APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 11 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 11 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 200) of the APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.

5.45pm: Three up, three down

The action had slowed down considerably but that was short-lived as we just witnessed the eliminations of Aussies George Moussa and Mark Vos and Korean PokerStars Qualifier In Wook Choi.

Moussa, who was the 2009 APPT High Rollers Event runner-up, told us that he had moved his last 30,000 over the betting line with a suited A-Q but ran into an opponent's pocket jacks and subsequently losing the race.

We then witnessed a massive double-up by Team Australia Pro Grant Levy courtesy of Choi when he ran his A♥ Q♥ into Levy's A♠ A♦. The flop of K♣ [10h] 5♦ was promising, but the turn of the 7♦ and the river 7♦ left Choi with just a solitary black T100 chip.

As his next hand was being dealt we heard the cry of "all-in, call" on table 18 where Vos had moved in with J♠ J♣ but was dominated by the A♠ A♣ of Dutch PokerStars Qualifier Sander Aalders. Vos had a few more outs when the flop came down 3♥ 2♥ 8♥, but Vos' day was done when the turn and river fell 7♦ Q♠.

When we got back to In Wook Choi's table with the board reading [10c] 7♦ 9♦ A♠, Choi had tabled a promising 7♥ 7♣ for middle set against Australia's Michael O'Grady. Snap - the river brought the 8♦ to give O'Grady the straight.

5.30pm: Poker premieres in Sports Theatre

Play is underway in the $1100 Teams Event as part of the APPT Sydney festivities. Players are enjoying a moment in the spotlight in the new Star City Sports Theatre, which is where the APPT Grand Final will be relocated tomorrow and for Sunday's final table from the Poker Room.

5.15pm: Blagov back on the radar

More than half of the players who took their seats for the start of day two in the 2009 APPT Grand Final have been eliminated after three 75-minute levels of play. There are 114 players still in contention for one of 48 places in the money and the first prize of AUD $594,000.


Chip leader at the start of day 2, Anton Blagov is back near the top of the count

The steady stream of eliminations continues with Japan's Wooka Kim, New Zealand media identity Brooke Howard-Smith and Sydneysider Patrick Fletcher all hitting the rail. And Adelaide's Emanuel Seal has just hit the rail after losing a race with A-K against the pocket queens of Anton Blagov on a board that never rose above eight-high. That took Blagov's stack to more than 270,000.

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4.45pm: Marcus makes for exit

Just moments before the break, 2008 APPT Manila Main Event champion Van Marcus hit the rail after moving his last 22,000 into the middle with K♣ Q♠, only to be called by American PokerStars Qualifier Anthony Venturini who tabled A♥ Q♣.

The dealer spread the board, but out of frustration Marcus quickly picked up the community cards and turned them upside down before leaving the room. After they were kindly turned back over, they revealed 4♥ 5♦ [10h] J♥ [10d] and Venturini is now on 152,000.

Marcus' cousin Rody Kaka had also been sent to the rail earlier by fellow Aussie Vesko Zmukic in same way on table 16, also moving in with K-Q but also never improving against the A-Q of Zmukic.


Rody Kaka has joined his cousin Van Marcus on the rail midway through day 2

It's better news for some of our other Aussies in the field - Sammy Youssef and back-to-back APPT Sydney High Rollers Event champion Jarred Graham are on the same table, but both have sizeable chip stacks. Youssef is on 224,000 and Graham is on 259,000, but there is no stopping Tom Grigg, who is now on a massive 440,000 in chips.