ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3: Levels 13 & 14 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)
2:00pm: Ten-minute break
1:55pm: Ivin out as Hockin extends lead
Mike Ivin has been eliminated as Paul Hockin's giant-killing run continues. Ivin held pocket fours against the king-queen of Hockin as the board ran out [j][k].
As the players head for the first break of the day, Hockin is now up to a commanding 370,000.
1:50pm: Grigg does it again
After being down to just 7,000 in chips just a few moments ago, Tom Grigg has just doubled up once again to get himself to a very respectable stack of 70,000.
With a raise to 7,000 from Michael Pedley in the cutoff, Grigg moved all in for 35,000 from the big blind. Pedley made the call with A♣9♥ as Grigg was in front with his T♥T♦. The board ran out 5♥4♣4♦6♣5♦ to leave Grigg's tens to double though to 70,000.
1:45pm: Bjerk's kings bust Laidlaw
A massive preflop clash has seen Anders Bjerk eliminate Daniel Laidlaw from the tournament. With Bill Jordanou claiming to have folded pocket queens preflop, Laidlaw went with ace-queen against the pocket kings of Bjerk.
The board ran out 8♦2♦T♣T♠9♦ to eliminate Laidlaw and jump Bjerk up to over 250,000 chips.
1:40pm: Kenna cut
Kamel Bekhaled opened with a raise from early position before Jason Kenna moved all in for an additional 36,800 from the big blind. Bekhaled thought for a few moments before making the call with 5♦5♣ to be racing with Kenna's A♣K♥.
The board ran out 7♥4♦5♠8♣2♦ to spike a set for Bekhaled and eliminate Kenna from the tournament.
1:25pm: Grigg triples
Tom Grigg is still alive with a remarkable triple up. Grigg moved his last 7,000 in preflop with 6♣3♣ for live cards against A♠7♦ and A♥Q♣.
The flop was a bare 8♥9♣T♠ but Grigg made an unlikely straight when the 7♥ hit the turn. The river fell the T♥ and Grigg tripled up to over 30,000 to find a little breathing room.
1:15pm: Grigg crippled
After eliminating a short stack moments earlier, it appeared that Tom Grigg's tournament was back on track. However it's all come crashing down in a preflop war against Leo Boxell.
It was Grigg's pocket fours up against Boxell's ace-jack as the board ran out [a]. Boxell spiked an ace on the flop to take in down and jump up to 170,000. Grigg is left with just 10,000 in change. He came back from similar depths early on day one, but can he pull out another remarkable comeback?
1:00pm: Level up, blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300
12:55pm: Graziani gone
Paul Hockin has claimed another victim as he appears to have assumed the mantle of our likely chip leader. The victim this time around was Georgio Graziani who was all in preflop with A♥8♠ against Hockin's J♣J♠.
The board ran out T♠8♦9♣3♣T♥ to eliminate the PokerStars qualifier and jump Hockin up over 300,000 chips.
12:45pm: Hockin's quads bust Scarf
Andrew Scarf may have finished third in the ANZPT Player of the Year race last season, but his quest for success in 2011 has so far left him empty-handed as his run on the Gold Coast has come to an end.
With all the chips in preflop, Scarf moved his stort stack with A♥7♥ but Paul Hockin made the call with 8♣8♦. The flop was 9♦4♦8♥ to give Hockin a set and leave Scarf needing runners to survive. It was all over on the 2♦ turn and the 8♠ river was just salt into the wound. Hockin made quads to climb to 270,000 as Scarf exited the poker floor.
12:35pm: Solemdal survives
You gotta get lucky to win poker tournaments. There's no doubt about it. Almost every winner of every poker tournament will be able tell you of a crucial hand that shaped their tournament when they got incredible lucky to win a big pot, double up and survive almost certain elimination.
Perhaps PokerStars qualifier Torgeir Solemdal will be able to look back at the following hand and thank his lucky stars that he survived.
The flop read K♠Q♠T♣ when Solemdal's last chips were in the middle against fellow PokerStars qualifier Paul Ward. Solemdal held A♣K♥ for top pair with a gutshot straight draw, but Ward had flopped the joint with his ace-jack.
Solemdal appeared to be heading for the rail, or perhaps escape with a lucky chop, but he went better than that as the A♠ turn and A♥ river delivered a remarkable full house to find a mighty double up to around 100,000.
12:30pm: Chevalier dents Voegele
We mentioned yesterday how an interesting sub-plot was developing in the ANZ Player of the Year race with contenders Jesse McKenzie, Oliver Grujic, Danny Chevalier, Octavian Voegele and Ricky Kroesen all still alive in the ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event.
With valuable points up for grabs, Danny Chevalier has just put a dent in the hopes of ANZPT Adelaide champ Octavian Voegele after a big double up.
With Voegele opening to 5,200, Chevalier moved all in for his stack of 60,000. Voegele called and showed a monster K♣K♠ as Chevalier would need some help with his A♣9♣. And help indeed arrived as the board was spread 4♥2♦7♦A♠3♣. Chevalier stays alive with a lucky ace to double to 125,000 to leave Voegele with just 45,000.
12:20pm: Bonham jacked
David Bonham opened with a raise to 6,000 and found one call before Alan Wilson raised to 18,000. With play back on Bonham he moved all in but Wilson made the call with Q♦Q♠ as Bonham was in trouble with his J♠J♣.
The board ran out A♣A♥9♦4♦K♦ to jump Wilson to 100,000 as Bonham hits the rail.
12:15pm: Walch eliminates Meredith
Anthony Grange opened with a cutoff raise to 5,100 before Nick Meredith moved all in from the small blind for his last 49,700. Action was then with Justin Walch in the big blind and he announced himself all in to force a fold from Grange.
Meredith opened K♥T♥ but he found himself dominated by Walch who showed A♣K♠. The board ran out 9♠J♣A♦7♠7♣ as Meredith is eliminated and Walch climbs up to 260,000.
12:05pm: Guns blazing
We've had a couple of rapid-fire eliminations in the first minutes of play, including Justin Cohen who moved his last chips in preflop with pocket threes. His opponent held ace-jack and connected on the board of [a][t].
Also hitting the rails early was Zoe Chakley who moved in with pocket queens, only to run into pocket kings. A third king on the board of [k] was enough to send Chakley to the rail.
Michael Pedley also received an early present as his [a][k] held to better the [q] of John Malissa in a battle of the blinds when an ace fell on board.
12:00pm: You can almost smell the money
While the world may not be coming to an end today, it will probably feel like it for nearly half of our 52 players who have returned to the Jupiters Poker Room this afternoon for Day 3 of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event. Only 27 of them will taste the sweet taste of profit, while the rest will be going home empty-handed.
There should be a few interesting, nervous and emotional moments here this afternoon and will look forward to bringing you the blow-by-blow details. Our chip leader entering today's play is Tim O'Shea, while fifteen PokerStars qualifiers are still in contention.
The players have unbagged their chips and taken their seats. It's a long road ahead today to reach our final table of nine, but we're ready to roll. The cards are now in the air!