ANZPT Perth Day 3: Levels 19 & 20 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

7:20pm: Level up - blog will continue on new page

7:15pm: Teddy crippled by Kearns

Aaron Lim opened with a raise to 26,000 before Ted Nguyen moved all in from the button for 195,000. Patrick Kearns thought long and hard in the big blind before also declaring himself all in. Lim folded reluctantly (what he later said was pocket sevens) as Nguyen opened A♦J♥ to be in trouble against Kearns' A♥Q♠.

It didn't get any better for Nguyen as the board ran out Q♣5♣3♥8♠9♣.

Nguyen was down to his last 9,000 but quadrupled up next hand when his A♦5♥ held against Ricky Kroesen's K♥J♥ to get up to around 40,000.

7:00pm: O'Rourke out

Ricky Kroesen opened with a raise to 30,000 from under the gun and action folded to Liam O'Rourke who moved all in from the small blind. Aaron Lim moved all in over the top from the big blind to force Kroesen out of the way.

O'Rourke: 8♠8♦
Lim: Q♣Q♠

The board fell J♠J♦7♦4♠T♦ to leave Lim's queens in front and eliminate O'Rourke in 13th place for $7,600 in prize money.

6:55pm: Kings hold for Levy

Peter Gilbert opened with a raise from early position and action folded around to Grant Levy in the big blind who declared himself all in. It was another 200,000 or so to Gilbert who thought for a minute before making the call.

Gilbert: A♣T♣
Levy: K♥K♠

Levy cringed as his tournament was on the line, and it got even more interesting when the flop landed J♣K♣T♦. Levy flopped a set but Gilbert picked up a Royal Flush draw! The turn was the 8♥ and Levy clapped his hands in delight when the A♦ hit the river.

Levy doubles up to 500,000 with Gilbert back down to 160,000.

6:40pm: The king dethroned

Just as it seemed that Tony Hachem's tournament was gaining momentum, it has all come crashing back down in a heartbeat.

Peter Gilbert opened with a raise to 30,000 from the cutoff before Tony Hachem announced a raise from the big blind for his entire stack. Gilbert wasted no time in making the call.

Hachem: K♠K♥
Gilbert: A♦A♥

Ouch! The defending champ was going to need something special to get out of this one but he couldn't find a miracle king as the board ran out J♥7♥3♦Q♦7♣. After a count down of chips, Gilbert covered Hachem by 2,000 chips to send the Team PokerStars Pro to the cashier in 14th place in a gallant defense of his crown here in Perth.


Tony Hachem fiercely defended his ANZPT title, but his run has fallen short in 14th place

6:25pm: Hachem is king once again

During the break, Tony Hachem sat quietly at the side of the tournament area, ruing a few missed opportunities and a run of bad cards. However this crazy game of poker can make you or break you in an instant, as Hachem has returned from the break to grab a big double up.

Action folded to Hachem in the small blind who declared himself all in for his last ten big blinds. Peter Parsons squeezed his cards in the big blind and made a quick call.

Hachem: K♣K♠
Parsons: A♦J♠

The board ran out J♥6♣2♠5♦Q♠ to leave Hachem's kings in front for a double up to 240,000. Parsons is now back down to 200,000.

6:20pm: Play resumes - Level up, blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000

6:10pm: Ten-minute break

5:50pm: Doubles for Nguyen and Marsters

A couple of double ups have seen both Ted Nguyen and Tim Marsters stay alive in this tournament.

Nguyen moved all in for 115,000 following the open raise to 22,000 by Aaron Lim. After some lengthy consideration, Lim made a gambling call with Q♣T♣ and found himself with live cards against Nguyen's A♠J♠. The board ran out J♣T♦8♥6♠7♦ to give Nguyen the double up to around 250,000.

Marsters was down under ten big blinds a few minutes ago, but a double up through Peter Parsons has been followed by another through Mikael Rosen.

Rosen held A♦K♦ but found himself up against Marsters' A♠A♥. The flop brought a real sweat as it landed J♦8♦9♥ to give Rosen a flush draw. Marsters could hardly watch as the 6♠ turn and 4♥ fell to jump him up to a healthy 580,000. Rosen is now down under 200,000.


Tim Marsters has soared up the chip count leaderboard with back-to-back double ups

5:40pm: Split decision in Round 4 of Levy vs Rosen

The insane "bet and raise" battle between Mikael Rosen and Grant Levy continues with the two going at once again. This time though, both ended the hand smiling.

Levy completed the small blind and Rosen checked his option to see a 8♦2♣7♠ flop. Levy tossed out a bet of 12,000 and Rosen made the call.

The turn was the 9♠ and Levy made it 29,000 before Rosen came back with a raise to 59,000. It was then Levy's turn to deliberate before he raised it up again, this time with an additional 50,000. Rosen then tanked before declaring himself all in, with Levy snap-calling!

It was a big pot but the result wasn't as spectacular as Levy opened J♦T♠, only to see Rosen show J♥T♥ for the same hand! That round is a split decision boys!

5:30pm: Pagana perishes

Sebastian Pagana had been battling with a short stack for some time but his fight is now over as Liam O'Rourke claimed another scalp.

The chips were in preflop with Pagana holding A♣9♥ against O'Rourke's 6♦6♥. The board of J♦8♦K♥2♣7♦ missed both players to leave O'Rourke with the only pair as Pagana departs in 15th place for $7,600 in prize money.

5:25pm: Rosen doubles through Levy

Grant Levy and Mikael Rosen have been at each other's throats all afternoon, so it was no surprise to see them clash in a button versus small blind battle. The chips were in preflop with Rosen holding A♣K♥ and in a dominant position against Levy's A♦T♠ and it remained that way as the board landed 4♠7♦9♥K♠6♥.

"Cooler," sighed Levy, as Rosen doubled to 450,000 with Levy back down to 250,000.

5:10pm: Level up, blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000