APPT Sydney: Simon says you're eliminated

Less than 100 players – 97 to be exact – have returned after the dinner break as the race for the money starts in earnest on day 2 of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final.

Apparently a handful of players wanted to extend their meal break judging from the frenzied activity just before the dinner bell sounded.

Team PokerStars Pro Gavin Griffin, PokerStars Sponsored player Ivan Tan and Tom Guise were all KOed in a remarkable few minutes.

Tan and Guise were eliminated by Simon Wallace on the same hand after the flop came Js 10s 3h. Guise showed Ks-Jc; Tan showed pocket threes for bottom set; Wallace showed pocket 10s for middle set. Wallace’s set held through the river taking his stack to 200,000.

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All over: Gavin Griffin has been eliminated from the APPT GF.

Griffin’s tournament ended when he committed the last of his chips with A-8 against Michael Whibley’s A-Q. The Team PokerStars Pro took the lead on a flop of Ah-8d-10d but his tournament ended when the Qh hit on the turn.

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Jason Gray's dominance of this event is under threat

Whibley then put a big dent in the stack of former chip leader Jason Gray (two-pair against Gray’s pocket kings) to send him back to the pack for the first time today.

Maybe it was Mexican on the menu at the Garden Buffet tonight as the action has been fast and fiery since players again took their seats. Greg Cook doubled up when his pocket queens improved to a set on the turn against pocket aces, then almost straight after, Jamie Pickering won a hand in almost identical circumstances (set of queens against pocket aces).

Other recent eliminations have included New Zealand’s Martin Cardno, Jay Huxley, Kristine Milinkovic, Khac-Trung Tran, Mark Vos, Dennis Huntly, Warwick Mirzikinian, Alex Dickinson and Suzy Khoueis.