ANZPT Sydney Day 1b: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)
6:50pm: Ten-minute break
6:45pm: This flight has a Pilat
The pace of play today has been a little slower than yesterday. Perhaps we'll see a late flurry of activity as the short stacks start to get troubled by the blinds and antes.
There was discussion earlier on today as to whether anyone could better last night's biggest chip stack which was Jay Kinkade's 148,100. At the moment Matthew Pilat seems the one most likely to threaten that mark as he has climbed up to over 100,000 chips.
6:25pm: Neilson attacks Dunwoodie
On a flop of 2♠A♦4♣, Daniel Neilson led out with a bet of 1,800 from middle position and found a call in the hijack before Sean Dunwoodie popped it up to 5,700 from the cutoff. Neilson had a quick look at Dunwoodie's stack before making the call as the third player got out of the way.
The turn brought the 2♣ and Neilson checked to Dunwoodie who bet 9,600, leaving himself about 12,000 behind. Neilson again looked disinterested but he soon sprung to life as he plonked his entire stack into the middle to put Dunwoodie to a decision for all his chips.
Dunwoodie took a moment before releasing as Neilson raked in a nice pot.
"Nice hand," sighed Dunwoodie. "You checked the f**kin' turn too!" he added.
PokerStars qualifier Neilson is now up to 53,000. We mention that he's a PokerStars qualifier as it was news to Neilson yesterday also. Last night we caught Neilson buying into the Main Event at the cashier, not realising that he'd actually won a seat online in a PokerStars satellite. Must be nice!
6:05pm: Chan chips up
One interesting player in today's field is Hong Kong's Justin Chan. A name that perhaps not many players in this country would know, but Chan has some solid credentials as the 2010 Macau Millions champion. He qualified for this event on PokerStars and has had a pretty good day so far.
We just caught him raking in a pot on a board of A♥2♠8♥6♥K♣. Both players checked down the river with Chan's A♣6♣ bettering his opponent's A♠J♦. Chan is up to 45,000.
5:50pm: Level up, blinds 200-400, ante 50
5:40pm: Joe Hachem out
We've lost our World Champion as Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem has been eliminated from the tournament. Hachem first lost most of his chips with pocket tens in a multi-way pot on a board of 5♣J♦2♦3♣. After raising preflop, Hachem bet the flop for 2,200 before his opponent led out on the turn for all of his chips. Hachem made the call but saw the bad news as his opponent showed J♥7♥. The river was another J♠ to rub salt into the wound and leave Hachem with just 1,300 in change.
He got them into the middle soon after holding K♦9♦ but couldn't improve against pocket eights on a board of 4-6-A-2-Q.
5:30pm: Rubie on the rail
Australia's number one online player in Brendon Rubie has been sent crashing out of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. He was battling with a short stack for most of the afternoon, and made his final stand with pocket tens but ran into an opponent's pocket queens.
The board bricked out without a ten to send Rubie to the rail.
5:15pm: Assadourian accumulating
Michael Mariakis opened with a raise from under the gun to 900 with Eric Assadourian and the big blind player making the call to go to a flop of 4♥5♣Q♣.
Action checked to Assadourian who bet 1,800. Both his opponents called and the 3♥ appeared on the turn. Again it was check, check to Assadourian who bet 4,200 which was enough to force both opponents to fold. Assadourian was kind enough to show his cards but perhaps his opponents didn't want to see his A♠9♣ for just ace-high.
Assadourian is up to 52,000.
5:05pm: Lee Nelson eliminated
We noticed the empty seat that previously belonged to Lee Nelson and enquired to the table what had happened.
"Nines against kings, all in preflop," came the reply, "and he was slow-rolled!"
"Well, he busted me at the Aussie Millions," defended the player in question, "so I had to get him back!"
4:50pm: Play resumes
The players are back following the second break of the day. One who was a little bit excited to reach the second break was Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang. Despite only having 13,000 in chips, Huang has lasted longer here today than he did in Adelaide or Perth, so he's pretty happy!
Fellow Team PokerStars Pros Tony and Joe Hachem are both still alive but a little under their starting stacks, while previous ANZPT champs Octavian Voegele and Grant Levy are also both struggling.
At the other end of the leaderboard, Janis Lesinskis has emerged as our half-time chip leader with a tick under 100,000 in chips. There are 201 players remaining.