ANZPT Auckland Day 3: Two more on the rail

The ANZPT Auckland final table continues to push onwards and upwards with two more players heading to the rail recently to leave us with our final five.

First it was our Cook Islands representative, Greg Stafford.


With a raise from big stack David Lim in front of him, Stafford looked down at 9♠9♣ in the small blind and moved all in for his last 116,500. The only problem for Stafford was that Paul Gahan woke up in the big blind with Q♣Q♠ and made the call.

The board ran out K♦T♦7♦5♥5♠ to see Stafford, and his eclectic array of shirts, sent home in 6th place for NZ$18,105.

Stafford was followed to the cashier by fellow short stack Stanislav Chataline.


Chataline's final hand started with a raise under the gun by Amant Nauhria, who seems happy to throw himself into every possible pot. Nicolas Oger called in middle position and Chataline came along in the big blind to see a flop of J♠7♦5♦.

Nauhria made a continuation bet of 34,000, which forced a fold from Oger but Chataline called to see the 3♠ hit the turn. Chataline checked and Nauhria bet another 42,000. Chataline thought for a moment before moving all in for another 97,000 on top, but Nauhria made the call with a creatively-played J♥3♥ for two pair. Chataline had a lot of outs with A♠7♠ and he was looking for any ace, seven or spade to double through and stay alive. But it wasn't to be, as the Q♥ completed the board to leave Chataline to pick up NZ$22,365 for his 6th place finish.

The hand gave some momentum back to Nauhria who had endured some tougher times recently. He doubled up Nathan Gubieski with a flush over flush to slip back to the pack, but eliminating Chataline would see Nauhria jump clear once again with around 1.45 million in chips. David Lim is still comfortable with 1.25 million while Gubieski is the big mover recently as he climbs to 870,000. Paul Gahan and Nicolas Oger are the short stacks with five players remaining.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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