ANZPT Perth Day 1b: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)
7:00pm: Ten-minute break
6:50pm: Here come Billy!
On our most recent pass into the main poker room area, we spotted a noticeable increase in the size of the stack of Billy Jordanou. He's now up to over 80,000 and threatening the chip lead.
Also on this table Aleks Lackovic is progressing well, with around 40,000 chips stacked in one of the more impressive and colourful structures we've seen on the ANZPT.
There are still three tables in action in the main poker room as we're approach the last level of the day.
6:30pm: Zmukic flushes the rockets
Another who has experienced a wild day on the felt is West Australian Vesko Zmukic. After earlier having an opponent lay down pocket queens on a baby flop against his own pocket kings, Zmukic has stayed tough to now surge back up the chip counts after cracking aces to eliminate an opponent.
We caught the action on the turn on the board of 6♠K♥8♠2♠. Zmukic was in position and flat-called a bet of 3,100 before the Q♦ fell on the river. Action checked to Zmukic who bet 4,575 but his opponent put in a river check-raise as he moved all in for an additional 7,950.
The dreaded river check-raise often means the nuts and Zmukic went into the tank but eventually slammed out a call with Q♠T♠ for a flush. It was good as his opponent sighed and revealed A♦A♠. Zmukic is now up to 47,000 and in great shape.
6:15pm: Skender run bad
"Just copy and paste my last hand history!" shouted Benn Skender to our blogging desk. It appears that Skender's run-good has deserted him on the live felt as his pocket kings were cracked by an opponent's ace-king for the second time today. He's down to just 5,500.
6:10pm: Prize pool and payout information
The 2011 PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event has attracted a field of 220 players to produce a prize pool of $506,000.
The top 24 players will be guaranteed $4,550 with first set to collect $131,500.
6:00pm: Level up, blinds 200-400, ante 50
5:50pm: Hachem gets a scare
It's been an interesting old day at the office for Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem. But it looks like things might be starting to turn around.
We rushed to his table after Hachem let out a shriek of despair and stood from the table. It appeared that the defending champ was out, but he was quickly called back to the table and reassured that his tournament was indeed still alive.
All the action went down on the turn when Hachem's A♣A♥ were up against his opponent's king-queen on a board of Q♦2♥3♦3♣. Hachem's scare card was the K♦ as he thought for a moment he'd been rivered, but Hachem's better two pair collected the pot to see him jump up to 55,000 to be in great shape.
After a table break, the big stacks of John Apostolidis and Stevan Lackovic have both joined Hachem's table so this table full of heavyweights should produce some interesting moments late in the day.
5:35pm: Parnell steaming!
"That's the worst play I've ever seen!" exclaimed a furious Ian Parnell after copping a rather brutal beat. We ducked for cover as he recalled the action to us.
Apparently there was a raised from under the gun to 750 and Parnell three-bet in position with pocket kings. His opponent called and they checked a flop of 2♦K♠4♠. The 6♦ hit the turn and the UTG-player fired out 1,500 which Parnell raised but his opponent made the call.
The river was the 5♦ and again the action was bet, raise, call. Parnell tabled his set of kings but was in a state of shock to see his opponent open a very creative 2♠3♠ for a rivered straight.
Parnell is down to 15,000 and steaming!
5:20pm: Boxell busto
Leo Boxell opened with a raise to 800 before PokerStars qualifier Richard Lancaster three-bet to 2,200. Boxell was the lone caller to see a flop of 9♥5♦9♠.
Both players checked and the J♣ hit the turn. Boxell checked and Lancaster bet 3,500. Boxell responded with a check-raise all in for another 10,500 but Lancaster made a quick call with 5♣5♠ for a full house as Boxell was drawing slim with his K♠J♠. It wasn't to be on the 8♥ river as the Kiwi jumps to 55,000, sending Boxell to the rail.
5:00pm: Play resumes
The players are back with around 120 of the original 139 starters still in contention. Leading the way is John Apostolidis and Stevan Lackovic who both hold around 50,000 chips.