APPT Sydney: Final table, level 25 updates
Live updates from final table, level 25 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5000) 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.
7.30pm: Andrew Hiscox eliminated in sixth place, AUD $106,920
In the space of two hands Andrew Hiscox has been eliminated in sixth place. He limped from the small blind before the flop, only for Leo Boxell to raise to 225,000 from the big blind. Hiscox re-raised to 550,000, Boxell moved all-in for another 610,000 and Hiscox called, showing A♦ 8♣ but was in strife against Boxell's A♠ [10s].
The flop of [10c] 9♦ 8♥ paired both players but Boxell was still ahead. The turn of the 3♣ helped nobody and the river Q♥ saw Boxell double up to 2.45 million and left Hiscox with just 770,000.
He managed to get it in the next hand after leading out for 125,000 and a subsequent re-raise to 375,000 by Aaron Benton. Benton snap-called, showing A♠ A♦ and was miles ahead of Hiscox's 7♠ 7♣.
The flop and turn of 3♦ 6♣ 6♦ 5♥ gave Hiscox a glimmer of hope with an up-and-down straight draw and the crowd began to murmur. However in true Lleyton Hewitt style, Benton bellowed "C'mon" when the river brought a repeat 5♠ to eliminate Hiscox and give Benton almost 4,000,000 in chips.
7.05pm: Benton doubles through the Dutch
Aaron Benton and Ernst Hermans have been the action attractions at this final table. Try this - Benton raised to 150,000 from under the gun and Tom Grigg folded before Ernst Hermans re-raised to 400,000 total. The others got out of the way before Benton shipped his last 960,000 into the middle.
Hermans snap-called, rolling up J♣ [10c] but found himself in a coin flip against Benton's 8♠ 8♥. Benton's supporters were shocked when the J♦ appeared in the window, but went ballistic when the Q♣ 8♦ trailed behind to complete the flop.
Benton pumped his fists and called for the brick - the turn of the A♥ was not quite what he was looking for as it gave Hermans a gutshot straight draw. The dealer burned, then snapped up the river 7♣, giving Benton the pot and the double up to 2.75 million in chips.
"Pay the man his money," cried Benton as the chips were being shipped over towards his seat. Hermans is now on 2.4 million in chips.
6.45pm: Tom's closing in
Tom Grigg has steadily chipped away at the lead of Ernst Hermans and is within reach of the chip lead. In their latest tussle, Grigg raised before the flop to 100,000 and Hermans called as the others got out of the way to go heads-up into a flop of 6♦ A♠ K♦, which both players checked before Grigg fired out a bet of 125,000 on the turn of the [10s].
Hermans called and the dealer produced the Q♥ on the river. Grigg considered his options then opened for 275,000. Hermans called, but mucked when Grigg rolled up K♠ J♦ for Broadway. Ernst fell to 2.9 million while Grigg moved on up to 2.55 million in chips.
6.30pm: Barry Forrester eliminated in seventh, AUD $83,160
Just as the start of the level approached, Barry Forrester had managed to steal a couple of small pots but succumbed to Andrew Hiscox to be eliminated in seventh place.
Barry Forrester's patience paid off as he skipped up the payout scale to seventh
The action folded around to Ernst Hermans who raised to 95,000 from under the gun before Hiscox re-raised to 200,000 from late position. Forrester then shoved all in for 875,000 from the button, Hermans folded and Hiscox went into the hand for several minutes before making the call.
Forrester tabled A♣ Q♦ but was behind the South-African born Aussie's A♠ K♥. The flop of A♥ 3♣ 8♠ paired both players but Hiscox was ahead with the higher kicker.
Needing a queen to double up, the turn and river ran out 8♣, 2♠ to send Forrester back to the blackjack tables. The six remaining players are on a quick break as the 1000 chips are being coloured up and raced off.