ANZPT Perth Day 2: Level 14 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)

8:00pm: Day two is done

We need a moment to catch our breath after a stunning end to the day when Aaron Lim captured a massive pot and a clear chip lead at the end of the day. He'll bag up close to 550,000 with Ricky Kroesen next best with around 300,000. Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem (197,100) and Aussie Millions champ David Gorr (63,100) are also still in contention as 32 players will return tomorrow on day three.

We'll have a complete wrap of the day's action and full chip counts for the field for you shortly.

7:55pm: Nut flush jumps gives Lim a half mil

We had to wait until the dying minutes of the day, but we've just witness our first half million chip pot with Aaron Lim dispatching of Jeff Cawthorne in ruthless fashion.
With a raise under the gun, Lim and Cawthorne both called to see a flop of 6♦3♣2♦. Action checked to Lim who bet two-thirds of the pot with Cawthorne the lone caller to see the 7♣ hit the turn.

Cawthorne decided to lead out with a small one-third pot bet, which Lim called as the J♣ completed the board on the river. Again Cawthorne came out firing with a bet before Lim raised it up to 57,000 with well over 100,000 already in the middle. Cawthorne thought long and hard before moving all in but Lim snap-called!

Lim tabled A♣Q♣ for the nuts and walked away from the table to quietly celebrate as Cawthorne was left to lick his wounds with a brutal elimination late on day two.

Lim is now a runaway chip leader with over 520,000 chips!

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What a day for Aaron Lim!

7:40pm: Grunter takes out two

Grant Levy looks set to break his ANZPT duck after eliminating two players to jump up with the chip leaders. It was Levy's J♣J♠ up against both Q♥T♥ and A♦K♥ as the board bricked out 6♠T♠6♥2♣8♥.

A moment or two later, Levy was in the thick of it again with a five-bet preflop against Peter Parsons who eventually laid it down. Levy showed the 4♣ and raked in another pot. Levy is now up to 250,000 chips and looking good for his first ANZPT cash as only 33 players remain.

The word has been given for six more hands on each table before we call it a day.

7:25pm: Double double for Cartwright

Ash Cartwright has fought back to get his head above water with a couple of quick double ups. The latest one saw his ace-seven hold against king-queen when Cartwright paired his seven. He's now back to 70,000.

7:15pm: O'Rourke cripples Cartwright

Ash Cartwright may have one of the most colourful hairdos in Australian poker, but his chip stack is no longer as colourful after being crippled by Liam O'Rourke.

Kyle Cheong opened with a raise to 6,100 before Cartwright moved all in over the top for 58,200. Ricky Kroesen thought for a long time before folding, but O'Rourke didn't waste any time in the big blind as he moved all in for his last 47,100. Cheong ducked out of the way and the cards were tabled.

Cartwright: A♦5♥
O'Rourke: A♣A♥

The board ran out T♦4♥9♥9♦K♥ with no miracles for Cartwright as O'Rourke more than doubles to around 110,000. Cartwright was left with just 11,000.

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Ash Cartwright and his impressive hairdo

7:00pm: Play resumes

The 38 remaining players have scurried back to their seats as the final level of the day is now underway. Two players a little tardy back from their break were Mikael Rosen and Richard Lancaster after they were involved in a hand that extended well into the allocated break time.

The hand only saw a flop, but when we arrived on the J♦7♠4♦ board, Lancaster's bet of 26,300 had been bumped up an additional 29,000 by Rosen. It was a large chunk of Rosen's stack as Lancaster was deep in the tank contemplating the decision.

Lancaster eventually released his hand as Rosen turned, looked at us and opened a cheeky 3♥3♠ on the table. Good timing for the break for Lancaster but he's still in good shape with 200,000 as Rosen gets up to 180,000.