APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 17 updates
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6pm: Aussie v Aussie; Skountzos out
Australia's William Skountzos has also headed up the stairs from the Sports Theatre after he was eliminated by compatriot Andrew Hiscox. Crippled down to just 7000 in a previous hand, Skountzos moved the last of his chips into the middle pre-flop holding [10d] 9♥ but was dominated by Hiscox's A♠ [10s]. The board ran out 8♦ Q♠ [10h] 9♣ Q♥; Skountzos tried to claim the pot thinking he had a straight but he was unfortunately mistaken - the cards speak.
5.45pm: Graham sounds warning
American PokerStars Player Christopher Willis-Jackson has been sent to the rail in 33rd place, as well as Australian PokerStars Qualifier Cory Harrison, by 2009 APPT Sydney High Rollers Event champion Jarred flopnutsonyou Graham.
The action folded around to Harrison who raised to 25,000 from middle position. Leo Boxell called from the button but Graham re-raised an additional 200,000 to go from the big blind. Harrison shoved his last 120,000 into the middle, Boxell mucked and Graham rolled up 9♥ 9♣ but found himself behind the [10h] [10d] of Harrison.
The flop and turn of J♣ J♠ A♠ 4♥ kept Harrison ahead but the audience groaned when the 9♦ was snapped up on the river, giving Graham a full-house, eliminating Harrison in 32nd place.
5.30pm: He can do it all
Not only is PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian charging towards the final table, he's proving equally adept behind the microphone, as we found out when he kidnapped our camera crew at the Ladies Event:
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5.15pm: Benton bumps Grigg at the top
More eliminations ... Aussies Peter Skouteris and Nir Peer have headed off with a payout of $10,692 respectively after finishing in 35th and 36th positions respectively. We've also farewelled Joel Cohen (38th) and David Hibbott (39th), who'll take home the same amount.
As has been the case for the entire tournament, it's extremely tight at the top of the chip count where Aaron Benton, the only player to qualify for every APPT season three event on PokerStars, leads on 670,000.
Close behind are Tom Grigg (620,000), Wayne Carlson (570,000), German PokerStars Qualifier Ernst Hermans (550,000) and Kitson Kho, who holds 500,000 in chips. There are 34 players remaining.
5pm: Levy's hopes dashed
The gallant run of 2007 APPT Grand Final champion Grant Levy has come to an end; eliminated at the hands of PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian (who is up to 478,000 in chips).
The crippling blow came at the hands of American PokerStars Qualifier Seoyong Chin, when he moved his short stack into the middle pre-flop with K♠ Q♣ and was trailing behind Levy's A♣ K♦. The flop of J♦ 6♥ Q♥ was a nightmare for Levy and it didn't help when the K♣ came on the turn; his top-top no good against Chin's two pair. The 9♥ blanked out on the river, leaving Levy with just a handful of chips.
He managed a double up to 38,000 through Assadourian after spiking trip threes with K♦ 3♣ against Assadourian's pocket eights, but the mercy killing came after Assadourian won the race with [10h] 9♥ against Levy's 5♥ 5♥ on a board that was spread 7♥ 3♠ 8♥ 9♦ 2♠.
4.45pm: Song is sung for Hsiang
Taiwan's Hsieh Hsiang has been eliminated at the hands of China's Kitson Kho after moving the last of his money over the line with 5♠ 5♣ but found himself racing against the K♣ J♦ of Kho. The flop of 4♣ J♠ 4♥ put Kho in the lead and he would stay there as the turn and river ran out Q♥, 2♥ to eliminate Hsiang in 40th place.
Players are just taking their second break of the day, with 34 players remaining and blinds up to level 17 (4000/8000 with an ante of 500) when they re-take their seats in the next 10 minutes.