APPT Auckland Final Table: Levels 19 & 20 (blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000)

3:10pm: Ten-minute break

3:02pm: Toleafoa doubles through Grigg

In a battle of the blinds, Tom Grigg opened to 30,000 from the small blind and Ropati Toleafoa made the call in the big blind. They took a flop of 7♠3♥T♥ and Grigg fired 50,000. Toleafoa responded by moving all in for another 182,000. Grigg took a moment and announced a call.

Toleafoa: Q♦T♠
Grigg: J♦T♣

Top pair for both players but Toleafoa's kicker played on the 9♠ turn and K♥ river. Toleafoa doubles up to 520,000 with Grigg down to 960,000.

2:52pm: Santi Soriano Ramos eliminated in 7th place

Santi Soriano Ramos was all in preflop for less than the blinds without looking at his cards as Danny Silk limped in from the small blind. Brotha D raised another 25,000 from the big blind with Silk making the call.

The two live players check down a board of A♣6♦3♦6♠6♥ with Silk showing pocket fives but Brotha D tabled pocket kings for the best hand as Soriano Ramos opened 8♠4♦. He'll depart in 7th place for NZ$27,800 in prize money.


2:48pm: A silky double up

Santi Soriano Ramos opened to 27,000 before Danny Silk moved all in over the top with Soriano Ramos snap-calling.

Silk: A♠9♠
Soriano Ramos: K♦K♥

The board ran out Q♠J♦A♦6♠9♥ to give Silk two pair and the pot.

"Could I get it in any worse?" sighed Silk with a touch of relief. "I should be home!"

After a count down of chips, Soriano Ramos narrowly had Silk covered to double up to 560,000 and leave the Spaniard in desperate trouble.

2:30pm: Big cards for the Kiwis

The flop of A♠A♣A♦ drew murmurs from the crowd but there was little action to report on the K♣ turn, until the 6♥ river completed the board. Ropati Toleafoa fired a bet of 85,000 to take it down as he flashed A♥Q♣ for quads to send the rail into a fenzy.

A few moments later Danny Silk raised to 30,000 from the cutoff before Brotha D re-raised to 100,000. Silk folded and Brotha D showed pocket jacks.

"I don't like to see flop...I hate flops!" laughed Brotha D, but his hot run didn't end there.

He was soon raising again to 27,000 from early position with Tom Grigg calling in the small blind. The two checked down a board of J♥K♥4♠6♠4♣ where Brotha D showed down Q♥Q♠ to collect the pot.

The Kiwi boys are catching some monster cards and the crowd are loving every minute of it! Brotha D is now up to 790,000 chips.

2:22pm: Mixed fortunes with Big Slick for Silk

Danny Silk raised to 30,000 before Tamas Lendvai moved all in for a total of 268,000. Silk made the call with A♣K♦ and was racing against the J♠J♦ of Lendvai.

With Lendvai calling for his pair to hold, the board ran out 5♠Q♠9♠8♥3♦ to give him the double up. He's up to 550,000 with Silk down to 221,000.

A few moments later Silk moved all in over the top of a raise and a call but both opponents folded. Silk flashed the A♥K♥ again.

"First time you win with it, next time you lose, and now you win again," laughed Srdjan Mitrovic. "That means next time you'll lose!"

"Shhhh!" laughed Silk as he's back to 275,000.

Final table preview

Earlier today we caught up with Tamas Lendvai, Tom Grigg and Danny McDonagh for their thoughts on the final table.

2:10pm: Level up, blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000

2:03pm: Noah Vogelman eliminated in 8th place

PokerStars qualifier Noah Vogelman opened with a raise to 30,000 from the small blind and Tom Grigg made the call in the big blind.

They took a heads-up flop of K♥3♣A♠ and Vogelman checked to Grigg who bet 50,000. Vogelman continued the check-raising trend on this final table as he made it an additional 100,000 more. Grigg deliberated for a moment and made the call.

The turn was the 7♠ and a puzzled Vogelman took his time and considered his options before moving all in for a total of 331,000.

Grigg had 402,000 behind so the decision was for most of his chips, as he sat in the tank ruffling his chips and staring at the board for several minutes.

"Will you show if I fold?" asked Grigg.

"You show me your hand first and I'll show you mine!" replied Vogelman, which sparked Grigg to announce a call.

Grigg: A♣Q♥
Vogelman: A♦5♦

Vogelman had kicker problems as both players showed top pair. The river was the 9♦ and the American was sent crashing to the rail in 8th place for a collect of NZ$21,250. Grigg is now up to a commanding 1.1 million in chips.


1:52pm: Lendvai makes a big fold

Tom Grigg raised to 25,000 with Ropati Toleafoa making the call before Tamas Lendvai re-raised to 95,000 in total. The action was then with Santi Soriano Ramos in the big blind who asked for a count of Lendvai's stack before announcing himself all in for around 400,000.

Grigg and Toleafoa quickly folded but Lendvai went into the tank with a decision for his tournament life. The two Europeans then exchange some friendly banter with Lendvai indicating that he held the hand that is displayed on the shirt he is wearing - pocket tens.

"I've never folded pocket tens before..." sighed Lendvai before releasing his cards and shipping the pot to his opponent.

Lendvai then received a warning from APPT Tournament Director Danny McDonagh for discussing his holding during the hand.

"You can't tell a player what you've got mid-hand," explained McDonagh.

"But he was all in?" questioned Lendvai.

McDonagh explained that the rule is in place in case there is any soft play between players, even though this was not the case here. After some further discussion Lendvai accepted the warning and moved on.

1:44pm: Check-raise fun continues

Srdjan Mitrovic raised to 27,000 from under the gun before Danny Silk raised to 77,000 from the small blind. Mitrovic made the call and the flop landed 2♦4♦3♦. Silk checked and Mitrovic bet 40,000. Silk announced a raise as he check-raised all in to force a fold from Mitrovic.

Silk has been the big mover so far on this final table as he's up to 530,000 with Mitrovic back to 535,000.

1:38: Ropati on the move

Tamas Lendvai raised to 24,000 from the hijack position with Ropati Toleafoa making the call in the big blind to see a flop of K♣9♣2♥. Toleafoa checked and Lenvai made it 28,000 to go before Toleafoa check-raised all in for 145,000 more. Lendvai let it go and once again the rail roared in delight.

Toleafoa is up to 260,000 with Lendvai slipping to 260,000.

1:30pm: Crowd supporting the locals

Tom Grigg raised to 25,000 from the hijack before Kiwi Ropati Toleafoa announced himself all in from the cutoff. The local crowd rose to their feet to catch a glimpse of the action as their man was all in, but Grigg let it go.

Moments later Toleafoa raised and took down the blinds and antes to get himself back up to 200,000.

There's also plenty of fans here supporting Brotha D. He just won his first pot with a raise to 29,000 from the hijack. He only won the blinds and antes but it was enough for the rail to roar in delight!

1:20pm: Leo Boxell eliminated in 9th place

Danny Silk raised to 27,000 from middle position before Leo Boxell popped it to 57,000. Action back on Silk and he announced himself all in with Boxell making the call.

Boxell: A♦A♥
Silk: A♠K♠

Silk was in trouble but he couldn't have asked for a better flop than the K♦6♠5♠ that fell to give him life with a pair of kings and the nut flush draw. It only got better from there as the K♣ landed on the turn to give Silk trips and leave Boxell with just one out to stay alive. It wasn't to be as the 3♣ completed the board on the river to end the Australian's run in 9th place for a collect of NZ$16,350. Silk moves up to 425,000.


Leo Boxell eliminated in 9th place

1:12pm: Perfect start for Vogelman

Noah Vogelman opened with a raise to 24,000 on the very first hand of the day and the table folded around. The PokerStars qualifier showed A♠A♣ for the perfect start to the day!

1:10pm: The cards are in the air!

The players have taken their seats and completed a final round of media interviews and photographs before taking to the felt for the finale of the 2010 APPT Auckland Main Event.

A mini final-table set has been built here in the SKYCITY Poker Room, to provide friends and family plenty of good vantage points to view all the action here this afternoon.

The players have been introduced, with the parochial crowd providing the loudest cheers for the local Kiwis, before the official word was given to shuffle up and deal. The final table is now underway!


Welcome back to the SKYCITY Auckland Poker Room for the conclusion of the 2010 APPT Auckland Main Event. The wind is howling and the rain pouring here in Auckland today, so we're expecting a big crowd to stay huddled safely indoors to watch the finale of what has been a wonderful event.

It should be an interesting final table with several accomplished pros, a few amateurs and one very popular hip hop artist! Brotha D rocked the house last night when he hit a two-outer river to stay alive and then surged up the leaderboard to grab the chip lead at the end of the day. He's sure to bring a huge legion of fans to the poker room this afternoon to help cheer him home.

The final table is a true international affair with representatives from Hungary, Spain and the United States as well as three Aussies and three Kiwis. There are also six PokerStars qualifiers still in contention.

Can the Kiwis make it three in a row? Or will the APPT Auckland trophy be heading overseas in 2010? Stay locked into the PokerStars Blog over the next few hours to find out!