APPT Queenstown Day 2: Levels 7 & 8 (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

2:35pm: 10-minute break

2:25pm: Hinrichsen hits one-outer to bust Haas

David Haas has now joined his wife Leanne on the rail as 50 players remain in contention for the APPT Queenstown Snowfest title.

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David Haas has just hit the rail

Haas was pretty unlucky after he committed his chips preflop with pocket kings against Andy Hinrichsen's pocket jacks, but a third jack on the flop was enough to spell the end for Haas. It was even worse than that for Haas when it was discovered that another player had folded a jack preflop, and so Hinrichsen had hit his one-outer.

Haas is out as Hinrichsen moves up to 50,000 in change.

2:15pm: Turker's smack-talk backfires

Sometimes when you talk smack at the table, you can come out looking like a genius.  Of course, when things backfire you just look a tad foolish.

So when Koray Turker chriped "You're about to get owned," in the middle of the hand against Tom Grigg, you knew that he was about to put it on the line.

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Turker and Grigg locking horns

It started with Turker opening to 1,800 from the hijack before Grigg re-raised it to 4,750.  Turker then kicked in his smack-talking before he re-popped it to 12,250. Grigg isn't one to be intimidated by a little table talk as he clicked it back with a min-raise.  Turker then decided his best move was to six-shove all in but Grigg snapped it off with a call for his last 90,000 chips!

Grigg: K♥K♣
Turker: A♣5♠

Wow!  Turker sure doesn't mind splashing around and despite running into a monster he still had some equity with an ace to win the massive pot.

The two players continued to exchange words but Turker couldn't suck out as the board was dealt 5♣J♦7♠K♠9♣.  Turker is down to 60,000 while Grigg now has a stranglehold on the chip lead with 195,000 in chips.

2:05pm: Introducing the Dong

Dale Philip has just been introduced to one of Australia's best young players in APPT Sydney champion Jonathan "xMONSTERxDONGx" Karamalikis.  The two are now seated together on a super-tough table out on the main gaming floor that also includes Ryan McKay, Octavian Voegele, Jacky Wang and Luke Edwards.  Luckily for them, they are the next table to break.

Karamalkis is striving to become the first to win two APPT titles and he's making a good fist of it here in Queenstown.  Karamalikis opened with a raise to 2,000 before Philip three-bet to 5,275 from the cutoff.  Karamalikis made the call and the two checked a flop of T♦T♠J♦.

Karamalikis led for 6,500 on the 2♥ turn and Philip made the call as the 3♣ was another brick on the river.  Karamalikis tossed out 11,000 to send Philip deep into the tank.  It took several long minutes for him to surface with a crying call.  Karamalikis opened K♠J♠ for a nice value bet as Philip tossed his cards away.

Karamalikis is now up to 102,000 with Philip slipping back down to 45,000.

1:55pm: It's MAC time!

New Zealand's Jeremy MacDonald has just scored a huge double-KO to move up to 85,000, taking out Australian PokerStars Qualifiers Harry Kyriacou and Cameron McDonald. Given that there's only one letter separating two of our players involved in this hand, we'll be using first names to avoid confusion.

From under the gun, Cameron raised to 1,800 before the flop and Jeremy called from middle position before Harry re-raised all-in for just over 10,000 from the big blind. Cameron then shoved over the top for 22,000 and Jeremy snap-called.

Cameron: K♠K♥
Jeremy: A♠K♣
Harry: A♣T♦

Jeremy and Harry spiked the bigger pair on the flop of A♦6♠2♦, but had Harry outkicked and Cameron drawing to just the case king. The turn of the J♣ didn't help, and neither did the Q♣, thus ending the tournament lives of Kyriacou and McDonald simultaneously.

1:45pm: Wang doubles through Voegele

Having been as low as 4,000 at the first level of play, Jacky Wang is now up to 24,000 after doubling through 2011 ANZPT Adelaide Champion Octavian Voegele.

From under the gun, Wang moved all-in for his last 11,000, but Voegele shoved over the top for 52,000 from middle position, forcing the others out of the way before Wang tabled 9♠9♦, only to find himself trailing Voegele's K♠K♥.

Voegele kept the lead after the flop of 5♥6♣2♠ and the turn of the 7♣, but the river 9♣ was golden for Wang, giving him another double. Voegele is down to 24,000.

1:40pm: Straight for Sale

Overnight chip leader Alicia Sale has been pretty quiet today, slipping down a little from her overnight count, but she's just recovered some chips and was a little unfortunate not to receive even more.

Sale opened from late position with a raise to 1,800 and picked up four callers to see a flop of 2♥3♥8♣.  Action checked around and the turn brought the 4♥.  Kyle James led out from the small blind with a bet of 3,000 with Sale and Matty Yates both calling to see the 4♦ fall on the river.

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Alicia Sale still in the hunt

James tossed out another 6,000 and Sale re-checked her cards before matching the bet as Yates escaped.

"Straight," said James as he opened up A♣5♠ expecting to win the pot, but Sale showed 5♣6♠ for a bigger straight.  A flushy, paired board saved James some chips as Sale is back up to 95,000.

1:35pm: Level up, blinds 400-800 (ante 75)

1:30pm: Voegele lets one go

Dale Phillip opened to 1,300 and found two callers before Octavian Voegele popped it up to 5,500 in the big blind.  Phillip deliberated for several minutes before he quietly slid his entire stack of 63,625 into the middle.  The two callers got out of the way, and it was Voegele's turn in the tank.

"How about you just tell me what you have, so I don't waste time," laughed Voegele, but the PokerStars Team Online player remained silent.

With around 45,000 behind, and a decision for his entire stack, Voegele eventually decided to open-fold his A♦K♦ to the surprise of the table.  Phillip raked in the pot to move up to 75,000.

1:20pm: Friendly fire

Raymond McCarthy has just doubled through fellow New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Gareth Dale. With all the money in the middle before the flop, Dale was holding the "Queenstown Special" - Q♠Q♥ - but they were shot down by McCarthy's A♠A♣ after the board ran out 6♣3♠T♠9♣3♥.

McCarthy is up to 20,000, with Dale slipping to 44,000.

1:15pm: Wang back in the game

After being crippled earlier in the day, Jacky Wang has staged a comeback of sorts as he's now back to 20,000 in chips and has found a pulse once again in this tournament. Wang's latest double up came at the expense of Luke Edwards.

Edwards opened from the cutoff to 1,300 before Wang moved all in for 9,700 in the big blind.  Edwards sighed and made the call, but found his K♥Q♥ dominated by Wang's A♥Q♣.

The board ran out 8♦8♠9♠6♣A♠ to double up Wang and leave Edwards with 27,000 in chips.

1:10pm: All aboard the Turker express!

New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Koray Turker has begun to apply the heat here in Queenstown, soaring to 145,000 in chips after sending Canadian PokerStars Qualifier Amichai Barer to the rail.

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Koray Turker is not to be trifled with!

The action folded around to Barer who open-shoved from the cutoff with A♠8♠, only to be called down by Turker, who held A♦Q♦ in the big blind, which paired up on the flop of 6♣Q♠J♠.

Despite holding the nut flush draw, Turker improved to two pair and kept the lead all the way as the turn and river ran red in the form of A♥, 4♦ to send him to the rail.

1:10pm: Hinrichsen slays Stadler

There are now 61 players left in Day 2 of the APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event after Australia's Andrew Hinrichsen has just taken out New Zealander Erich Stadler over on table three.

From under the gun, Stadler open-shoved before Hinrichsen re-raised all-in over the top, forcing the others out of the way before Stadler showed down 8♠8♣, only to grimace as Hinrichsen rolled up T♦T♣.

With neither hand improving on the board of K♥7♦9♠4♣6♣, another one bites the dust. Hinrichsen is now up to 74,100.

1:00pm: No signs of slowing for Koray

Richard Docherty has been eliminated as the giant-killing Koray Turker continues his hot vein of form.  With the chips in preflop, Turker's pocket pair of sevens held up against the ace-king of Docherty when the board ran out [5][5][9][9][T].

Docherty is out as Turker moves into the Centurion Club with 105,000 in chips.

12:50pm: Bower busts

The field has been whittled down to 63 players and play is now nine-handed as Australia's Brad Bower was amongst the latest players to have hit the rail.

The action folded around to Octavian Voegele who raised to 1,300 from middle position; New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Gareth Dale called from the cutoff, but Bower shoved for his last 7,000 with [A][J] from the small blind.

Voegele folded and Dale called with his [4][4], but despite Bower hitting a jack on the flop to take the lead, Dale snatched it back on the river with a four for the set to end Bower's tournament life. Dale is now up to 60,000 in chips.

12:40pm: McKenzie stays alive, Wang on life support

Jesse McKenzie has scored a crucial double-up in the early stages of Day 2, but fellow Australian PokerStars Qualifier Jacky Wang has been crippled in some of the early action here in the Summit Room.

Earlier on table two, the action folded around to McKenzie who open-shoved from the button for 7,700 with A♠K♣, but he found himself flipping for his tournament life against the Q♠Q♥ of New Zealand's AJ Bertenshaw.

However, McKenzie spiked the ace on the flop of 5♦7♣A♥, which held when the turn and river ran out 6♦, T♦ to see him double up to 16,000.

Meanwhile on table one, Martin Cardno had raised to 1,600 from middle position before the flop and found two callers in Wang from the button, as well as New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Kyle James from the small blind, to go three ways into a flop of A♠3♦8♦.

James checked to Cardno who bet 2,100 and Wang called, but James then check-raised, making it 6,000 to go. Cardno snap-folded, Wang pushed the rest of his stack into the middle and James called all-in for 22,075.

James: A♦Q♣
Wang: A♣T♣

James' hand held all the way as the turn and river bricked out 9♦, 5♠, sending his stack up to more than 64,000, while Wang is looking glum, staring down at a stack worth just 4,000.

12:35pm: Nice start

On the outer tables, there's been a flurry of early action with three eliminations in the first few minutes of play.
Matthew Burton-Clay became one of our first casualties of the day after he moved his last 10,650 in preflop from middle position holding T♠T♦ but Luke Edwards made the call with K♥K♠. The board ran out 5♣Q♥J♥6♣9♦ to send Clay to an early exit as Edwards chipped up to 45,000.

On the eleven-handed table, we caught the action from the flop with Tom Grigg leading out for 3,850 from the big blind on a flop of J♠3♥2♦.  Joel Douaglin made the call under the gun before Jeff Bucher announced himself all in over the top on the button.

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Grigg is out of the gates early once again

That certainly grabbed our attention, but there was a frenzy of action to follow as Grigg announced himself all in, and Douaglin did the same! Bucher opened J♦9♥ for top pair but it was only the third best hand.  Douaglin showed A♣J♥ for top-top, but Grigg had them both covered with his 3♠3♦ set of threes.

The turn was the 4♣ and river the 6♣ as Grigg lands an early double KO to climb to 110,000 chips.

"Nice start," said Grigg with a smile.

12:35pm: Shuffle up and deal!

The players have been seated, the formalities from SKYCITY Casino Shift Manager Andrew Gray out of the way and the cards are now in the air for Day 2 of the APPT Snowfest!

With the intimate setting of the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, the 71 players in the field have been spread across all five tables in the Summit Room are 10-handed, as well as one table out in the main casino floor, but the seventh table is starting 11-handed. The tables will be balanced to nine-handed as soon as possible.

Once again, we'll be playing six one-hour levels, after which, the lucky few to survive will bag and tag for the night.

Here's the structure for today's play:

Level 7: 300-600 (ante 75)
Level 8: 400-800 (ante 100)
Level 9: 500-1,000 (ante 100)
Level 10: 600-1,200 (ante 100)
Level 11: 800-1,600 (ante 200)
Level 12: 1,000-2,000 (ante 200)

In the meantime, check out our video with's very own Lynn Gilmartin as she catches up with Day 2 chip leader Alicia Sale:

Landon Blackhall
@PokerStars in Queenstown