APPT Auckland: Level 17 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 17 (blinds 4000-8000, ante 1000) 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: Last Team pro tumbles

The tournament is over for the final Team Australia Pro remaining, Sydney's Eric Assadourian. Nursing a short stack, he chased a straight with 7♦ 6♥ on a flop of Q♣ 8♦ 9♣ against the A♠ A♣ of Jason Brown. The chip leader's hand improved to a set on the turn of A♠, and the river 8♣ had Assadourian out of his seat. As always, he departed with a smile and wished the remaining players all the best for the remainder of the event.

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Eric Assadourian congratulates Jason Brown after he was eliminated

Next to go was Kani Edwards, who found his K♣ [10c] narrowly behind the K♥ Q♦ of Shilton Smith on a flop of K♦ 2♦ 3♦. The turn A♥ and river J♦ didn't help Edwards, who left in 18th position for NZD $7101.

2.15pm: Pros' best hands

As we tick down towards the end of the 2009 APPT Auckland Main Event, Lynn Gilmartin spoke to the local Team pro contingent about their top hands of the tournament:

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1.45pm: Brown bulldozes through field

Jason Mui's last stand came with A-J against the A-Q of Gerome Guitteau, and a board of bricks ensured that the US PokerStars Qualifier placed 22nd in the SKYCITY Festival of Poker Main Event.

We've also watched the eliminations of New Zealand's Ronny Wijaya, who shoved with pocket sevens only to find himself behind for good against the pocket aces of China's Ke Sijia, and another local Chris Tau.

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Chris Tau joined Jason Brown's growing list of victims

He was confirmed in 20th-place after becoming Jason Brown's latest victim. Tau was happy to see his pocket queens up against Brown's A♥ J♥, until the flop fell J♦ 3♠ J♣. The board ran out [10d] 2♠, extending Brown's chip lead.

1.30pm: Even dozen done and dusted

Still chasing our tails after a staggering 12 eliminations in the opening hour of play on day three of the APPT Auckland Main Event. Latest departures have included PokerStars Qualifier Robert Browning, who hails from the Philippines where the next event on the APPT will be held. Browning ran his A♣ Q♥ into the pocket kings of runaway chip leader Jason Brown, with the board flowing 3♦ [10s] 2♣ 7♦ J♠.

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We hope to catch up with Robert Browning at the next APPT event in Cebu, Philippines

He earned NZD $7101, as did Sal Fazzino who followed in 23rd. It was the Australian PokerStars Qualifier's K♠ [10s] chasing a straight on a flop of J♥ 8♣ 9♠ against the made hand of 9♦ 8♥ for local Richard Lancaster. The turn 4♣ and river [10h] were too little, too late for Fazzino.