APPT10 Melbourne: Final table live updates

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Congratulations to Ashish Gupta! Winner of APPT Melbourne and $124,191

Ashish Gupta overcame a field of 523 runners to take home the APPT 10 Melbourne title, the trophy, and $124,191.

Congratulations to Ashish!

We'll have a full recap of the final table soon right here on the PokerStars Blog.

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7pm: Raymond Ou eliminated in 2nd place ($136,535*)
Level 30: Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000)

After the agreed-to mandatory straddle to 250,000 on the button from Raymond Ou, Ashish Gupta called from the big blind to see a flop of 9♥2♠Q♣.

Both players checked through to the 6♣ where Gupta led for 300,000. Ou came back over the top for 1.1 million and Gupta moved it all in with around 6.8 million. Ou called it off with less than half that behind and the cards went on their backs.

Ou: K♠Q♦
Gupta: Q♥2♦

Ou had top pair with a king kicker but was in trouble against Gupta's top and bottom pair. Needing to spike a king, nine or six to keep the tournament going Ou couldn't find help as the Q♠ rolled off on the river to signal the end of play.

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2nd place - Raymond Ou (Left)

Ou collected $136,535 after a four-handed deal and then an additional heads up deal.

6:55pm: Mandatory straddle agreement as play resumes
Level 30: Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000)

With both players still relatively deep they've agreed that the player on the button will blind raise to 250,000 every hand to speed things up a bit.


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6:40pm: Take a break

The final two players have stepped away from the tournament floor to take a break from the action. Here's how they'll stack up when they return.

Ashish Gupta - 6.875 million
Raymond Ou - 3.290 million

6:30pm: Gupta bluff jams
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

The biggest hand of heads up just went down with Ashish Gupta bluff shoving the river to take it down.

Gupta limped in on the button before Raymond Ou bumped it up to 400,000 from the big blind. Gupta called and the flop landed 6♣K♠9♣. Ou continued for 575,000 and Gupta called before the dealer turned the Q♦.

Ou fired again for 825,000 and Gupta called to see the J♥ river.

Ou checked it on the end and Gupta moved all in for 1.85 million.

"I have a set" Ou said with a smile.

"Why are you thinking for?" Gupta asked in reply

"Top set" Ou added, "Will you show if I fold?"

After a couple of minutes Ou let it go and flashed the K♣ for at least top pair.

Gupta tabled 8♣7♥ for a busted flopped straight draw and just eight high before he raked in the pot.

"I knew it!" Ou said, "That's the only hand I beat."

Gupta moved up to 5.45 million in chips with the successful bluff while Ou dropped to 4.7 million.

6:10pm: Heads up deal
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

The clock was paused as Raymond Ou and Ashish Gupta discussed potentially chopping the remaining $20,000 that was left aside for first place. Based on Ou's lead the two of them agreed to Ou's securing an additional $13,000 and Gupta locking up $7,000.

They'll now play it out for the title and the trophy. Here's how their stacks are looking.

Raymond Ou - 7.105 million
Ashish Gupta - 3.060 million

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5:50pm: Trung Tran eliminated in 3rd place ($107,313*)
Level 29: Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000)

Heads up is now set after Trung Tran leaves us 90 minutes into three-handed play.

Tran was eliminated two hands after his stack was decimated by Ashish Gupta. That hand saw Gupta raise to 225,000 from the small blind and Tran call from the big blind.

The flop fell 6♥3♥J♥ and Gupta continued for 350,000. Tran then moved all in over the top for a total of 1.815 million to cover Gupta by only 15,000 in chips. Gupta was torn over the decision and tanked for a couple of minutes before finally committing to a call.

Tran: J♠3♦
Gupta: 5♥5♣

Tran had top and bottom pair but was at risk against Gupta's pair and a flush draw. The 2♥ turn brought that flush and with Tran down to just four outs, he couldn't catch up when the 7♣ river landed to take almost his entire stack.

Down to a couple of antes Tran managed to triple up in the next hand, but with still only a small blind for a stack he was sent packing the very next hand.

That hand saw Tran all in with K♥Q♦ on the button, and after Raymond Ou limped with K♣K♦ from the small blind, Gupta checked his option holding T♥3♥.

The T♦3♣3♠ flop was checked through but Ou led out for 100,000 on the 5♠ turn. Tran called and the K♠ landed on the river. Ou had improved to a superior full house and bombed it for 700,000 on the end. With a flopped full house himself Tran made the call as Ou scooped a big pot and Tran was eliminated.

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3rd place - Trung Tran (Standing, left)

5:35pm: Déjà vu as Tran cracks Ou's queens to survive
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

It almost exactly the same fashion as Trung Tran doubled through Raymond Ou to survive earlier, he did it again, cracking Ou's pocket queens for the second time.

Ou raised to 160,000 before Tran moved all in for 1.295 million from the big blind. Ou beat him into the pot and immediately tabled Q♥Q♣, in front of Tran's A♥5♠.

"Not like this, not again" Ou quipped with a laugh before he saw his fears would come to fruition.

The A♦8♠A♠ flop landed to see Tran hit trips and rocket into the lead. Ou couldn't find a queen on the 7♦ turn or K♣ river and was knocked down to 5.075 million as Tran doubled through.

5:30pm: Ou on the rise
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Raymond Ou kicked things off with a button raise to 160,000 and both the blinds called to see the dealer spread a K♥4♥Q♠ flop. It was checked back to Ou and he continued for 275,000. Ashish Gupta made the call and with Trung Tran folding the Q♦ turn was revealed.

Both players checked to the Q♣ river where Gupta led at it for 750,000. After a moment's pause Ou stacked up a tower worth 2.8 million and slid it into the middle. Gupta let it go and fell to 2.9 million.

5:20pm: Ou doubles through Tran
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Trung Tran raised to 200,000 from the small blind before Raymond Ou moved all in for 1.945 million from the big blind.

"Let's gamble" Tran said after giving it some thought, and he committed the chips to put Ou at risk.

Ou: 5♠5♦
Tran: K♣Q♦

It was a coinflip and Ou's pocket fives would hold as the cards came down 3♣8♠6♣3♦A♦. With that he climbs to right around 4 million in chips, while Tran falls to 1.8 million. Ashish Gupta is still our table captain with 4.6 million in play.

5:10pm: Gupta seizes chip lead
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Ashish Gupta just usurped the chip lead from Trung Tran after flopping trips and getting three streets of value.

Gupta opened the actin with a raise to 175,000 on the button and both Tran and Raymond Ou called from the small blind and the big blind respectively.

The flop was spread 9♣9♥6♥ and after two checks Gupta continued for 200,000. Tran stuck around and with Ou out of the way the 4♦ arrived on the turn.

After another check from Tran, Gupta fired for 315,000. The bet was met with another call and the 7♣ completed the board. A final check from Tran saw Gupta barrel for 825,000 on the end and after some time in the tank, Tran made the call.

Gupta tabled A♠9♠ for a flopped three of a kind which was good to take down the pot and move him up to 4.6 million. He's now ahead of the pack with Tran dropping to 3.65 million and Ou still trailing on 2.2 million.

4:55pm: Tran takes chips from Ou
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)

Raymond Ou raised to 160,000 on the button and Trung Tran called from the big blind to see a flop of 3♠5♥9♦. Tran then check-called a bet of 150,000 before the 7♦ arrived on the turn.

Both players checked and the 2♣ rolled off on the river.

Tran then opted to lead for 550,000 and Ou called with the worst of it. Tran flashed 6♠8♦ for the nuts with a straight and Ou mucked his hand.

Tran now has the overwhelming chip lead on 5.4 million and Ou falls to the short stack with 2.2 million.

4:40pm: Play resumes
Level 28: Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000)


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4:30pm: Scheduled break

The final three players have commenced a 10-minute break.

4:25pm: Jay Prasad eliminated in 4th place ($175,000*)
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Jay Prasad was the commanding chip leader when four-handed play began but after a string of beats he finds himself the next one on the rail.

His final hand saw Ashish Gupta raise to 100,000 on the button before Prasad moved all in for around 800,000 from the big blind. Gupta made the call with enough to cover Prasad and the two of them tabled their hands.

Prasad: K♣J♥
Gupta: A♦3♠

The T♠A♥4♣ flop saw Prasad fall further behind, and while he had a gut shot to Broadway he couldn't complete it as the 4♠ turn and 5♣ river meant he was heading home.

Prasad will still take home the lion's share of the prize pool after locking up $175,000 in the four-handed deal.

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4th place - Jay Prasad

4:15pm: Tran takes more from Prasad
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Jay Prasad raised to 275,000 under the gun and Trung Tran called from the big blind before a flop of A♣3♦2♠. Tran check-called 500,000 and after the J♣ turn card both players checked.

Tran led the river for 600,000 and Prasad snap-called behind.

Tran: A♥9♦
Prasad: A♦8♣

Tran had Prasad pipped by one and scooped the pot to leave the once commanding chip leader as the table short stack.

4:10pm: Set no good for Prasad
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Jay Prasad just lost a huge pot to Raymond Ou when he ran a set into a flush.

Ou brought it in for a raise to 125,000 from under the gun and Prasad defended his big blind to see a flop of T♣2♣5♥.

Prasad then led out for 125,000 and Ou called to take them to the 8♠ turn. The action went check-check and the A♣ arrived on the end.

Prasad led again, this time for 475,000, but Ou reached deep int his stack and wagered 1.2 million. Prasad snapped it off with 2♥2♦ for bottom set but it was no good against Ou's J♣8♣ for a flush.

That hand sees Prasad drop to an even 3 million in chips while Ou builds to 3.3 million.

4pm: Prasad trips over Tran
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Trung Tran raised to 125,000 under the gun and Jay Prasad flatted from the button before a flop of J♠9♥Q♠.

Tran gave up the betting lead with a check to Prasad who fired for 125,000. Tran called and the 7♣ arrived on the turn. After another check from Tran, Prasad continued for another 225,000, and the bet was called to take them to the Q♦.

Tran checked a final time and called Prasad's last barrel for 300,000 to see the bad news. Prasad tabled A♦Q♥ for trip queens with an ace kicker, and Tran flashed the Q♣ as the pot was pushed Prasad's way.

3:50pm: Tran doubles through Prasad
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

Trung Tran is no longer our short stack after getting full value versus table chip leader Jay Prasad.

Tran opened the action from the cutoff with a raise to 125,000 and Prasad flatted on the button. The blinds folded and the flop came Q♥9♠T♠.

Tran continued for 125,000 and with a quick call from Prasad the dealer turned the 9♦.

After a check from Tran, Prasad shipped all in with enough to cover Tran's 1.1 million, and Tran didn't hesitate long before calling to put himself at risk.

Tran: Q♠8♠
Prasad: J♦4♠

Tran was in great shape to double with two pair and a flush draw against Prasad's straight draw, and the river landed a safe 7♦ to see him lock up the pot and leave Prasad with 3.8 million.

3:35pm: Deal struck
Level 27: Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000)

After much debate with overwhelming chip leader Jay Prasad holding out for extra money, finally a deal has been agreed upon. The other three players all agreed to relinquish $5,000 each from their shares of an ICM chop, with $20,000, the trophy and the APPT title still left to play for.

Here's how much each player has locked up.

Jay Prassad - $175,000
Raymond Ou - $123,535
Ashish Gupta - $117,191
Trung Tran - $107,313

3:15pm: Deal discussion
Level 26: Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000)

The clock has been paused as the final four players discuss a possible deal.

Here's how they're stacked up as we wait to hear the decision.

Jay Prasad - 4.865 million
Raymond Ou - 2.155 million
Ashish Gupta - 1.745 million
Trung Tran - 1.380 million

3:10pm: Tran cracks queens to double
Level 26: Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000)

Trung Tran is lucky to still be in contention after running into the pocket queens of Raymond Ou.

The action began with Ashish Gupta raising to 100,000 from under the gun before Tran moved all in over the top for 645,000. Ou also opted to jam and with Gupta getting out of the way the cards went on their backs.

Tran: A♣7♥
Ou: Q♠Q♦

Tran needed help and he found a little on the 7♦K♦8♣ flop. The J♣ turn changed nothing but the railbirds gasped as the A♠ fell on the end to give Tran two pair and the winning hand.

Ou falls to 2.25 million.

3pm: Shawn Lee eliminated in 5th place ($47,175)
Level 26: Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000)

Shawn Lee leaves us after a cooler sees Raymond Ou take his stack.

Lee moved all in for around 600,000 from under the gun and Ou flat-called from the small blind to put him at risk. Ashish Gupta folded the big blind and the two active players revealed their hands.

Lee: J♠J♦
Ou: K♠K♦

Lee was in danger of elimination and the K♥3♥6♦ almost sealed his fate immediately. Needing only running jacks to stay in the running he couldn't do it as the 8♣ turn and 5♥ river saw him heading to the payout desk.

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5th place - Shawn Lee

2:45pm: Tu Lan eliminated in 6th place ($37,525)
Level 26: Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000)

Tu Lan departs in sixth place after calling off for his tournament life and not catching up when the community cards came down.

The hand began with Trung Tran moving all in for 475,000 from the cutoff before Lan committed his last 365,000 on the button.

Lan: K♣J♣
Tran: A♠4♦

Lan needed help and received exactly the opposite on the 7♥A♣8♥ flop. He needed running cards to survive and although he paired up on the K♥ turn the deck wouldn't oblige as the 9♦ river confirmed his elimination.

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6th place - Tu Lan

2:30pm: Gupta gets some from Ou
Level 26: Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000)

Raymond Ou just encountered a setback after losing a moderate sized pot to Ashish Gupta.

It was a battle of the blinds with Ou checking the 3♦9♠7♥ flop before Gupta fired for 75,000. The bet was met with a call and the dealer presented the 4♥ turn.

Ou check-called again, this time for 130,000 and the 5♠ rolled off on the end.

After a final check from Ou, Gupta barrelled for 270,000 and Ou reluctantly paid him off. Gupta tabled 9♥4♣ for a turned two pair to scoop the pot and knock Ou back down to 1.85 million.

2:20pm: Play resumes
Level 26: Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000)

We're back underway. Here's how the final players stack up.

Jay Prasad - 3,410,000
Raymond Ou - 2,265,000
Ashish Gupta - 1,825,000
Trung Tran - 1,030,000
Shawn Lee - 970,000
Tu Lan - 665,000


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2:10pm: First break

Our remaining six players have stepped away from the table for a 10-minute break.

2:05pm: Ou on the warpath
Level 25: Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000)

Despite starting the day as one of the short stacks Raymond Ou is starting to boss the table around. He is now up to 2.15 million in chips after three consecutive hands in a row.

The most recent of which saw Ou raise from the cutoff to 80,000 and Trung Tran defend his big blind. After a flop of 7♠T♦9♣ Tran checked and after Ou continued for 90,000, Tran played back at him for 225,000 in total. Ou stuck around and the 3♥ peeled off on the turn.

Tran then checked but after Ou fired for 210,000 Tran let the hand go and Ou scooped in another lot of chips.

1:55pm: Ben McLean eliminated in 7th place ($30,550)
Level 25: Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000)

Ben McLean is our first elimination of the day. He was just felted by Jay Prasad.

McLean moved all in under the gun for his last 455,000 and when it folded around to Prasad on the button he casually tossed in a 25,000-denomination chip to signal a call. The blinds both got out of the way and the cards went on their backs.

McLean: A♠9♠
Prasad: J♥J♦

McLean was chasing an ace or some spades but he couldn't improve when the cards came down K♥7♠T♦5♥2♥.

His elimination takes us down to only six players remaining.

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7th place - Ben McLean

1:45pm: McLean getting short
Level 25: Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000)

Ben McLean is now our table shortstack after he lost some chips to Ashish Gupta.

McLean opened to 90,000 on the button and Gupta made the call from the small blind. They went to a flop of T♣3♥9♦ and the action went check-check.

That changed on the 3♣ turn, however, with Gupta leading at it for 100,000. Mclean called and the T♠ fell on the end.

Gupta fired again, this time for 165,000, and McLean called it off to see the bad news. Gupta tabled K♥T♦ for tens full of threes and McLean mucked - dropping down to just 480,000.

1:35pm: Ou on the rise
Level 25: Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000)

Trung Tran raised to 85,000 from the cutoff and both Raymond Ou and Ben McLean called from the small blind and big blind respectively.

The dealer spread a 9♠6♦Q♣ flop and the action was checked around. The Q♦ arrived on the turn and after it was checked through again the 4♥ river was revealed.

Ou decided to lead at it for 130,000 and McLean opted to keep him honest. Tabling K♥Q♠ for three of a kind queens Ou was good and moved up to 1.15 million.

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Raymond Ou

1:25pm: Ou with back-to-back jams
Level 25: Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000)

Raymond Ou is one of the short stacks on this final table but he's managing to accumulate chips without going to showdown.

Ou moved open jammed two hands in a row, from the hijack and cutoff seats, both without any contest from the other players.

He now sits with 750,000 in play.

1:05pm: Tran chips up through Prasad
Level 24: Blinds 15,000/30,000 (5,000)

Jay Prasad opened the action with a raise to 75,000 under the gun and Trung Tran defended from the big blind. The flop fell Q♠7♥6♠ and Tran check-called a bet of 80,000.

The dealer turned the Q♥ to pair the board and Tran check-called again for 105,000. The 2♣ completed the board and after a final check from Tran, Prasad deliberated for a moment.

He finally decided to fire a final time for 230,000 and Tran made the call.

Prasad: A♠K♥
Tran: 9♠9♥

Tran's pocket nines were good against Prasad's ace high and Tran collected the pot to stack up a new total of 1.85 million. Prasad on the other hand dipped to 1.9 million.

1pm: McLean doubles through Gupta
Level 24: Blinds 15,000/30,000 (5,000)

Ben McLean is still in the APPT race after the river card saved his tournament life during a big coinflip.

McLean opened to 80,000 before Ashish Gupta came back over the top for 225,000. McLean didn't hesitate to move all in for approximately 800,000, and Gupta called it off to put him at risk.

McLean: A♥Q♣
Gupta: J♠J♦

McLean didn't catch any help on the 5♥6♣K♣ flop or the 3♦ turn but the A♦ arrived on the end to save him.

"River!" he cried with a fist pump as he secured the big double up and knocked Gupta back down to 1.6 million.

12:50pm: Gupta takes from McLean
Level 24: Blinds 15,000/30,000 (5,000)

Ben McLean raised to 70,000 from the button before Ashish Gupta reraised to 205,000 from the small blind. The big blind folded and McLean called.

The flop came 2♦A♠T♦ and Gupta checked before McLean quickly led out for 225,000. Gupta called made the call and the 3♥ arrived on the turn. Both players checked it through and did the same on the 3♠ river.
"Jack" announced McLean but he mucked his hand after Gupta tabled A♥6♠ for two pair to take down the pot.

12:35pm: McLean spikes a straight
Level 24: Blinds 15,000/30,000 (5,000)

Shawn Lee raised to 65,000 from middle position and was called by Jay Prasad in the cutoff and Ben McLean in the big blind.

The flop landed K♥7♠6♠ and the action was checked around.

The 8♠ appeared on the turn and after a couple of checks, Prasad fired for 80,000. Lee got out of the way but McLean called before the 5♥ completed the board.

McLean checked his option and Prasad made it 100,000 to go. McLean then put in a raise to 300,000 and Prasad called it off.

With A♦9♣ for a straight McLean's hand was good and he moved up to 1.35 million. Prasad dropped to 1.85 million in chips.

12:25pm: Lan moves in
Level 24: Blinds 15,000/30,000 (5,000)

Shawn Lee raised to 65,000 from the cutoff and when it was folded to Tu Lan in the big blind he shoved all in for a total of 815,000.

Lee couldn't call it off and Lan added some chips to his stack.

12:15pm: Cards in the air!
Level 24: Blinds 15,000/30,000 (5,000)

Play has begun for our APPT Melbourne Main Event final table.

Everyone is seated except Jay Prasad who is expected to make an appearance momentarily.

The final table awaits!

It won't be long until our lucky final seven wander back into Crown Casino with their eyes set on the next APPT Main Event title. On top of that the eventual champion will also receive a healthy $235,875 for the first place prize!

Leading the charge at the start of play will be Ashish Gupta. He eliminated four players as the final table drew near to establish himself as the overall table captain. Gupta returns with 2.22 million just ahead of second-place starter Jay Prasad on 2.16 million.

The action recommences at 12:15pm local time with blinds at 15,000/30,000 and a 5,000 chip ante. With that in mind here's how our final table stacks up.

Seat 1) Trung Tran - 2,065,000
Seat 2) Jay Prasad - 2,160,000
Seat 3) Tu Lan - 755,000
Seat 4) Raymond Ou - 795,000
Seat 5) Ben McLean - 845,000
Seat 6) Ashish Gupta - 2,220,000
Seat 7) Shawn Lee - 1,325,000

Be sure to stay with us as we bring you all your live coverage needs for the exciting conclusion of this APPT Melbourne!

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