ANZPT Perth Day 1b: Level 7 (blinds 400-800, ante 100)

8:05pm: That's it!

We're all done here in Perth on Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event. It looks like Didier Guerin will hang on to the chip lead with a stack of around 140,000, although there were a couple of players approaching 110,000 as the final hands were being dealt. There are around 95 players surviving the day.

We'll have the chip counts for the entire field and a wrap of today's action for you shortly.

8:00pm: How many antes would you miss for a girl?

For Josh Barrett, it's two. He's already filled out his bag tag and left a couple of antes for the final two hands as he quickly scurried out of the poker room a little early. Of course, a man would only leave his antes to defend themselves for one reason....a red hot Thursday night date in Perth!

7:55pm: Triple for the Jeweller

Steve "The Jeweller" Lindeblad has tripled up and given a spray at the same time in true Jeweller style. He was all in preflop with J♦J♥ and found two callers. Things looked rosey when the flop landed J♣7♠3♠ as Aleks Lackovic bet into the side pot to force a fold from the third player.

Lackovic tabled A♠4♠ but Lindeblad didn't have to worry about fading spades when the 7♣ turn filled him up. The river was the 3♣ and Lindeblad gets back up to 25,000.

7:40pm: Huang hung by big blind special

Sadly, we've just lost one of the marquee players of this event with Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang sent crashing to the rail.

Huang got off to a good start today, but then struggled to increase his stack too much further during the middle levels of play. His final hand came when he raised under the gun and found action from the big blind directly to his right.

They saw a flop of K♦3♣5♣ where the big blind led out with a bet of 3,000. Huang raised to 8,300 but his opponent quickly and defiantly plonked his entire stack into the middle. Huang quickly called off his last 20,000 and tabled K♣Q♥ but found that his opponent had flopped two pair with an ambitious 3♠5♥.

Huang would need to improve but the 8♦ turn and 2♦ river left him to make his way to the rail as his tournament is over.


Bryan Huang during happier times

7:25pm: The rich get richer

With a raise to 1,800 and a call in front of him, Didier Guerin three-bet to 4,500. Josh Barrett deliberated before releasing his big blind as Guerin picked up one caller to see a flop of 8♠2♥2♠.

The middle position player led out with a bet of 6,000 but Guerin was having none of it as he popped it up to 20,000 - effectively enough to put his opponent all in. She folded and Guerin moved up to 145,000.

Moments later Guerin and Barrett tangled, with 3,300 committed on the flop, the turn checked and Guerin leading for 10,000 on the river on the board of Q♠9♥7♣K♠5♣. Guerin showed A♥K♦ for top pair as Barrett tossed his cards into the muck in frustration.

Guerin is now at 165,000 with Barrett down to 25,000.

7:05pm: Play resumes

The players are back with 112 still alive with one more level to play on Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth. Didier Guerin and Anthony Aston are the two runaway chip leaders at the moment, and would you believe it, they are roommates!