APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 15 updates

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

3.30pm: Tazelaar tazes the bubble

It took just one hand to decide the bubble finisher. Jimmy Tran raised from early position to 13,000, only to see Australia's Justin Tazelaar re-raise to 40,000 before compatriot David Formosa re-raised all in for around 250,000 in chips. Tran got out of the way and Tazelaar called all-in, showing Q♠ Q♥ but was in dire straits against Formosa's A♥ A♣. The board ran out 7♠ 8♣ 2♦ J♠ J♦ and Tazelaar burst the bubble, much to the delight of the remaining 48 players and their family and friends watching from the rail.

3.20pm: Break, then bubble

Players just returned from their first break of the day, with 34 minutes to play in level 15. We'll be hand-for-hand when they return with 49 players remaining in the 2009 APPT Grand Final, and one set to miss out on a payout.


Pressure mounts in the Sports Theatre as the bubble approaches

3.15pm: Blagov, Brkovic bowled over

Australia's Anton Blagov has just been eliminated as the "bubble-bubble" at the hands of overall chip leader Tom Grigg who now holds more than 660,000 in chips. Grigg led out for 12,000 in early position and Mike Ivin called from the button before Blagov moved all in for 88,000 total. Grigg called and tabled A♦ Q♥ against Blagov's K♣ J♦.

Blagov took the lead when the flop was spread J♠ [10h] 7♠, but Grigg eliminated the overall day one chip leader when the turn and river ran out 9♠, 8♥ giving Grigg a runner-runner straight and Blagov his cue to leave.

Others to fall agonisingly short of the money included Aleks Brkovic, who raced pocket sixes and pocket sevens with both players making a set, and APPT Sydney Pot Limit Omaha champion John Caridad, whose aces were cracked when the pocket nines of Dutchman Roel Pijpers improved to a full house.

3pm: Bill's beat on Euro pair

Local boy William Skountzos has managed to secure a crucial double-up through Dutch PokerStars Qualifier Sander Aalders, just two spots short of the bubble. After a raise to 11,500 before the flop from Swedish PokerStars Qualifier Lars Anders Martin Petterson in early position, Skountzos re-raised to 25,000 before Sander and Petterson both called to go three ways into a flop of J♥ 6♦ [10s].

Aalder and Petterson checked, Skountzos moved all in for his last 41,000 and Aalder was the only caller; the Swede rolled up A♥ A♣ and the Australian was looking for some help having tabled A♦ K♥. The turn of [10h] improved neither hand, but Skountzos celebrated when the Q♦ spiked on the river to give the Aussie the straight and send his stack up to 164,000 while Aalder was chipped down 365,000.

2.45pm: Brothers bag Teams title

The winner of the APPT Grand Final won't be the first champion crowned in the Sports Theatre here at Star City. Last night, Melbourne brothers Julian and Hugh Cohen took out the $1100 Teams Event.


APPT Sydney Teams Event winners Julian and Hugh Cohen

It's been a successful year for the Cohens, with Julian placing fourth in the Victorian Championships Main Event while Hugh bubbled the final table in the ANZPT Main Event. Both polished online players, they're among the rising stars on the local scene.

Meanwhile, the team were on hand to catch all the glamour and excitement of the APPT Sydney Ladies Event two nights ago:

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2.30pm: Meyer gettin' higher

Canadian PokerStars Qualifier Jacob Meyer is now sitting with a stack of more than 390,000 in chips after eliminating Australia's Stewart Davidson. The action folded around to Davidson who moved his last 72,000 over the betting line from late position and the others got out of the way before Meyer made the call, showing A♠ Q♦ and was dominating Davidson's K♦ 7♥.


Worth the trip: Canadian Jacob Meyer is virtually assured a payout

The flop of A♥ 9♠ 6♠ put Meyer further in front but Davidson had a sniff when the 8♥ was snapped up on the turn with an open-ended straight draw. A repeat 8♠ fell on the river to end Davidson's run in this tournament.

2.15pm: Razza-ma-tazza for Azza

Sorry Thomas, we spoke too soon ... Australian PokerStars Qualifier Aaron azzabentonaces Benton has managed to score a crucial double-up through Thomas Slifka after moving his last 119,000 into the middle with A♣ K♦ and won the flip against Slifka's Q♠ Q♣ after the board was spread 7♣ 2♣ A♥ 7♠ 4♠.


Aaron Benton snares the bulk of the chips Thomas Slifka had just acquired

Benton went to shake hands with the American PokerStars Qualifier but he just sat there, staring angrily at the chips that were being cut away from his stack. Slifka was reduced to 190,000 while Benton now sits on 250,000 in chips.

2pm: Slifka on the charge

American PokerStars Qualifier Thomas Slifka has just padded his stack with Taiwanese PokerStars Qualifier Carlos Chang's last 90,000 in chips after eliminating him in recent action on table 88. After Slifka put in a raise of 103,000 from the button pre-flop, Chang shoved the last of his stack into the middle, then tabled A♣ 5♥ but was dominated by Slifka's A♦ K♥. The board was spread 9♣ 8♥ A♠ Q♥ 7♦ to end the day for the entire Taiwanese contingent.