APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 18 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 18 (blinds 5000-10,000, ante 1000) 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.

8.15pm: Assadourian provides great theatre

One of the noteworthy aspects of the renovated Sports Theatre precinct at Star City Casino are the new dining options, with many of the surviving 24 players in the 2009 APPT Grand Final sticking around for a bite to eat during the dinner break.

With less than 30 minutes remaining in level 18, we're back for the run to the final table in the last event on season three of the APPT, and it didn't take long for the action to start.

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He cheered it to the finish line, but the cards didn't fall for Eric Assadourian this time

The first casualty after the dinner break was PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian. With his supporters screaming their support from the balconies surrounding the feature table, Assadourian was in reasonable shape with K♥ J♣ against the A♥ [10d] of Wayne Carlson. That was until the board fell 7♠ K♣ 4♥ Q♣ 2♠, sending the last Team Pro to the rail.

7.15pm: Campbell canned; Wong gonged

Australian PokerStars Qualifier Aaron azzabentonaces Benton rocketed up the chip counts just before the dinner break, now on 980,000 in chips after eliminating David Campbell and American PokerStars Player Michael Wong.

Campbell was the first to go in 26th place after being at the wrong end of an all-too-familiar kings versus aces battle, with the board improving neither hand to send him to an extended dinner break and Benton near the top of the chip count.

We rushed back over to the "Kill Bill Table" (Crazy 88) a short time later and saw Benton raise pre-flop to 25,000 from the button. Wong then shoved all in from the small blind for 206,000 and Benton called, revealing A♣ J♦ against Wong's 3♠ 3♣.

Benton struck gold on the flop of [10s] J♠ 9♣ then improved to the nut boat when the turn and river came running A♠, A♦ confirming Wong as the 25th place finisher.

7pm: Two dozen heading for dinner

Only 24 players remain as the dinner break approaches, with PokerStars Qualifiers Roel Pijpers and Seoyong Chin, as well as Australian David Campbell, the most recent eliminations.

Pijpers raised before the flop on the button to 26,000, Leo Boxell called but Australian Daniel Formosa made it another 60,000 to go. Pijpers re-raised all in for another 60,000, Boxell mucked and Formosa snap-called, turning up A♦ A♣ against the Dutch PokerStars Qualifier's K♣ 9♠.

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A regular on the APPT in 2009, Dutchman Roel Pijpers collected a nice payout here in Sydney

The board ran out 6♦ 8♥ 4♦ 5♦ A♥, Pijpers was eliminated in 28th place and Formosa is now on 965,000, only 20,000 in chips behind fellow Aussie Jarred Graham who is on 985,000.

American PokerStars Qualifier Seoyong Chin was then busted at the hands of Tom Grigg after open-shoving with A♦ J♣ but was snap-called by Grigg who revealed A♣ K♥. The board ran out Q♣ 5♥ 7♠ 9♣ 2♦ and Chin copped the KO for 27th place.

6.45pm: The roller coaster ride of Eric Assadourian

Mike Ivin is praying that a higher power can send him some luck, as he's found none against PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian who has doubled through twice to get back to 300,000.

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At least he can still smile! Eric Assadourian experiences the highs and lows of tournament poker

After being crippled in a big hand earlier by Linas Leonovis, Assadourian moved his last 37,500 into the middle with 9♥ 9♣ and was called down by Ivin who tabled A♣ 6♦. The flop was an unbeatable Q♠ 9♦ 9♠, giving Assadourian quads and the turn J♠ and the river 8♥ completed the board purely for stats.

A short time later, the tournament director asked for a chip count for the audience. Assadourian said, "140,000 - and - I'm all in," promptly shoving his stack into the middle after a raise from Ivin to 36,000 before the flop. Ivin called and revealed A♦ 7♥ but was dominated by Assadourian's A♥ Q♥. The board was spread J♦ Q♣ J♠ 3♥ 5♠ and Assadourian doubled through, however Ivin still holds 265,000. Earlier he discussed, his strategy for day three with the PokerStars.tv crew:


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6.30pm: Brown no longer in fashion

The steady stream of eliminations continues early in level 18 with the departure of the United Kingdom's Alan Brown in 29th at the hands of PokerStars Qualifier, Antoine Amourette of France.

Brown open-shoved his last 170,000 into the middle with K♥ [10s] but he found himself in a world of hurt against Amourette's J♠ J♣. The board of 8♣ 8♥ 3♦ 7♣ 7♥ improved neither hand and Brown was sent to the Sports Bar to drown his sorrows while the Frenchman is on 390,000.

Earlier, Australian PokerStars Qualifier Rick Bono was busted in 30th place when he moved the last of his money into the middle with A-3 (offsuit) but was dominated by the pocket kings of Canadian Jacob Meyer. The PokerStars Qualifier improved to a set of kings on the flop and they held up all the way.

6.15pm: Tran off to catch the tram

It took three hands to do it, but Jarred Graham delivered the crushing blow and Leo Boxell finished the job to eliminate fellow Australian Jimmy Tran place.

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Jimmy Tran was second in chips heading into day three, but has departed in 31st

Graham crippled Tran in the first hand after his K♠ K♣ held up against Tran's A♠ 9♣ on a board of 5♥ 7♦ J♦ [10h] 3♣, but he managed to double up through him before finally committing the last of his stack on the third hand with [10h] [10c].

Boxell had him dominated with J♠ J♣ and the board was spread 9♦ 2♠ A♣ J♦ 9♠. Having had a chip stack as high as 550,000, Tran was left wondering what might have been as he could only settle for 31st place.