APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 16 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 16 (blinds 3000-6000, 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.

4.45pm: Hibbott's house crumbles

It's rare enough to make a straight flush, let alone in the latter stages of a major international tournament. Australian PokerStars Qualifier Aaron azzabentonaces Benton scored a miracle two-outer to cripple fellow Aussie David Hibbott to just 136,000 after a massive pot on table 88.

Benton and Hibbott limped in before a flop of 2♣ 7♥ 9♥, Hibbott led out for 15,000 and Benton called, going to the turn of the 7♦. Hibbott led out for 30,000, Benton raised to 80,000 but Hibbott snap-shoved and after several minutes in the tank, Benton called, tabling [10h] 8♥ but was in strife against the 2♠ 2♦ of Hibbott for a turned full house.


I've gotta be good here ... doh! Tough beat for David Hibbott

Snap - the 6♥ spiked on the river and Benton was ecstatic, having rivered a straight flush! Hibbott was catatonic and the former Big Brother contestant is now one of the big daddies in the Sports Theatre with more than 520,000 in chips.

4.30pm: Colman, Madon join the exodus

We've ticked into the next pay bracket (from AUD $9504 to $10,692) with the elimination of Julius Colman and Fred Madon. After successive chops with Aaron Benton, the short-stacked Madon shoved in his last 50,000 with pocket nines and found himself battling the K-Q of Anders Petterson. The Swede found a king on the river to send Madon out in 42nd.

Likewise, Colman was also short-stacked when he decided the time had come with A♦ Q♠, and was happy to be in a race against Corey Harrison's [10d] [10c] - until the [10h] landed on the flop, with the board running out 9♦ 4♦ 3♣ 9♠.


Julius Colman adds a 40th-place to his 20th in the 2007 APPT Grand Final

We've also just watched Grant Levy's hopes of a second APPT Grand Final title be almost completely dashed. David Campbell flopped a full-house with K-J against Levy's A-10, to send the Team Australia Pro down to just 55,000.

4.15pm: Where it all began ... previews the penultimate day in season three of the APPT - day three of the 2009 APPT Grand Final at Star City in Sydney:

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4pm: Glazier leads steady stream of departures

Seems we put a curse on the remaining two ladies, with Jackie Glazier confirmed as the highest placed female player in the 2009 APPT Grand Final after her A-3 failed to improve against the pocket 10s of Thomas Slifka.

Effie Bouyioukos was KOed one spot earlier when she ran A-10 into the pocket queens of chip leader Tom Grigg, but the board never rose above seven-high and she departed in 44th. We've also farewelled US PokerStars Qualifier Paul Albino in 45th after his A-K was dominated by Barry Forrester's flopped set of jacks, while Michael Levy (no relation to Team Australia Pro Grant Levy) was eliminated in 46th

3.45pm: Ladies making their mark

With about 140 players remaining in the APPT Grand Final, there were two female players still in the field. We're in the money, and they're still here - well done to Jackie Glazier (wife of mental conditioning guru Jamie Glazier) and reigning Aussie Millions Teams event champion Effie Bouyioukos.

The first players have arrived at the cage to collect a payout, with Aaron Szerencses KOed after running pocket 10s into the A-K of Stephen Bannister (an ace fell in the window), then Michael Levy departed after Leo Boxell's A-Q held up against Q-10 on a nine-high board.