ANZPT Melbourne Day 3: Levels 24 & 25 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)
8:15pm: One-hour dinner break
The players are now taking a one-hour dinner break. Play will resume at 9:15pm local time.
Chip counts at the dinner break:
Lee Nelson - 3,200,000
Nick Georgoulas - 1,260,000
Danny Chevalier - 960,000
Karan Punjabi - 440,000
8:10pm: Phil Willcocks eliminated in 5th place
Phil Willcocks's tournament has come crashing down in spectacular fashion with Lee Nelson landing a one-two knockout blow against his fellow Kiwi.
In the first hand, Willcocks raised the button to 80,000 and Nelson called in the big blind to see a flop of 8♥6♠8♦. Nelson check-called for 60,000 before leading 150,000 on the 5♣ turn. Willcocks called and the river was the 4♠. Nelson fired again for 300,000 and it was too much for Willcocks who let it go.
Willcocks was left with 520,000 which he moved all in next hand from the cutoff. Again Nelson made the call.
Well, Willcocks had live cards to rely on for a remarkable double up, and he took the lead on the 6♠4♦Q♣ flop. However the 5♣ turn and 7♦ river gave Nelson a running straight to end the run of Willcocks. He picks up $31,100 for his 5th place finish.
8:05pm: Big call lands Georgoulas a double up
Nick Georgoulas has just doubled up thanks to a massive call with just bottom pair against Phil Willcocks.
Georgoulas opened with a raise to 100,000 from the cutoff before Willcocks three-bet to 180,000 from the small blind. Georgoulas made the call and they saw a flop of 9♣7♠3♠.
Willcocks decided his best plan of attack was to move all in to put Georgoulas to a decision for his last 450,000 chips, however Georgoulas committed to the call.
It was just queen-high for Willcocks as Georgoulas had made a massive call with bottom pair. Georgoulas couldn't watch as the dealer revealed a 4♥ turn and a 7♦ river to complete his double up.
"That's for the queen-seven from yesterday!" exclaimed Georgoulas in celebration as he doubles to 1.3 million with Willcocks slipping to 780,000.
7:45pm: Tom Wing eliminated in 6th place
Tom Wing managed one triple up but he couldn't recover from the previous crippling blow as he's fallen in 6th place.
Lee Nelson raised under the gun to 80,000 before Nick Georgoulas moved all in. Action folded to Wing in the big blind and he moved his last few chips into the middle as Nelson got out of the way.
Wing was happy to see he had live cards but wasn't so thrilled to see the board spread J♠Q♥5♦2♣Q♠. Georgoulas takes the pot to move up to 780,000 as Wing heads to the cashier to collect $27,900 for his 6th place finish.
7:40pm: Wing crippled
When it rains, it pours! We've just had another all-in confrontation that has left overnight chip leader Tom Wing on the verge of elimination in this tournament.
Action folded to Phil Willcocks on the button and he moved all in. Wing made the call in the big blind.
Willcocks again got his money in pretty good and again he was rewarded as the board fell 2♥J♠3♦3♣K♦. After a countdown of chips, Wing was left with just 35,000 while Willcocks moves up to 1.75 million.
7:35pm: Stephen Eliesen eliminated in 7th place
Very next hand, Stephen Eliesen moved all in from the button for his last 211,000 with Phil Willcocks making the call in the big blind.
The blinds had caught up with Eliesen but he'd been caught making a move by the dominant Willcocks. Eliesen would need a five to survive but the board landed A♦4♠T♦4♣3♦. Eliesen is out in 7th place and he'll pocket $22,320 in prize money.
7:30pm: Brett Chalhoub eliminated in 8th place
After finding a double up to get himself back above water, Brett Chalhoub looked set to storm back into contention when he got his chips in preflop in dominant shape against Lee Nelson.
Nelson opened the hijack to 80,000 before Chalhoub moved all in for an additional 552,000. Nelson made the call.
The flop was a dry 8♦J♥6♦ and Nelson added straight outs with the 9♠ turn but it was the Q♥ on the river than delivered the fatal blow to Chalhoub. He's out in 8th place and will be a little disappointed. Hopefully $17,670 will ease the pain.
7:20pm: Chalhoub chops with Willcocks
Brett Chalhoub is another who has been sitting pretty patiently waiting for a good spot to strike and he found it when he moved all in from under the gun for 290,000. Action folded around to Phil Willcocks in the cutoff who moved all in over the top as the table folded around.
It was a rare all-in clash but it ended rather anti-climatically as Chalhoub's A♦Q♦ was matched by Willcocks' A♥Q♥.
The board of 2♣9♦2♥4♠T♣ produced nothing surprising and the two chopped it up.
7:15pm: Level up, blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000
7:05pm: Punjabi power!
Stephen Eliesen raised to 60,000 from the cutoff with Karan Punjabi making the call on the button. The flop landed 9♣8♦2♦ and Eliesen led out for 70,000 with Punjabi making the call.
The turn brought the T♣ and Eliesen fired again for another 127,000 but Punjabi responded by moving all in for an additional 319,000 on top. Eliesen thought long and hard but eventually gave it up as the comeback of Punjabi continues. He's up to 860,000 with Eliesen slipping to 375,000.
6:50pm: Punjabi survives
Karan Punjabi has found a double up to stay alive in the battle of the blinds against Phil Willcocks. Punjabi shoved for an additional 240,000 from the small blind with A♥5♣ and Willcocks made the call with a dominant A♠7♦.
However the eight-player deadlock would not be broken as the board ran out K♠5♥Q♥8♣J♣. Punjabi doubles up to 570,000 with Willcocks back down to 690,000.
6:40pm: Quads for Danny
Phil Willcocks raised it up to 52,000 from middle position with Danny Chevalier and Lee Nelson again coming along to see a flop of 8♦9♦8♠.
All three checked and the turn brought the 5♠. Again it was check, check, check.
The river was the K♠ and Willcocks checked it over to Chevalier who bet 125,000. He couldn't find a caller when he needed one, as both opponents folded and Chevalier showed 8♣8♥ for quads!
6:35pm: Nelson extends
Karan Punjabi opened with a raise to 53,000 with Danny Chevalier making the call. Lee Nelson came along in the big blind to see a flop of 9♥7♣7♠.
Nelson decided to lead out for 65,000 with Punjabi folding before Chevalier made the call to see the J♥ hit the turn. Nelson fired again for 130,000 and that was enough to take it down.
Chevalier falls to 660,000 with Nelson our clear chip leader with 1.7 million.
6:25pm: Second barrel is enough for Phil
Phil Willcocks opened with a raise from the button to 52,000 with Danny Chevalier defending his small blind with a call. The flop came down Q♣9♠5♦ and Chevalier checked to Willcocks who bet 80,000. Chevalier made the call.
The turn was the T♣ and Chevalier checked again but couldn't sustain the pressure as Willcocks fired another 130,000 to take it down. Chevalier slips to 900,000 with Willcocks up to 1.1 million.
6:15pm: Play resumes
Hopefully the break will spark a bit more action for us to report as the final eight players are back in their seats and play has resumed. We're now at 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000-chip ante.