APPT Melbourne Day 1: Levels 3-4 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)
4:25pm: Ten-minute break
4:20pm: Greer gobbles up Chua's chips
Australian PokerStars Qualifier Charles Chua has hit the rail with minutes to go until the break, taken out at the hands of fellow Aussie Norah Greer.
Four players, including Chua and Greer, limped in to see a flop of Q-7-4 before Chua checked from the big blind. The other two players in middle position also checked, but Greer fired out 400 from the button. Chua shoved the last of his stack into the middle, forcing the others out of the way.
Greer snap-called, tabling pocket fours for a set against Chua's Q-3 for top pair. Neither the turn or river were of any help and Chau was eliminated. Greer, who made the final table of this year's ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event, is now up to more than 53,000 in chips.
4:15pm: McIver in strife
2009 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Stewart Scott is now up to 49,000 in chips after putting Dean McIver in a vice in a recent hand on table 50.
We picked up the action on a flop that read 4♦9♠2♠. McIver led out for 10,000 from the small blind and Scott flat-called from the button before McIver fired out another 10,000 on the turn of the J♦. Scott shoved for another 17,675.
With only 11,000 behind, McIver found himself in a rather precarious situation - so much so, that he was squirming in his seat for almost eight minutes. McIver tried to probe Scott with questions, but Scott simply smiled and sipped on his coffee. Eventually, McIver called the clock on himself, but folded with 30 seconds to go.
4:00pm: Royal Flush for Lau
We've just seen our first Royal Flush of Season 5 of the APPT and the hand responsible was Marcus Lau. So impressive was Lau's hand that he actually showed down a six-card straight-flush to the ace, and he got paid off! Lau bet it all the way and his opponent called him down on a board of Q♠T♠6♣K♠J♠.
Lau turned over a lazy A♠9♠ for a sweet Royal to the acknowledgement of his tablemates. NH sir!
3:45pm: Dunwoodie's done, Gao's gone
Australia's Jie Gao and Sean Dunwoodie have been amongst the latest players to have hit the rail as the action continues here in the inaugural PokerStars.net APPT Melbourne Main Event.
Earlier, Gao lost a huge chunk of his stack to an opponent's Q♣7♣ which caught a runner-runner flush, despite having hit trips with his A-K on the flop. Gao then moved the last of his money into the middle holding A-J after pairing up his jack on the flop, but another opponent's T-9 offsuit caught a runner-runner straight.
Dunwoodie was out the door a short time later. Having had his pocket kings cracked in a previous hand, he got the last of his money in holding pocket aces after the turn on a board that read J-T-4-2, only to discover that his opponent had flopped a set holding pocket jacks.
However, 2008 APPT Manila Main Event champion Van Marcus is not going anywhere - he's now up to 115,000 in chips to be our chip leader on a super-tough table that was recently joined by Jarred Graham.
3:25pm: Level up, blinds 150-300, ante 25
3:20pm: Team PokerStars round-up
It's been a mixed bag for Team PokerStars in today's field. Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang is grinding his start stack of 30,000, while Aussie Team Online Pro Keiran Harris and PokerStars Qualifier Andrew Watson are fairing a little better, each sitting on more than 40,000 in chips.
The same can't be said for fellow PokerStars Qualifier Charles Chua, who's down to just 5,000 in chips after Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker doubled through him when Chua ran his ace-king into the Moneymaker's pocket aces.
Moneymaker's now up to 39,000 as a result, but Joe Hachem is faring a little better with 42,000.
They'll all trailing New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Koray Turker, who is now on 66,000 in chips. According to Aussie online phenom Tom Grigg, he's absolutely dominating their table and striking fear into the hearts of his rivals.
"He's the only player that's really scared me in the last few years," Grigg said to us during the break. "I'm terrified of playing a pot with him - I'm going to avoid him like the plague!"
3:10pm: Hachem clips Glazier
Jackie Glazier opened with a raise to 550 from under the gun and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem flat-called on the button. The big blind came along to make it a three-way dance to the 8♣T♣5♣ flop. Action checked to Glazier who bet 1,025. Hachem and the big blind both called as the J♠ hit the turn.
Again it was checked to Glazier who didn't slow down as she bet 2,200. Hachem responded with a min-raise to 4,400 as the big blind stepped aside. Glazier called and we had ourselves a big pot as the 4♦ completed the board.
Glazier checked and Hachem anticlimactically checked behind.
"Ace-jack, Jack," said Hachem as he opened A♣J♦.
"You're so lucky!" exclaimed Glazier as she tossed her cards into the muck, claiming she held king-jack with the king of clubs.
Glazier slips to 25,000 with Hachem now in good shape with 50,000.
3:00pm: Rome can be built in a day, apparently ...
From under the gun, Roman Pesochinsky raised before the flop and 2010 ANZPT Melbourne runner-up James Obst called before an opponent three-bet it in late position. Both Pesochinsky and Obst called, making it three-handed to the flop of A♣K♦7♠.
From there, Pesochinsky and Obst checked to the late position player, who led out for 3,100. Pesochinsky flat-called, but Obst proceeded to check-min-raise to 6,200, forcing the late position player out of the way.
However, Pesochinsky shoved the rest of his stack into the middle, sending Obst into the tank for over four minutes before he reluctantly mucked his hand. Pesochinsky flashed A♦K♣ before raking in the pot. And just like that, he's now up to more than 60,000 while Obst is down 15,000.
2:40pm: Risky business
One of the major challenges for poker players when they settle in for a long day on the felt is having the mental stamina to remain patient throughout the day. Often players will plug in their iPod and relax to their favourite music, but with the advances in technology we've just spotted a new way for players to pass the time in between hands.
Tom Grigg, Bryan Huang and Liam O'Rourke are all seated on adjacent tables and are currently involved in an epic war. Literally. The three are currently engaged in a game of multi-player Risk on their iPhones with much of their focus on who is invading South America as opposed to who is stealing their blinds. Whatever it takes to pass the time!
2:25pm: Play resumes
The players are back following the first break of the day and it appears that the eccentric David Steicke is our current chip leader. We caught up with him at the break and he recalled to us that he won a big pot with a straight before his pocket queens won a race against ace-king to jump him up to 100,000 in chips.
We've had word that the current number of entrants is a tick over the 250-player mark. We expect that registration will be locked out very soon so we'll be able to confirm numbers shortly.