APPT Sydney: Final table, level 29 updates

Live updates from the final table, level 29 (blinds 60,000-120,000, 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.

1.30am: Ernst Hermans eliminated in 2nd place, AUD $381,348 - Aaron Benton is the 2009 APPT Grand Final winner

For the third successive year, the APPT Grand Final championship trophy is staying in Australia! Having worked his stack back to as much as 2.3 million, Ernst Hermans called a pre-flop button raise from Aaron Benton of 325,000 to see a flop of 7♦ 9♣ 7♠.

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2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final winner Aaron Benton

Hermans checked, Benton fired out 375,000 and Hermans called. The dealer produced the Q♣ on the turn; Benton checked, Hermans snap-shoved and Benton snap-called, miles ahead with K♦ K♣ against Hermans 9♦ 8♦.

Benton's supporters were ecstatic; the dealer burned and the last Star City snap echoed through the Sports Theatre, bringing the river 6♣ and eliminating the Dutch PokerStars Qualifier in second place. Having satellited into every season three APPT event on PokerStars, it's fitting that Aaron Benton has struck gold here at Star City!

1am: Benton in the box seat

Aaron Benton has just wrestled the chip lead off Ernst Hermans in a big hand. Hermans raised to 225,000 from the button and Benton called, then he check-called Hermans' bet of 225,000 on the flop of 2♥ J♣ A♥. On the turn of the 7♣, Benton checked, Hermans led out for 800,000 and Benton called, then quickly check-called Herman's bet of 1.6 million on the river [10d].

"I've got nothing," Hermans muttered, rolling up 8♣ 4♥. Benton rolled up J♦ 9♥ for second pair and took the pot down. Benton is dominating with 9.76 million in chips while Hermans is on 1.92 million.