponent tanked for a long time before eventually making the call with pocket deuces for a full house to leave Barrett with just 7,000.

2:40pm: Raj eliminated

Raj Ramakrishnan just wandered past our blogging desk.

"I had top pair, he called with a flush draw and got there!" explained Ramakrishnan as his elimination from the tournament sees him make an early exit from the poker room.

2:25pm: Chop with nine-high

"Why didn't I bet the river?" sighed Billy Argyros as both he and his opponent checked down the river.

The board read 8♠Q♥T♥K♠K♣ after Argyros had raised his opponent's turn bet of 700 to 2,150. His opponent called and both players quietly checked the river.

No one wanted to open their cards as both players were very coy. Eventually Argyros' opponent opened 9♥7♥ for a just nine-high and a busted draw as Argyros could only shake his head as he showed 9♠6♠ for the same hand!


Billy Argyros mixing things up on the Gold Coast

2:10pm: Play resumes

The players have resumed their seats following the break with the big screen showing only one casualty from a starting field of 100.

Jackson Zheng, Nauv Kashyap and Bill Jordanou are the early movers but there is a long way to go!