APPT Sydney Day 1c: Level 7 (blinds 400-800, ante 75)
8:00pm: Play concludes
That's a wrap from the Star City Poker Room on Day 1c of the PokerStars.net APPT Main Event. The big screen tells us that 87 players have survived the day, but at this stage it's a little uncertain who our official chip leader will be. Over the past two days we had a few runaway chip leaders, however despite having twice as many players today, it appears that no single individual has dominated.
If we had to put money on it, we'll go with Aleks Brkovic who appeared to bag up close to 130,000. Antonis Kambouroglou, Barry Forrester, Tyron Krost and Jarred Graham won't be far behind. Team PokerStars Pros Joe Hachem and Lee Nelson have also both safely navigated their way through to Day 2 action tomorrow. Hachem will be comfortable 46,000 while Nelson is through with 15,100.
We'll be back with a complete wrap of the day including the official chip counts for you shortly.
7:55pm: Todor doubles late
2009 Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event champ Todor Kondevski has just found a big double up late in the day. He was all in preflop for nearly 30,000 chips with A♣K♦ and racing against a caller holding Q♠Q♥.
The board fell 3♦K♥8♠K♠5♦ to connect with Kondevski's overcards for a double up to 65,000.
7:50pm: Oh dear O'Grady
Michael O'Grady never recovered from his earlier clash with David Gorr. Perhaps still a little rattled, O'Grady tried a big squeeze play, moving all in for an additional 16,025 following a raise to 2,100 and one call. The original raiser called with A♠A♦ and O'Grady was in trouble with his 8♦7♣.
The board ran out 8♥Q♠J♣Q♦Q♣ and O'Grady was eliminated just minutes from the close of play.
7:45pm: Sagahbi scores a late century
David Saghabi placed 15th in last year's edition of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final and he's now set for another deep run after picking up the double elimination of America's Binh Nguyen and fellow Aussie John Caridad.
Caridad open-shoved from early position for his last 13,400 and the action folded around to Saghabi who snap-called from the small blind. Nguyen then moved all-in over the top for a further 13,700, causing Saghabi to sigh loudly. "Okay, we're gambling now, let's gamble," he said, splashing in his chips to call.
"Where's the camera?" Saghabi shouted excitedly as he raked in his chips. The photographer darted through to start snapping away as Caridad and Nguyen made their way out through the crowd.
7:42pm: Luke Edwards eliminated
Hugh Cohen has just eliminated fellow Australian and PokerStars Qualifier Luke Edwards to move back up to around 70,000.
All the money was in the middle before the flop; Edwards was all-in for 29,500 and had tabled Q♥[10h] but was behind Cohen's A♣K♥. The dealer spread a flop of 9♥2♦2♥ to give Edwards some hope for a flush, but the turn and river blacked out 9♠, 6♣ and Cohen's two pair with the ace kicker was enough to kick Edwards out.
7:40pm: Sayonara Portaro
Melbourne's own Bruno Portaro had been struggling with a short stack for a large part of Day 1c, but has finally succumbed to Canadian PokerStars Qualifier Norman Doucette.
Portaro open-shoved from early position with [10s][10d] and the action folded around to Doucette who insta-called with A♣K♦. Portaro was in great shape to double up, but the K♥ appeared in the window, followed by the 8♣, 3♣ to complete the flop.
There was no change on the turn of the Q♣, however Doucette tripped up on the river of the K♠. "Good fun - whaddya do?" Portaro sighed as he left the room.
7:35pm: Lisandro on the rail
A short-stacked Jeff Lisandro was sent to the rail when he pushed all in preflop with 3♦3♠ but ran into an opponent's A♥A♦.
Needing a three to stay alive the board was spread 7♥5♥4♠J♠K♣ to see the Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend eliminated as we close in on the end of day's play.
7:20pm: O'Grady reads wrong
David Gorr has found a double up in a rather colourful hand against Michael O'Grady. We arrived to see a board of 6♥J♦2♥2♦ and a bet of 12,000 in front of Gorr. O'Grady appeared to need some information so he started up some banter.
"I don't want to talk," replied Gorr but that didn't stop O'Grady.
"Will you show if I fold? Will you show if I call?" continued O'Grady which brought a muffled chuckle from Gorr.
"Just hurry up! It's just a poker tournament!" replied Gorr.
After several minutes, Gorr had seen enough and called for the clock.
"No one ever calls the clock with a monster," deduced O'Grady before raising another 11,000 to put Gorr all in. Gorr quickly called with A♦2♣ for trips to leave O'Grady in a world of hurt with his 6♣7♥. The river bricked the 9♥ and Gorr doubled to 55,000 to leave O'Grady with 20,000.
7.15pm: No country for young men
Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem may be the lone surviving Hachem in the field, but the other brothers, Hugh and Julian Cohen, are both still alive. Having said that, they have a long way to go - Julian holds a stack worth less than 29,000 and Hugh is down to 35,000 after being crippled at the hands of French PokerStars Qualifier Antoine Amourette.
With a board that read [10c]4♠6♣Q♠, Amourette pushed all in with J♣9♣ but was called by Hugh who was ahead with A♠[10h]. Amourette still had a few outs and he happened to catch one of them to make a straight when the dealer snapped up the river of the K♥.
7.05pm: Brkovic builds up, Wang wamboozled
It was a case of mixed fortunes for Aleks Brkovic and Hung Tu Wang, with Brkovic now up to more than 114,000 whilst Wang is no longer a part of the 2010 APPT Grand Final.
Wang moved all in for the last of his stack preflop with [10s][10c] but was snap-called by Australian PokerStars Qualifier Andrew Kanaridis who revealed Q♠Q♦. The board was spread 6♥K♠9♥8♥J♥ and Kanaridis claimed the last of Wang's stack.
Seconds later, the cry of "All in, call" went up behind us on table 14 where an opponent had moved all-in preflop with A♠A♣ but was smashed by Brkovic's A♥K♥ when he hit trips on the board of J♣K♠K♣4♣6♥.
7:00pm: Play resumes
The players are back following the break for the final level of play for the day. Out in front is Mark Riberia, Ali Khalil and Jarred Graham, while Brotha D and Aleks Brkovic round out the top five.
Team PokerStars is now two men down after we lost Chris Moneymaker and Tony Hachem in that last level. We're now riding on the shoulders of Joe Hachem who has around 35,000 and Lee Nelson who has slipped to about 26,000.
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