ANZPT Perth Day 1b: Levels 5-6 (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

6:55pm: Ten-minute break

6:55pm: Hold the press! New chip leader!

We were looking forward to a break, but unfortunately Didier Guerin had other ideas. In a hand that went well into the break, Guerin got himself tangled in a huge three-way preflop clash holding Q♣Q♦ against both A♥T♠ and A♦K♠.

It was a huge sweat for Guerin but he held through the board of 3♠5♦T♦6♥4♣. Two players were sent to the rail as Guerin jumped into the chip lead with 121,000.


Didier Guerin is our new chip leader

6:50pm: Huntly becomes the hunted

ANZPT Sydney champ Gordon Huntly won't be making it back-to-back ANZPT titles. His run has come to an end after shoving pocket tens into an opponent's pocket aces. The board ran out 7-8-K-2-J to see Huntly become the hunted.

6:45pm: Long coolers one

Michael Long has just eliminated an opponent in a bit of a cooler. It was Long finding A♠A♦ at the right time as his opponent showed K♦K♥.

The board ran out 6♥4♦6♦5♥5♣ to see Long rake in the chips as Petar Lackovic regretted folding pocket fives! Long is up to 45,000.

6:35pm: Wielding the big stack

At the moment Aleks Lackovic holds the biggest chip stack in the room, at least physically. He may not have the largest denomination chips, but he does have three massive towers of green chips and several stacks of blacks in a structure that is equally impressive and intimidating.

However he just lost a few of those chips in a curious hand. Four players took a flop of 2♣5♠J♠ where a middle position player bet 2,000. Three players called before Deano Pejic check-raised over them all to 6,025. Two players reluctantly folded but Lackovic quickly called as the 9♠ hit the turn. Lackovic checked and Pejic checked behind as the 6♣ completed the board.

Lackovic tossed out a single 5,000-denomination chip but Pejic couldn't fold J♣7♣ for top pair.

"Nice call," sighed Lackovic as his bluff with A♣3♥ had been picked off.

"I think you missed a bet on the turn Aleks," chirped Steve Lindeblad.

Lackovic is still in good shape with 50,000 as Pejic moves up to 45,000.


Winning greens but losing yellows, Aleks Lackovic is well placed

6:15pm: Cracking aces

Joseph Vinecombe has been sent crashing to the rail when his A♥A♦ were cracked wide open by an opponent holding Q♥T♣. The chips were in on the flop of 8♠T♠9♣ with Vinecombe holding the lead but he stood and threw his head back in disgust when the T♥ appeared on the turn.

The river was the 3♠ and Vinecombe and his aces were eliminated.

6:00pm: Vesko falls

Vesko Zmukic has just swung past our blogging desk to let us know of his demise. Zmukic moved his last 7,000 in preflop with ace-ten but was called by an opponent holding pocket queens. Zmukic couldn't find an ace to save himself and was bundled out of the tournament.

5:55pm: Level up, blinds 300-600, ante 75

5:45pm: Prize pool information

The official prize pool and payout information has just landed in our inbox. With 89 yesterday and 221 today, the total number of entrants for the ANZPT Perth comes in at 310 players which is a record for number of entrants here in Western Australia.

The top 36 players will be rewarded with a minimum payday of $1,705 while the winner will collect the ANZPT title and $78,275. The final table payouts are as follows:

1st - $78,275
2nd - $49,600
3rd - $27,590
4th - $21,545
5th - $17,050
6th - $13,950
7th - $11,160
8th - $8,835
9th - $6,510


5:35pm: PG has the last laugh

Aaron Benton and Peter Gilbert have been at each other's throats all day today, but Gilbert has had the last laugh and eliminated the 2008 APPT Sydney champ from the tournament.

Gilbert opened with a preflop raise, and Benton three-bet from the small blind. Gilbert made the call to see a flop of 4♣3♣Q♠. That sparked Benton to move all in for his last 7,200 but Gilbert thought for a moment before making the call with 8♥8♣. Benton was in trouble with his A♣J♥.

The turn was the K♥ to give Benton more outs, but the river fell the 7♥. Benton thanked the table before departing the poker room.

5:20pm: OnTheMac on the rail

Jesse McKenzie couldn't get much momentum today and recently found himself sent to the rail in a three-way all-in clash. McKenzie's last 7,000 chips were in preflop with J♦J♠ and he was looking good for a near triple up against a short stack with T♣T♦ and a Deano Pejic with A♥Q♥.

The flop was an innocent 2♠9♦4♠ and McKenzie maintained the lead, but the 3♣ turn and 5♥ river gave Pejic a straight to wheel McKenzie and the shorty out of the tournament.

5:05pm: Queens meet kings

Didier Guerin has taken a hit after running his Q♠Q♣ into an opponent's K♣K♠. The chips were in preflop and when the dust settled, the board was spread 6♥A♣3♣4♥4♣.

Guerin doubles up his opponent but is still sitting comfy with a stack just under 40,000.

4:55pm: Play resumes

The players are back with 147 players remaining alive in our ANZPT Perth Day 1b field. Anthony Aston is the runaway chip leader. He can probably go home for the last three levels of the day and still bag up the chip lead with a stack of around 105,000.