APPT Auckland: Level 11 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 11 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 300) 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.

4.30pm: Watt powers into lead

Auckland's own PokerStars Qualifier Simon Watt is our new chip leader in the SKYCITY Festival of Poker Main Event. Having held his own against the big stacks of Soren Eriksen and Gerome Guitteau, he's now out of their firing line but sits on top of the counts with 210,000.

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Auckland's Simon Watt has edged into the chip lead

But we've farewelled Dennis Waterman after being stacked then busted in the space of two hands. Canadian PokerStars Qualifier Sean Wilson moved all in pre-flop for 66,000, sending Waterman into the tank for five minutes before making the call, tabling A-K but behind Wilson's pocket queens.

The board ran out [10h] 8♣ 6♣ [10c] 8♥, sending Waterman spiralling down to just 1500, which he promptly moved all-in on the next hand with J♣ 7♣, with Aussie George Moussa making the call and showing 9♣ 6♦. The flop of 7♦ 3♠ 9♥ paired up both players but Moussa was ahead with the nine. Needing either a jack or another seven, the turn and river A♣, 2♦ to send Waterman packing.

4.15pm: The Great Dane

Two of the players who dominated the 2009 New Zealand Poker Championships have outlasted almost three-quarters of the field in the APPT Auckland Main Event.


The clown prince of Aussie poker, Dennis "The Menace" Huntly

Originally from Denmark but now residing in New Zealand, reigning NZ champion Soren Eriksen holds more than 80,000 in chips while current NZ High Roller champion, Aussie larrikin Dennis Huntly, is on 55,000 and still in the running for his first APPT cash.

Chip count (approximate)

Simon Watt 210,000
Jason Brown 160,000
Helmut Waicane 150,000
Emad Tahtouh 145,000
Richard Lancaster 140,000

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Just moments after our photographer Phil Crawford caught the boys hamming it up, Eric Assadourian sent Grant Levy to the rail

4pm: Friendly fire claims Levy

Seated next to each other after an early break in tables, Team Australia Pros Grant Levy and Eric Assadourian just went head-to-head in a hand with Levy eliminated as a result.

Assadourian open-shoved for 25,000 from the cut-off before the flop holding A♠ 3♣, but found himself behind when Levy called him all-in with A♦ J♦ from the button.

The flop of 5♣ 9♠ 3♠ was a disaster for Levy, now needing one of three jacks to take the lead. The Q♦ on the turn was the wrong kind of paint; Assadourian took down the pot when the river bricked out with the 8♥. "Sorry mate," Assadourian said as they shook hands. With the mess mopped up, Assadourian moves up to 48,000 in chips.

3.45pm: Waicane? Why can't he?

We're down to less than 70 players early in the fourth level, with more than 60 players already eliminated on day two of the APPT Auckland Main Event at SKYCITY Casino.

Among those still in contention for the NZD $209,085 first prize is New Caledonia's Helmut Waicane. We just watched Waicane claim another vehicle when he pushed all-in over the top of an opponent's shove, and showed [10c] [10s] to be well placed against A♣ 8♣. The board ran out 7♥ 5♥ J♣ J♠ 3♦ and Waicane was up to almost 150,000.