APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 22 updates
Live updates from day 3, level 22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3000) 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.
2.15am: Graham out in 10th; final table decided
In an incredible twist to this tournament, 2009 APPT Sydney High Roller champion Jarred Graham has bubbled the final table of the APPT Grand Final!
Leading up to the shock bustout, Andrew Hiscox had moved the last of his money into the middle with 6♠ 5♠ but was dominated by Barry Forrester's A♥ Q♦. The board was spread K♦ 9♥ 5♣ [10c] 8♣ and Hiscocks moved up to over 800,000 in chips while Forrester dropped to 550,000.
On the very next hand the roles were reversed - Forrester moved all-in with A♠ 3♥ and was behind Hiscox's A♦ 8♦, however to the crowd's dismay the board was spread 5♦ 7♥ 4♥ 4♦ 7♠ for a chopped pot!
Graham then moved all-in with [10s] [10d] and Hiscox called with Q♦ 9♦ but took the lead on the flop of 8♥ 7♣ Q♥. Needing running cards for the straight, the turn of the A♥ and the river K♦ were not the cards he was looking for, busting Graham in 10th place and confirming our final nine.
2am: Pana is a goner
The APPT Grand Final is now at hand-for-hand play to decide our final table after Adelaide's Panayotis Flourentzou was eliminated by Tom Grigg. The action folded around to Grigg who raised to 50,000 before the flop and Flourentzou called to go heads-up into a flop of K♥ 8♠ A♠.
Flourentzou check-called Grigg's bet of 50,000, then did the same again on the turn of the A♣ when Grigg fired out 135,000. On the river of the K♣, Flourentzou checked, Grigg led out for 350,000, Flourtenzou shoved the rest of his stack over the line and Grigg snap-called.
Though Flourentzou tabled K♠ 6♠ for a full house, kings full of aces, Grigg revealed A♦ 8♥ for the bigger full house and Flourentzou was sent to the rail in 11th place (worth $30,888), while Grigg is on more than two million in chips.
1.45am: Almost there
Credit the spectators for sticking it out, and credit the players for their endurance on a long day three in the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final. As a colleague once quipped, nothing good happens in a casino after 2am but for nine of the 10 players still seated, they'll cement a spot at tomorrow's final table.
1.30am: Formosa drifts back to the field
David Formosa is beginning to look the worse for wear, now down to a touch over one million in chips after fellow Aussie Wayne Carlson just scored a double up through him. Carlson raised to 100,000 from early position but Formosa came in with a raise of 304,000. It was enough to put Carlson all in, who rolled up K♠ Q♣ and was racing against Formosa's J♦ J♣. Carlson hit the flop of 5♣ 2♦ Q♦ and kept the lead the whole way down the board as the turn and river blanked out 8♠, 7♦ to see Carlson double up to 745,000.
1.15am: Formosa forlorn as Benton chips up
The battle of two of the biggest stacks in the room has finished with Australian PokerStars Qualifier Aaron Benton holding almost two million in chips. The action folded to Sydney's David Formosa who raised to 50,000 from the cut-off pre-flop, only for Benton to call from the button and Andrew Hiscox from the big blind and the trio saw a flop of 5♥ A♣ 4♦.
Hiscox checked, Formosa fired out 50,000 and Benton quickly called, forcing Hiscox out of the way to the turn of the Q♦, where Formosa opened for another 50,000 before Benton min-raised to 100,000. Formosa called and they both checked the river J♦. Formosa rolled up A♥ [10h] but was beaten by Benton's A♠ 4♥ for two pair. Benton is now on 1.92 million in chips while Formosa is back to 1.41 million.
1am: Graham slips further
In an amazing turn of events, Jarred flopnutsonyou Graham has moved towards the bottom of the chip counts, now on 740,000 after Dutch PokerStars Qualifer Ernst Hermans doubled through him.
The action folded around to Graham who raised to 50,000 from the small blind, only to see Hermans raise to 120,000 from the big blind. Graham insta-shoved his stack of 631,000 and Hermans snap-called and it was off to the races with the Dutchman's [10h] [10d] against the Australian's K♣ Q♠. However the board ran out 4♠ 5♦ 4♣ 2♥ A♥ to see Hermans double through to 1.39 million.
The leaderboard is again incredibly even with six of the 11 remaining players holding more than one-million in chips, with PokerStars Qualifier Aaron Benton leading the way on 1.92 million.