APPT Sydney: Final table, level 22 updates

Live updates from final table, level 22 (blinds 12,000-24000, ante 3000) 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.

3.15pm: Time for a Kit-Kat

The action folded around to Tom Grigg who raised to 50,000 from middle position only to find Ernst Hermans re-raising from the lojack position to 140,000. Grigg called and they went heads-up to the flop that read [10h] 7♦ 4♦.


Ernst Hermans is waving the flag for Europe at today's final table

Grigg led out for 160,000 but Hermans came over the top with a raise to 520,000 total. Grigg quickly mucked and Hermans raked in his chips before joining the other seven players on the first break of the day.

3pm: Dent to Benton

The rest of the table have been happy to sit back and watch the action between Australians Tom Grigg and Aaron Benton as they took it to each other in yet another pot on this final table. The action folded around to Benton who raised to 60,000 from the button and Grigg re-raised from the small blind to 160,000 in total. Benton called, then check-called Grigg's bet of 250,000 on a flop of 5♥ Q♥ A♠. Both players then checked the turn and river of 9♥, 7♥; Benton rolled up A♣ 2♦ but Grigg had him outkicked with A♦ J♣ to move up to 1.64 million while Benton slipped to 1.24 million.

2.45pm: Jacks in the box not good for Boxell

Australian PokerStars Qualifier Leo Boxell has taken a hit to his stack, and is down to 855,000 after a big hand against American PokerStars Qualifier Thomas Slifka. Boxell raised to 74,000 under the gun and the action folded around to Slifka who raised to 174,000 from the button. Wayne Carlson folded from the small blind and Andrew Hiscox called from the big blind to go three-handed into a flop of 8♦ K♣ [10s].


Leo Boxell is on the wrong end of the first big pot at the final table

Hiscox checked, Boxell opened for 200,000 but Slifka pushed all-in for 470,000. Hiscox mucked and after about four minutes in the tank, Boxell called, tabling J♥ J♣ but was well behind the American's A♠ A♦. The turn of the A♠ improved Slifka to a set but he was scared of the queen on the river. "That's a bad card for me," he said. His fears were alleviated when the harmless 3♥ on the river completed the board, doubling Slifka up to 1.55 million in chips.

2.30pm: Final table underway

After some welcomes from APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh, the 2009 APPT Grand Final is underway. Sydney's Tom Grigg has tried to set an aggressive pace in the first three hands but so far he's 1-2. He lost the first pot to fellow local Andrew Hiscox - after Hiscox raised to 50,000 from early position, Grigg re-raised to 140,000 and Hiscox made the call, going heads-up to a flop of 5♦ J♥ Q♦.


Ready to rumble: the nine players who'll contest the final table in the 2009 APPT Grand Final

Grigg check-mucked after Hiscox's bet of 150,000 on the flop, then in the next hand he took some chips off Daniel Formosa after calling his pre-flop bet of 50,000 and firing out 65,000 on the flop of A♥ J♠ 4♦ to force Formosa to check-fold.

On the following hand, Grigg re-raised Barry Forrester's bet of 50,000 pre-flop and made it 140,000 to go from late position. Forrester snap-shoved, forcing Grigg into the tank for a couple of minutes before laying it down. The seating assignment is:

Seat 1: David Formosa (Australia) 956,000
Seat 2: Thomas Slifka (USA) PokerStars Qualifier 758,000
Seat 3: Wayne Carlson (Australia) 1,014,000
Seat 4: Andrew Hiscox (Australia) 848,000
Seat 5: Leo Boxell (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 1,236,000
Seat 6: Barry Forrester (Australia) 1,087,000
Seat 7: Aaron Benton (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 1,785,000
Seat 8: Tom Grigg (Australia) 1,950,000
Seat 9: Ernst Hermans (Netherlands) PokerStars Qualifier 2,048,000