ANZPT Perth Day 3: Levels 17 & 18 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)
5:10pm: Level up, blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000
Due to the unscheduled break, we won't be taking this break right now, but our coverage will continue with the next level on a new page.
5:00pm: Corr claims another
John Corr is unstoppable right now. He's just claimed another victim in Shane Rakich. Corr opened to 21,000 before Rakich moved all in for around 120,000. Corr took a few moments before making the call with J♦J♣ and he was in good shape against Rakich's A♣T♠.
Rakich could a pair on the flop but it wasn't enough as the board ran out T♥8♦4♦K♦5♦. Corr made a flush to take it down and eliminate Rikich in 16th place for $6,300 in prize money.
4:55pm: Luu doubles through Kroesen
Han Luu has just doubled up through Ricky Kroesen with all the chips in preflop. Kroesen held A♠K♥ but he'd run into the A♦A♣ of Luu.
The flop gave Kroesen a glimmer of hope as it landed T♦Q♥Q♠ to give him a straight draw, but the 8♥ turn and 4♠ river bricked out.
Luu's stack of 156,000 was doubled as Kroesen slips to 160,000.
4:50pm: Corr on a heater
The break in play hasn't slowed the momentum of John Gorr as he starts to get himself back into contention.
After Peter Parsons opened to 16,000, Corr made the call to see a flop of 5♦K♠2♥. Action was checked as the 9♦ hit the turn. Corr led out for 21,000 and Parsons called as the 9♣ fell on the river. Corr checked, Parsons slid out 41,000 and Corr quickly called.
"Jacks," sighed Parsons as Corr opened K♥6♥ for a pair of kings to take it down.
Moments later the short-stacked Vesko Zmukic moved all in for around 75,000 with A♠J♠ but Corr made the call with Q♥Q♠. The board ran out 2♣9♦9♣7♠4♠ to miss Zmukic and eliminate him in 17th place as Corr jumps to 350,000.
4:45pm: Play resumes
4:35pm: Ten-minute break
The clock has been paused and the players sent on an unscheduled ten-minute break while some repair work is carried out on one of the shuffling machines.
4:30pm: David Gorr eliminated
In a battle of the short stacks, David Gorr and John Corr were all in preflop with the Aussie Millions champ going with J♥J♣ up against the A♣Q♠ overcards of Corr.
The first four community cards were safe for Gorr but the K♥8♠5♣K♠Q♠ board gave Corr a rivered pair of queens. As the chips were cut down, Corr had Gorr covered by only a few thousand to eliminate the Aussie Millions champ in 18th place for $6,300 in prize money. Corr is now up to 200,000.
4:25pm: Lancaster folds the best hand
We're still stuck at 18 players with very little action to report. Aaron Lim and Grant Levy are still actively bullying with their big stacks, while the short stacks are trying to keep their head above water.
Shane Rakich is one who is fortunate to still be alive after he raised preflop to 25,000 and found a caller in Richard Lancaster on the button to see a 3♣6♠J♦ flop. Rakich instantly declared himself all in for his last 113,000 as Lancaster went into the tank. It was around half of Lancaster's stack and he decided to wait to find a better spot as he open-folded pocket tens. Rakich returned serve by flashing pocket nines as he jumped to 185,000.
4:10pm: Hachem takes a hit
Tony Hachem limped in from the cutoff before Peter Parsons raised to 24,000 on the button. The blinds folded but Hachem called to see a flop of A♣J♥3♣. Hachem check-called a bet of 21,000 as the K♠ hit the turn. Both players checked and the river brought a repeat A♠.
Hachem checked and Parsons slid out a bet of 59,500. Hachem didn't take too long to announce a call. Parsons showed A♥J♠ for a full house as Hachem flashed the Q♥ and folded. Hachem slips to 140,000 with Parsons now up to 550,000.
4:00pm: Level up, blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500
3:35pm: Slow going but Levy keeps things interesting
It's been slow going after the redraw for the final two tables, with very little action to report. There was one interesting hand between Mikael Rosen and Grant Levy that took close to ten minutes to complete, and we didn't get past the flop.
Levy opened with a raise and found three callers to a flop of 8♦2♠5♣. Levy's continuation bet of 29,000 was met with resistance from Rosen who raised to 68,000 and action folded back to Levy. He put in another raise, but it was only small - another 46,000 on top of Rosen's bet with around 200,000 already in the pot.
Rosen went into the tank for a long time. So long, that tablemate Vesko Zmukic was forced to call time. Rosen eventually folded and Levy showed Q♣J♣ for just queen-high!
Levy is now our chip leader with 560,000 as Rosen slips to 300,000.
3:10pm: Cartwright runs into the rockets
A short-stacked Ash Cartwright moved all in for roughly 80,000 with 9♦8♦ but ran smack bang into Ricky Kroesen's A♥A♦.
"Unlucky Rickwaa," chirped Grant Levy in jest at an anticipated bad beat, but it wasn't to be on the board of Q♦J♠Q♥J♥K♦. Cartwright is out as the clock has now been paused as the players redraw for the final two tables of play.
3:05pm: Chevalier eliminated
Aaron Lim opened with a raise from late position before Danny Chevalier moved all in from the big blind. Lim deliberated for some time before making the call.
It was a great call by Lim and his hand held on the board of 8♥3♠Q♣2♣K♣. Another ANZPT cash for Chevalier as he heads to the cashier to pick up $5,050 for his 20th place finish.
3:00pm: O'Rourke busts two shorties
Liam O'Rourke opened with a raise from middle position before the short-stacked Mile Krstanoski moved al in from the small blind. O'Rourke called with A♥6♦ to find himself up against 5♣5♥.
Krstanoski had a pair but was distraught to find himself counterfeited on the board of J♠9♠9♥Q♠J♦. He heads to the rail in 22nd place.
Moments later, O'Rourke dispatched of another short stack as Chris Ngatoa moved all in with 8♠7♠ but O'Rourke called with T♣T♥. The flop was an interesting J♣J♠J♥ to leave Ngatoa needing a miracle (backdoor straight flush, one time?). It wasn't to be as the K♣ and 6♣ completed the board. Ngatoa finishes in 21st place as O'Rourke is now up to 380,000.
2:55pm: Pagana survives
Sebastian Pagana has found a much needed double up, as his 9♦9♣ held against the A♠Q♥ of Ash Cartwright on a board of 3♣2♠8♦5♥8♠.
Pagana gets himself to 80,000 with Cartwright now on the short stack with about 45,000.
2:50pm: Play resumes
The 22 remaining players are back in action for Level 17. Aaron Lim has been pretty quiet today be he hangs onto his chip lead with 450,000, ahead of Grant Levy who stormed to 420,000, while Liam O'Rourke has quietly worked his way up to 300,000.