ANZPT Perth Final Table: Levels 20 & 21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)
2:40pm: Ten-minute break
2:35pm: Han Luu eliminated in 6th place
On the final hand of the level, Grant Levy opened with a raise to 32,000 from under the gun before Han Luu defiantly thumped 90,000 into the middle from late position. Action folded back to Levy who this time acted pretty quickly in declaring himself all in, with Luu insta-calling!
Levy's aggression had got him into a troubling spot, but that all changed when the flop landed K♥4♥2♥ as he flopped the nut flush! Just to make sure, the A♣ hit the turn to leave Luu drawing dead as the 9♦ completed the board.
Luu departs in 6th place for $26,600 as Levy heads off to the break with around 1.1 million chips.
2:20pm: Corr doubles with jacks
John Corr has just found a much needed double up. He opened from the button to 35,000 before Tim Marsters moved all in from the big blind. Corr made the call instantly with J♥J♠ as Marsters tabled A♦K♦.
The board bricked out 9♠7♥4♠3♠9♣ to leave the jacks in front for a double up to nearly 700,000. Marsters it back down to around one million.
2:15pm: Lim tames Grunter
Grant Levy and Aaron Lim are going to give us plenty of entertaining, aggressive poker here this afternoon. In a battle of the blinds, the two saw a flop of A♣5♣6♠. After raising preflop, Levy led out for 54,000 from the small blind with Lim making the call as the 4♥ hit the turn.
Levy released a second barrel worth 86,000 and again Lim flat-called to see the 2♠ complete the board. Levy took a good minute before checking to Lim who also considered all options before checking behind.
Levy opened K♣Q♥ for just king-high as Lim showed 6♥7♠ for a pair of sixes which was enough to take it down. Levy slips to 650,000 with Lim now up to 1.15 million and looking strong.
2:05pm: Weak means strong
The action has slowed down a little, with very few flops being seen. Aaron Lim has collected a few chips with a squeeze three-bet and then a couple of uncontested pots, while Han Luu just took some chips off Grant Levy.
Levy opened with a min-raise to 32,000 before Luu popped it to 87,000 on the button. Levy went deep into the tank for several minutes as he carefully studied his opponent.
"You look so nervous!" said Levy as he flashed the A♦ and folded. "You knocked out my buddy Joel the other day. He said you looked weak and he shoved on you with pocket fours and you had pocket queens!"
"Strong means weak, and weak means strong!" laughed Luu as he chipped up to 520,000.
1:45pm: Levy picks up the ladies
There really has been some great aggression shown on this final table, and we just saw yet another three-bet preflop, this time from Grant Levy. John Corr opened to 40,000 before Levy popped it to 93,000 in the small blind.
Corr thought for a long time, but eventually decided to fold as Levy flashed Q♣Q♥!
1:40pm: Level up, blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000
1:35pm: A few more three-bets
The end of the level passed with few dramas. John Corr collected a pot when he three-bet Han Luu to take it down, while Patrick Kearns tried the same against Grant Levy.
Levy had opened to 26,000 before Kearns made it 55,000 from the small blind. Levy called and the flop was 8♥3♠4♦. Kearns checked, Levy bet 67,000 and Kearns gave it up. Kearns is now down to 280,000.
1:25pm: Peter Parsons eliminated in 7th place
Tim Marsters opened with a raise to 25,000 before Peter Parsons three-bet to 56,000 in position. Marsters asked for a rough count before moving all in with Parsons calling off his last 200,000.
The flop of 2♥T♠5♣ left Parsons in front but the K♦ on the turn shifted things in favour of Marsters. Parsons needed an eight to survive but it wasn't to be as the 9♣ hit the river. Parsons heads to the cashier in 7th place for $21,500 in prize money, as Marsters is now up to 1.4 million chips and happy to have removed a very dangerous opponent.
1:15pm: Marsters hits the front
In a rare showdown, Tim Marsters has taken another pot to jump into the chip lead. It was a battle of the blinds as Marsters raised the small blind and Grant Levy defended his big blind. Marsters fired 35,000 on the 6♦2♥T♦ flop, with Levy making the call, before both players checked the K♣ turn. The river was a J♥ and Marsters led out for 76,000 with Levy looking him up.
Marsters opened T♠T♥ for a set of tens as Levy flashed the T♣ and mucked.
"Bet the turn one time!" chirped Marsters as he's now up over the one million chip mark as Levy slips to 800,000.
1:10pm: Five-bet from Marsters
Ok, so maybe we sounded harsh in that last post. One of the reason the players are taking their time is that there have been a lot of aggressive betting and some serious psychological warfare in the early stages of this final table. We just saw another example of it in another hand that didn't even reach a flop.
Han Luu opened with a raise to 26,000 from the cutoff and Patrick Kearns called out of the small blind. Tim Marsters then put in a squeeze from the big blind to 81,000. Luu was a non-believer as he put in a four-bet to 170,000 in total. That was enough to force Kearns out of the way but Marsters wasn't done with yet, as he announced himself all in. Luu thought for a few moments but gave it up as Marsters cheekily flashed the 8♥.
1:00pm: Slow but steady
The updates may be a little slow today. It's not the fault of the dealers or your humble tournament reporter, but the players on this final table have shown a tendency all tournament to be very deliberate with their decision making. There were several hands yesterday that took ten minutes to complete, while we've already seen a few big decisions given plenty of thought here today.
One such hand was a battle of the blinds between Grant Levy and Aaron Lim, and we didn't even get to see a flop!
Levy opened to 32,000 from the small blind, before Lim took his time before making it 81,000 to go. These are the spots where Levy was rather dominant yesterday when the stacks were deep and the psychology was intense. As expected, Levy came back with a four-bet to 168,000 which forced a fold from Lim. Levy flashed the A♥.
12:50pm: Ted Nguyen eliminated in 8th place
Well, it looks like West Nam United will be at full strength this afternoon as Ted Nguyen is now on his way to the field after his elimination from the final table in 8th place.
Nguyen opened from middle position to 27,000 before Aaron Lim popped it up to 69,000 in the cutoff. Action folded back to Nguyen who deliberated before sliding his stack into the middle with Lim quick to call.
Nguyen was in great shape to double up but it appears that he used all his luck up yesterday as the board ran out 4♣5♥6♦K♥7♦ to the groans of the fans on the rail. Fan favourite Nguyen is out in 8th place for a cash of $16,450.
12:45pm: West Nam United await the arrival of their star
We thought Ted Nguyen would be playing pretty fast when he took his seat at today's final table, after entering as the short stack of the field. Nguyen will also have a "nothing to lose" attitude after recovering from just 9,000 in chips late yesterday to reach the final day of play.
However we've just learnt that Nguyen will also be in a hurry for another reason. His local soccer team is playing in the finals this afternoon with the big game set to kick off at 3pm. Nguyen's team is the brilliantly named West Nam United and they are taking on fierce rivals Hue this afternoon. It's a win-win for Nguyen as he's looking to either double up quickly, or get to his soccer final on time.
12:40pm: Final table underway!
After the usual media formalities and player introductions that come with reaching an ANZPT Final Table, Burswood Poker Room Manager Deb Wyatt has given the official word to "Shuffle up and Deal!"
The clock has been wound back to the start of Level 20 with the blinds at 6,000-12,000 with a 1,000 ante.
Nothing beats a lazy Sunday...well, except a final table
Ahhh Sundays. It's the day of the week that everyone loves. No one minds if you sleep in. It's okay to laze around on the couch. Even God took a day of rest on Sunday. Another popular Sunday pastime is the Sunday brunch where a stiff coffee, a croissant and the weekend newspaper is a fantastic way to spend a morning.
Over in the West, they are blessed with the perfect weather to do exactly that - the thermometer hasn't been below 34 degrees Celcius all week. The coastal city of Fremantle is well known in the Eastern states for their AFL team, the Fremantle Dockers. However Freo is also a gorgeous coastal city with an old school facade full of interesting cafes and restaurants that will be bustling this morning.
(Image courtesy of Tourism Australia)
With our caffeine hit taken care of we're back in the Burwood Poker Room this afternoon for the final table of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event. It's going to be an intriguing finale with PokerStars qualifier Grant Levy leading the way as he strives to become only the second player in history to possess both APPT and ANZPT crowns.
We should also congratulate Dan Neilson who was victorious last night in the High Rollers Event. Dan obviously loves playing in Perth as he adds another title and $50,000 to his bankroll. The one-day event was obviously well received by the players as a field of 31 players turned out for the event, which is a record for the High Rollers here in Perth.
The final table will kick off at 12:30pm local time (GMT+8) with all the live updates exclusively on the PokerStars Blog.