ANZPT Perth Day 3: Levels 17-18 (blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)
4:40pm: Ten-minute break
4:35pm: Sweet sixteen
We've had three rapid eliminations to see our field reduced to the final 16 players.
First it was Danny Stewart who pushed the button with ace-jack, only for Daren Frunks to wake up with pocket kings in the big blind. A jack fell on the flop but that was about as good as it got for Stewart as he picked up $2,945 for 19th place.
As the final table two tables were formed, Josh Foster's comeback story came to an end. He shoved A♦9♣ from the hijack but David Lloyd made the easy call with A♠K♣ in the small blind. Foster picked up a flush draw but missed on the board of 5♦8♦2♠J♦Q♠. He makes the pay jump to $3,410 for 18th place.
On the other table it was Mario Zulj who moved all in with 3♠3♦ and found action from Daren Frunks with his A♦T♦. Frunks connected with the board of 5♦A♣5♣8♦J♠ to pair his ace and eliminate Zulj in 17th place.
4:25pm: Foster feels the pain
Tom Labouchardiere has severely dented the hopes, and the stack, of Josh Foster. Labouchardiere opened with a raise, Foster shoved and Labouchardiere made the call with pocket kings as Foster would need some help with his ace-ten.
The board ran out [q] to see Labouchardiere double to 390,000 with Foster crippled to just 14,000.
He did manage to virtually triple up next hand, making a pair of aces on the flop, and followed that soon after with another double up to get himself to 100,000 and with a pulse once again.
4:15pm: Aston runs a nice bluff
Anthony Aston has run a rather sweet bluff against Paul Satzke to move into second chip position. We caught it on a flop of 8♠T♥4♠ with Aston leading for 66,000 from the small blind. Satzke raised to 140,000 to send Aston into the tank for a long time before he declared himself all in. Satzke quickly folded and Aston slammed A♥7♥ down on the table defiantly to show his bluff to the world.
Aston is now up to 550,000 and look very strong for back-to-back ANZPT final tables.
4:00pm: Flush not enough for Cheung
Derek Cheung moved all in for his last 80,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Jon Curtis who made the call in the small blind. Cheung opened K♣9♣ and was probably pretty happy to see Curtis open 4♥4♠ for a coinflop.
The flop was an interesting 7♣7♦3♣ as Cheung added a flush draw, but the turn was an even more exciting 4♣. Cheung made his flush but found himself dead as Curtis improved to an unbeatable full house. The river was the 6♣ as Cheung takes $2,945 back to Hong Kong for 20th place.
3:45pm: Carlsson goes the backdoor
Mathew Carlsson has just landed an impressive double up after getting there with a creative 7♠6♠. The chips were in preflop against Paul Satzke's A♦J♥, with Carlsson catching a backdoor flush on the board of 5♦8♠3♥J♠A♠.
Carlsson is back to 250,000 with Satzke slipping to 300,000.
3:40pm: Level up, blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000
3:35pm: More for Lloyd
Another big pot has gone the way of David Lloyd as his grip on this tournament tightens. Catching the action on a flop of Q♠4♣J♠, Lloyd led out for 35,000 from the small blind before Daryl Alderson raised to 80,000. Daren Frunks folded but Lloyd didn't slow down as he tossed out chips to raise to 135,000. Alderson made the call before both players timidly checked the K♦ turn and 6♦ river.
Lloyd opened Q♥J♥ for two pair as Alderson stared at the cards, almost in disbelief, before mucking his card. Lloyd is up to 950,000 with Alderson slipping to 190,000.
3:30pm: Unlucky Loobas
Our Estonian entrant, Daniel Loobas, had a great run here in Sydney, but his tournament is now over after getting pretty unlucky. Loobas was all in twice today preflop with pocket aces, and both times they were cracked. The second one was by Derek Cheung and his pocket nines when the board ran out J♠9♥7♥4♥J♣.
Loobas is out in 21st place for $2,945 in prize money as Cheung chips up to 140,000.
3:25pm: Cruel jack buries Harich
Craig Harich is currently at the cashier wondering what might have been.
What might have been if the river didn't crush his tournament like a bug.
Harich was all in with A♠K♠ against Tu Le's pocket jacks and looked set for a big double up when two kings found their way onto the flop. The turn was a brick, but the river was a brutal two-outer jack to see Harich derailed. Meanwhile Le is now up to a healthy 355,000.
3:15pm: Lloyd sets the pace
David Lloyd has won the largest pot of the tournament as John Delvecchio's tournament has come to an end. After a min-raise preflop, Delvecchio check-raised all in with A♥6♣ on a flop of J♥7♥6♥ but Lloyd made the call with 6♦6♠ for a set of sixes.
Delvecchio would need a heart but the turn and river bricked out to see Delvecchio eliminated in 23rd place as Lloyd climbs to 800,000 for a massive chip lead over the field.
3:00pm: Last female standing
The last female standing was WA's own Lynn Brooks, but her run has come to an end in 24th place. Brooks moved in with ace-ten but Jon Curtis called with pocket tens and improved to a set on the flop as the board ran out [T]. Brooks collects $2,635 for her efforts.
2:50pm: Double KO
Lucas Mierzwa has taken out both Leslie Laczko and Joe Dwyer with a handy river in a double elimination.
Mierzwa had the worst of it with A♣7♣ against Dwyer's A♦K♥ and Laczko's 2♥2♣, but the board arrived 8♠6♦9♦9♣7♦. Mierzwa pairs up to eliminate Laczko in 26th and Dwyer in 25th.
2:45pm: Spratling goes splat
Shortly after the resumption of play, we lost Warrick Spratling in 27th place. Spratling was all in with pocket nines against the pocket jacks of Danny Stewart as the board ran out eight-high. Spratling picked up $2,325 for a fine tournament.
Stewart thought he was in business, but next hand he doubled up the short-stacked John Delvecchio. Stewart held A♠K♠ but Delvecchio kings held on the queen-high board to double through to 270,000.
2:40pm: Play resumes
The players are back in action with 27 still in contention for the ANZPT Perth Main Event title.