APPT Auckland: Level 15 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 15 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500) 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.

8.35pm: Off the Marc

A huge rail has packed around the remaining five tables in the APPT Auckland Main Event for the closing hands of day two. Just two players will miss out on a minimum cash of NZD $5523 - a heart-breaking prospect having already outlasted 229 of the 263 players who started the tournament.

One of those to come close was Marc Wittkopf. The local player started the day with just 22,000 in chips and was still standing with 35 players in the field. After pushing all-in with red fives, his hopes were dashed on a board showing 6♠ 3♣ 3♥ 4♦ 9♥ when Poker Stars Qualifier Gerome Guitteau bet enough to push Lance Climo out of the hand.

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Gerome Guitteau claimed a scalp then put himself out of the tournament ... temporarily

The Frenchman showed 6♦ 6♣ for a flopped full-house, sending Wittkopf on his way. However, he is currently serving a one-round penalty for showing his hand with action pending. Mike King has also just doubled-up through Assadour Assadourian, leaving both players on about 80,000.

8.20pm: Lance on the Climb-o

The hard luck stories of those who've been eliminated just shy of the money are mounting. Latest victim was Perth's Michael Pedley, who made his last stand with J♣ J♦ only to find Lance Climo waiting with K♦ K♠. The board flowed Q♠ 3♥ Q♦ 9♠ K♣, sending Pedley home and Climo, who qualified via a Last Chance Seat Only satellite on PokerStars, up to 260,000.

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Lance Climo is back near the top of the chip count after a quiet afternoon

Aussie PokerStars Qualifier Sal Fazino has worked his short stack almost into the money, and scored a timely double-up through Tim Macbeth with pocket aces against the A-J of the local. We're just two short of the bubble and the end of play on day two of the APPT Auckland Main Event.