APPT Auckland: Final table (level 22)

Live updates from the final table & level 22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 4000) 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.

5pm: One for the folks at home

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4.45pm: Brown back in the black

New Zealand's Jason Brown was the chip leader after day two and is again showing plenty of aggression on the APPT Auckland Main Event Final table.

China's Ke Sijia raised from under the gun to 70,000 and the action folded around to Brown who re-raised all-in from the big blind. Sijia went into the tank and Brown stood up, staring him down and trying to egg him into a call. Sijia eventually open-mucked [10h] [10d] and Brown pushed his hole cards towards him and said, "Pick one." Sijia turned up a K♥ and Brown took down the pot.

A few hands later, Sijia raised to 60,000 before the flop from the cut-off, New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Simon Watt called from the button, Gerome Guitteau called from the small blind and Brown announced he was all-in. The other three players folded and Brown took down the pot.

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The APPT Auckland trophy is close enough to touch for the remaining four players

Guitteau is still the chip-leader with 1,630,000 but the field is evening out as New Zealand's Simon Watt (1,320,000) and Jason Brown (1,240,000). Sijia is the short stack with 680,000 in chips.

4.20pm: Richard Lancaster eliminated in fifth place, NZD $42,606

Not long after the clock ticked into to level 22, New Zealand's Richard Lancaster made a move for his last 220,000 after French PokerStars Qualifier Gerome Guitteau's raise of 70,000 in early position.

Guitteau snap-called and tabled A♥ Q♥ but Lancaster was the favourite with A♣ K♣. The local crowd was behind their man, cheering as the flop came down 3♥ J♦ 8♠. The cheers turned to "oohs" as the turn produced the [10h], giving Guitteau a chance to make the straight with any king or nine.

Sure enough, the K♦ landed on the river; Lancaster and the other players knew that the New Zealander had been eliminated, but there was a moment of confusion from the crowd as the tournament director had announced that Lancaster had doubled up. He quickly corrected his mistake and the crowd gave Lancaster a great ovation.

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Richard Lancaster wishes the remaining four players all the best as he exits the APPT Auckland Main Event

The 35-year-old real estate agent collects NZD $42,606 for his fifth-place finish, leaving Jason Brown and PokerStars Qualifier Simon Watt as the last two Kiwis on the final table. Guitteau moved up to 2.1 million in chips (about 50 per cent of the chips in play) and back into the lead.

4pm: Simon says, gimme the chip lead

The action has slowed down as the final five players continue on the APPT Auckland final table, but New Zealand's Simon Watt is closing in on chip leader Gerome Guitteau. The action folded around to China's Ke Sijia who limped in from the small blind, Watt checked his option in the big blind and it was heads-up to a flop of 2♥ 2♦ 9♣.


Simon Watt has edged ahead of Gerome Guitteau to take the chip lead

Sijia checked, Watt led out for 30,000 but Sijia raised to 100,000. Watt thought about it for a short while before making the call. The dealer produced the J♥ on the turn; this time, the New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier led out for 140,000. Sijia sent his cards into the muck and Watt moved up to 1,350,000 in chips.