APPT Sydney: Final table, level 27 updates

Live updates from the final table, level 14 (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5000) 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.

11.15pm: Final table at four; heads-up at three

As the remaining four players in the APPT Grand Final shuffle chips around the table, the APPT Sydney Heads-up tournament is also reaching an exciting conclusion. Teams Event winner High Cohen has qualified for the final after his semi-final victory over David Saab, while Robert Nowaks (who's been playing for 11 hours without a break) is preparing to face Tino Lechich in the other semi-final.

10.45pm: Opportunities few and far between

There have been a few small pots pushed around, including our first family pot of the evening. All four players limped in to see a flop of 5♠ 4♥ K♣. Aaron Benton and Ernst Hermans and Wayne Carlson all checked to Leo Boxell who fired 250,000 from the button.
Carlson then raised 200,000 before the flop on the next hand.

Benton called and both players checked down a board of A♦ 6♣ K♥ 8♥ 9♠. Benton tabled 4♠ 4♥ and was good against Carlson's J♥ 7♦. Carlson did manage to take a couple of pots after that but the money is just being pushed around between all four players with barely a flop seen.

10.30pm: Support arrives for Carlson

Ernst Hermans raised before the flop to 145,000 under the gun, only to see Wayne Carlson call from the button as Leo Boxell and Aaron Benton got out of the way from the blinds to go heads-up to a flop of K♥ 2♥ 8♦.

Hermans opened for 185,000 and then called Carlson's raise of 425,000 before check-folding to the Sydneysider's bet of 425,000 on turn of the turn of the8♣.

The "Wayne Train" have been here supporting Carlson all day, with his daughter Ashley and son Nick proud of their father's efforts.


Wayne Carlson has plenty of support in Star City's Star Theatre tonight

"He deserves it, he hasn't cashed in many big tournies but for him it's all about the experience," Nick said. According to the Carlson clan, should he win the APPT his first task will be to pay the mortgage and hopefully for Ashley, she'll get a new car.

However Nick knows his father's main goal: "Dad's been playing for years but he's always wanted to go in the Aussie Millions. I know he probably won't do much after this but he's definitely got his sights set on Melbourne."

10.15pm: Boxell & Carlson chop it up

It appears the 2009 APPT Grand Final title is Aaron Benton's to lose. He holds half of the chips in play (six million), has plenty of support from the rail, was just served a fresh schooner of beer and is supremely confident of going all the way.


Not quite Aaron ... the chip leader watches two of his rivals chop a big pot

And Benton is happy to see his tablemates butting heads. We just witnessed Leo Boxell and Wayne Carlson with all their money in the middle on a board that read A♦ 5♣ K♦ 4♠ 3♥, but when the cards were tabled the crowd thought Boxell had Carlson eliminated with the 2003 Aussie Millions runner-up showing 7♥ 6♠ for the nut straight. However Carlson rolled up his nut straight with 7♣ 6♣, chopping the pot and keeping both alive.

10pm: Benton the man to catch

Leo Boxell has clawed back to 2.5 million in chips after dipping below one million after the dinner break. He still trails Aaron Benton on 5.6 million, while Wayne Carlson holds 2.2 million and Ernst Hermans 1.4 million. They're chasing a first prize of AUD $594,000, with the runner-up set to collect AUD $381 348, third AUD $213,840 and fourth AUD $166,320.