ANZPT Repechage: Kondevski and Neilson depart

Tony Kondevksi is a staple on the Australian poker scene. If he's not playing, he's railing, and if he's not railing, he's following the updates online on PokerStars or Facebook. As a former Melbourne Champs Main Event winner, this event would hold a special place in his heart, and it was a tremendous run to reach another final table after battling with a short stack for most of Day 2 yesterday. Unfortunately Kondevski's run has come to an end with his elimination in 7th place.

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Kondevski open-shoved from middle position with A♥7♣ but ran into Anthony Hachem's dominant A♣Q♠. Kondevski received no help as the board ran out K♣9♠K♥8♠J♣ to see Kondevski head to the rail in 7th place for $27,430 in prize money.

He was quickly joined by runaway day one chip leader Daniel Neilson.

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Neilson wasn't able to get much going late yesterday or today and with the blinds ticking up to 40,000/80,000/10,000 he found himself getting somewhat short. With a tick under a million in chips, Neilson moved all in from the small blind with J♣T♠ but Michel Bouskila quickly made the call with K♥Q♣ in the big blind. The board rolled off 8♥5♣8♦6♦2♠ to see Bouskila's king-high take the pot and eliminate Neilson in 6th place for $33,760.

Just like that, we're down to five. The chips are pretty even around the table with all players somewhere in the vicinity of three million in chips. They've now got a little room to manoeuvre so we should see play settle down a little.