APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 13 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 13 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 300) 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.

8.45pm: ... and that's stumps

APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has just announced there'll be seven more hands played on day two of the APPT Grand Final. His prediction that the field would be slashed from 226 to 64 proved astute with the field hovering around 66 as we enter the final 15 minutes of play. Team Pro Eric Assadourian has charged up the chip count late in the day and at the same time astounded the 50 per cent of our blog team with his psychic ability.
The action folded around to Canadian PokerStars Qualifier Jacob Meyer who raised to 7500 from the cut-off. Assadourian called from the big blind and they went heads-up into a flop of A♥ J♦ 8♠.

Assadourian checked-called Meyer's bet of 11,100, then repeated his action after Meyer's bet of 22,500 on the turn of the Q♣. Meyer then checked behind Assadourian on the river 3♠ but mucked when the 2007 APPT Macau High Roller champion tabled Q♠ J♣.
With the action complete, Assadourian's stack went up to ... "330,000," Eric said after a quick glance of his chips. Just what we'd scrawled down!

8.30pm: Untimely slip for Caridad

ANZPT Sydney third-place finisher John Caridad has just shipped a slab of chips to compatriot Alex Lin double as we approach the end of day two with 71 players remaining. Lin was the all-in player and the cards were tabled before flop; Lin showed 9♥ 9♣ but was flipping against Caridad's A♦ J♣. The board ran out K♥ 6♦ 2♦ 2♣ 5♦, doubling Lin up to 118,000 while Caridad slipped to 86,000.


A first, a second and a good run in the Grand Final for John Caridad at APPT Sydney

8.15pm: Grigg out-kicks opponent to the rail

The crowd was practically in the player's laps as we tried to squeeze through to catch the action between Australia's Tom Grigg and an opponent and we only managed to get the board, the winning hand and the recount from Grigg. As Grigg regaled after the hand, he had raised to 6000 from late position before the flop and the opponent called from the big blind, then check-called his bet of 12,000 on the flop of 3♣ 7♥ A♦.


The rail is packed around each of the eight remaining tables in the Star City Poker Room

On the turn of the A♣, the opponent check-raised Grigg's bet of 27,000 and made it 60,000 to go. Grigg called, then he tank-called after the opponent's open-shove on the river 6♠. Grigg had tabled A♠ Q♦ against the opponent's A-10 - both had trips but Grigg had him outkicked, the TD MC'ing declared it "the call of the tournament". The opponent was sent to the rail and Grigg is back in the chip lead with 615,000.

8pm: Leaders bunch late in the day

It's getting tight at the top of the chip count with Jimmy Tran (450,000), Aleks Brkovic (435,000), Sander Aalders (410,000) and Tom Grigg (400,000) holding the top spots as we tick into the final hour of play.

We recently farewell PokerStars Qualifier Terrence Chan after he shoved his short stack with K♥ 9♦ but found Mike Ivin up to the challenge with A♣ 7♣. They watched the board flow 5♣ 2♦ 5♦ 7♠ A♥ to end Chan's hopes of a second APPT Grand Final cash (he was 29th here two years ago).

7.45pm: Hunted gets the Hunter

PokerStars Qualifier Aaron azzabentonaces Benton (and a former contestant on the Australian version of Big Brother for you trivia buffs) has just eliminated fellow Australian Kent Hunter to get himself back up to 172,000 in chips. Alex Brkovic raised pre-flop to 6000 from under the gun, Hunter called from the cutoff and Benton called from the button for three way action into a flop of K♥ 5♠ 8♥.

Brkovic led out for 10,000, Hunter raised to 30,000 and Benton insta-shoved, forcing Brkovic out of the way and sending Hunter into the tank for several minutes before eventually making the call with 6♥ 5♥ for bottom pair and a flush draw against Benton's K♣ Q♦ for top pair. There was no love as the turn and river ran out [10s], J♠; Benton held up all the way and Hunter is done for the day.

And as the discovered, Benton also qualified for every event on season three of the APPT on PokerStars:

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