APPT Sydney: Final table, level 28 updates
Live updates from the final table, level 28 (blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 10,000) 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.
12.40pm: Arm-wrestle continues
There have only been a couple of pots that have gone to showdown in the early stages of this heads-up battle. Aaron Benton limped in before the flop and Ernst Hermans checked his option and both players checked the flop of 7♠ 5♦ Q♣. Hermans then check-called Benton's bet of 150,000 on the turn of the A♣, then both players checked the river 6♣ and Benton's Q♦ 9♠ was good enough to take down the pot.
Hermans then wrestled those lost chips back on the next hand: Hermans raised to 250,000 from the button preflop and Benton called and they checked a flop and turn of 6♠ 5♠ J♦ 4♠ before Benton led out for 325,000 on the river of the 5♣. Hermans snap-shoved and Benton didn't hesitate throwing his cards into the muck.
12.20am: Netherlands v Australia
We're struggling to come up with much sporting history between the Aussies and the Dutch - Ned Zelic's freak goal in the Olympics qualifier against the Dutch in 1992 is a lame attempt ... the first hand of heads-up saw Aaron Benton raise from the button pre-flop to 400,000 and Ernst Hermans call from the big blind, the Dutchman check-called Benton's bet of 500,000 on the flop of 5♥ K♥ Q♣. Both players checked the turn of the 4♣, then Hermans led out for 875,000 on the river of the 7♦. Benton quickly threw his hand into the muck.
12am: Leo Boxell eliminated in third place, AUD $213,840
Leo Boxell has shown there's plenty of fight in the old warhorse with a tremendous third-place finish in the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final. Just as the clock ticked into Monday morning, Leo Boxell was sent to the rail in third place.
Aaron Benton raised to 450,000 from the button, Ernst Hermans folded on the small blind and Boxell called from the big blind to go to a flop of 8♠ [10h] 7♦. Boxell open-shoved his last 1.8 million over the line and Benton snap-called, tabling 9♦ 8♦ for top pair and an open-ended straight draw, well ahead of Boxell's 8♥ 6♠.
The turn and river ran dry as they were snapped 3♣, [10s], eliminating the Aussie poker legend and we are now about to start a heads-up battle between Australia's Aaron Benton and The Netherlands' Ernst Hermans.
11.45pm: Wayne Carlson eliminated in fourth place, AUD $166,320
It was a long time coming, but our fourth place elimination and it's Wayne Carlson off to the cage to collect his AUD $166,320 prize money.
Ernst Hermans raised to 245,000 under the gun pre-flop before Carlson reraised to 500,000 from the button. Leo Boxell and Aaron Benton folded on the small and big blinds and Carlson snap-called, revealing A♠ Q♣, dominating Carlson's A♦ [10h].
The board ran out 7♠ 6♠ K♥ 4♥ 2♠ to end Carlson's run, and it's now two Aussies up against the Dutchman as we go into three-handed play.
11.30pm: Benton flexes muscle
In a rare spot of action, play was folded to Aaron Benton who raised to 200,000 from the small blind, only for Ernst Hermans to call from the big blind. They saw a flop of 2♣ 4♣ 6♥, which they both checked.
Benton then fired out 200,000 on the turn of the 7♥, Hermans called and the players went to the river A♥, where Benton fired out a stack of blue 25,000 chips worth half a million. Hermans went deep into the tank and let his hand go - Benton flashed the 7♦ before raking in his chips.