ANZPT Perth Day 2: Levels 12-13 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 500)
6:50pm: Ten-minute break
6:35pm: Aldridge misses
Ian Aldridge started today with just 10,900 in chips. He fought hard to get himself into the top 50 players, but ultimately, that's where his run would end.
Aldridge committed himself with the adventurous 9♥6♠ on a flop of 7♥K♠8♦ for an open-ended straight draw against Paul Satzke's K♦3♥ top pair.
The turn bricked the 4♦ and the river was an equally bricky 3♠. Aldridge is out as Satzke is now up to 150,000.
6:25pm: The curse of the ace
When you hold pocket kings, the odds of an ace hitting the board increase astronomically. It's a well-known fact of poker. Usually it costs you money because you're opponent has hit a pair with a raggedy ace, but this time is cost Lynn Brooks money after scaring her opponent out of the pot.
Brooks and her lone opponent got busy on a 2♠3♦2♥ flop when Brooks checked to her opponent who bet 12,000. Brooks check-raised the minimum to 24,000 and her opponent quickly called. The turn was the dreaded A♥ but it didn't stop Brooks from moving all in for around 50,000.
Her opponent was pained by the ace and quickly folded, what he said was pocket tens, as Brooks showed K♣K♥. Brooks moves up to 130,000.
6:10pm: One to watch
A few moments ago, Vince Moro told us to keep an eye on PokerStars qualifier Daryl Alderson. Moro told us that he's a very good player who regularly reaches final tables in Adelaide. It took only a few moments for Moro's wisdom to resonate onto the felt.
We caught Alderson in action on a flop of A♦8♦8♠. From middle position, Alderson bet 7,500 before his opponent raised to 22,000. That didn't slow Alderson, who peeked at his cards once again before re-raising to 57,500. His opponent folded and Alderson slammed Q♠J♣ defiantly down on the table as his opponent admitted to folding pocket queens.
One to watch for sure, Alderson is now up to 160,000.
5:50pm: Level up, blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 500
5:45pm: Just jacks
Didier Guerin has just recalled to us another nice pot that recently went his way. With an open raise to 10,000, Guerin made the call in the small blind to see a queen-high flop.
Guerin checked and quickly called a bet of 20,000, before both players checked the deuce turn. The river repeated another deuce, and Guerin check-called for 25,000. His pocket jacks were good as his opponent mucked. Guerin is up to 330,000.
5:30pm: All-in time waster
There's a strange technique employed by the dealers here in the Burswood poker room which has had players (and media) a little perplexed.
When there is an all-in clash, the dealers always count down the chips of both players and bring the bet amounts into the pot before the cards are dealt. In just about every other casino in the world, the chips are sorted out after the hand to save time in case the larger stack wins the hand anyway.
We've been noticing it over the past few days, but it was exaggerated in the recent Anthony Aston hand where there were stacks of chips were cut down all over the table as the dealers and floor staff took several minutes to sort out the all-in bet amounts before the turn and river could be dealt.
It wasted several minutes of time, so we had to find out about this rule and why it was going on. Apparently it's a government regulation that the dealers must break down the bets amounts and bring them into a pot. There's not much that the staff can do about it. It was a rule designed for cash games, but unfortunately the poker room hasn't yet been able to secure an exemption for tournaments where the chips have no monetary value and wasted time is so crucial.
Hopefully common sense prevails and the room can get around this annoyance in future, but for now, don't blame the dealers as they are just doing the job they've been instructed to do.
5:20pm: Another set jumps Aston to the top
Anthony Aston is a set machine! After storming out to a huge chip lead at the start of the day yesterday, Aston has again got himself motoring on Day 2 after winning the biggest pot of the tournament to date with yet another set.
The chips were in on a flop of J♥4♥6♠ with Aston tabling J♠J♣ for top set as his opponent was in trouble with K♦K♣. With only two cards to fade, the 2♦ turn and 9♠ river completed the board to see Aston rake in a massive pot and move up to 340,000 for the tournament chip lead.
5:10pm: Pairing the kicker
Warrick Spratling has secured a double up but he had to come from behind to do it. Spratling was all in with A♥7♥ and had one foot out the door when he was called by a dominant A♣Q♣ but he paired his kicker on the board of 7♣8♦3♥J♥9♣.
Spratling is up to 48,000.
5:00pm: Pagana perishes
ANZPT regular Sebastian Pagana has struggled with a short stack during the day today as he just couldn't find a double up to get himself back into contention. His tournament is now over after he shoved his last 8,700 with A♥7♦ but was called by an opponent with A♦Q♠.
The board arrived 3♣T♣3♠4♦9♥ to see Pagana join his mates on the rail.
4:50pm: Play resumes
The players are back for Level 12 with the blinds up to a hefty 1,200-2,400 with a 400 ante. There are currently 65 players still in contention with Didier Guerin and Mark Johnson our current chip leaders.
The next two hours could prove to be pretty interesting as we inch our way closer to the money stage of the tournament.