APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 14 updates
Live updates from day 3, level 14 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400) of the PokerStars.net 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.
1.45pm: Eights just great with Assadourian
PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian took the scalp of Tom Pongrass and is now on 345,000 in chips as he now moves onto table 81. Pongrass moved the last of his chips into the middle before the flop and had tabled Q♠ [10s] but was flipping against Assadourian's 8♠ 8♥.
Pongrass had outs taken away from him when the flop came down J♥ 6♥ 5♥ but got some of them back when the turn of the 9♦ was snapped up. It wasn't to be as the river blanked out with a repeat 6♠ and Pongrass is no longer with us, as is fellow Aussie Joseph Zaouk who was looking for a double up with K♦ J♣ but he ran into Dutch PokerStars Qualifier Ernest Hermans who was ahead with A♦ 8♥.
The board was spread Q♦ A♠ 8♣ Q♥ 7♠; as Zaouk left Assadourian arrived and is seated next to Hermans. Meanwhile fellow PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Grant Levy is on the feature table on the Sports Theatre stage and is looking solid on 195,000.
1.30pm: Chang waving the flag for Taiwan
We're powering towards the money with the starting field of 66 already down to 57 after the first 45 minutes of play. Australia's Jimmy Wong has been eliminated at the hand of Taiwan's Hsiang Hsieh after moving the last of his money in the middle Q♠ [10h].
He found himself dominated by Hsieh's [10s] [10c] and never improved on a board that ran out 5♦ 8♠ 8♦ 5♥ K♣. With Hsieh's elimination this leaves PokerStars Qualifier Carlos Chang as the last Taiwanese player in the field.
Daniel Neilson has also departed, courtesy of fellow Aussie Tom Pongrass. Moving the last of his money into the middle with 7♥ 7♦, Neilson ran into Pongrass' K♥ K♣. Neither hand improved on the flop of 8♦ 2♥ Q♥ and Neilson was drawing dead when the K♠ spiked on the turn to give Pongrass top set.
The river J♠ completed the board and sent the Aussie young gun back up the stairs and out of the Sports Theatre. Others eliminated in the early going included Frank Galea, John Pachos and Michael O'Grady.
1.15pm: Hung out to dry
Taiwan's Hung Tu Wang was crippled by Australian Michael O'Grady when his 7♠ 7♣ lost a race against O'Grady's A♦ K♣ on a board that was spread 6♦ K♥ K♦ 9♣ 6♥, he moved the last of his money into the middle with A♠ 4♦, but was called by chip leader Tom Grigg who held [10d] 9♥. Grigg hit on the flop of 9♦ 6♠ 5♥ and stayed in the lead as the turn and river ran out K♠, 5♠ to confirm Taiwan's ever-popular "All-in Animal" as the first elimination of the day.
1pm: Glazier sees through opponent
It didn't take long for the short stacks to start moving their money into the middle, with Australia's Jackie Glazier the first to move all-in before the flop with A♥ A♦, only to be called down by fellow Aussie Aleks Brkovic who tabled 6♥ 6♦. The board ran out 8♠ 5♥ 4♥ 3♣ K♥ to see Glazier scoop the pot and move up to over 200,000 in chips.
Australian Paul O'Brien also managed to hold up against day one chip leader Anton Blagov after putting his tournament life on the line with 3♦ 3♣ and held up on a board of K♦ J♣ 6♠ 8♦ 8♠ against Blagov's A♠ [10c].
12.45pm: Opening act of day three
Play is underway on day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final. We've relocated to the stunning Sports Theatre location in the heart of Star City Casino, where spectators have gathered in the stadium seating to watch the final 66 players in action.
The theatre is surrounded by plasma screens showing a huge array of sport (with most of the attention focussed on the Australia versus West Indies Test match in Adelaide) while punters have already packed out the TAB (or sportsbook) for a big day of horse racing.
There's a feature table on the stage, with eight more tables in a sunken area between the stage and seating area, all of which are filled to capacity with the remaining players.
Top 10 chip count at the start of day 2
Tom Grigg (Australia) 598,600
Jimmy Tran (Australia) 541,300
Ernst Hermans (Netherlands) PokerStars Qualifier 398,800
Joseph Allis (New Zealand) 398,000
Kitson Kho (China) 394,300
David Saghabi (Australia) 386,500
Mike Ivin (Australia) 371,700
Sander Aalders (Netherlands) PokerStars Qualifier 349,000
Lars Anders Martin Pettersson (Sweden) PokerStars Qualifier 345,200
Michael Wong (USA) PokerStars Player 340,100