APPT Auckland: Final table (level 20)

Live updates from the final table & level 20 (blinds 8000-16,000, ante 2000) of the APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.

2.30pm: Lance Climo eliminated in eighth place, NZD $18,936

New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Lance Climo had been applying the pressure in this level, pushing all in and stealing the blinds and antes, but has been eliminated in eighth place at the hands of fellow Kiwi Simon Watt who is now on 830,000 in chips.

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Not what he wanted to see ... Lance Climo's hopes of winning the APPT Auckland title have ended

Climo led out from middle position and made it 48,000 to go before the flop, Watt re-raised from the big blind to 130,000. Climo snap-shoved for about 230,000 total, Watt beat him into the pot and turned over A♦ K♣, ahead of Climo's A♣ [10s].

Watt stayed in the lead on the flop of 3♣ 2♣ J♥ and had it all but in the bag when he paired his king with the turn K♠. Needing a queen to stay alive, Climo was off to the cage to collect his NZD $18,936 payday when the river bricked out 2♦.

2.15pm: Michael Shinzaki eliminated in ninth place, NZD $14,202

Michael Shinzaki will putting his NZD $14,202 prizemoney to good use on his tour of New Zealand after being eliminated in ninth place at the hands of French PokerStars Qualifier Gerome Guitteau.

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Commiserations ... Michael Shinzaki heads to the rail in ninth position

Guitteau raised to 42,000 pre-flop from the button, Shinazki moved all-in from the big blind for 340,000 and Guitteau called, tabling A♣ J♦, well ahead of Shinzaki's K♦ 5♥. The board was spread 7♣ A♥ [10s] 9♥ K♥, sending Shinzaki off to the Queenstown slopes and Guitteau back into the chip lead with around 1.5 million in his stack.

2pm: The Aussie battler

Australia's Assadour Assadourian is proving that poker is in the family's blood after moving up to 430,000 through New Zealand's Jason Brown. Brown made a raise from the cut-off to 36,000 before the flop; Assadourian made the call and they both checked a flop of [10h] 7♣ A♠.

Assadourian fired out a bet of 40,000 and Brown would call on both the turn 2♦ and the river J♠. Assadourian turned up A♣ K♣ at the showdown, Brown mucked and the applause went up from his supporters.


PokerStars Player Assadour Assadourian ... good bloke, can play

There seem to be a few Kiwis among the Aussie cheering section as the father of PokerStars Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian is bringing his own style of play and enthusiastic banter to the table, earning him the status of crowd favourite.