APPT Queenstown Day 2: Levels 9 & 10 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100)
4:50pm: 10-minute break
4:45pm: Schreiner and Grigg have at it
A huge crowd built around table two as the players began to make their way out of the room for the final break of the day, with Australia's Tom Grigg and Germany's Marcel Schreiner providing some late fireworks.
From under the gun, Grigg raised to 2,500 from under the gun and the action to Schreiner, who re-raised to 7,000. The others got of the way, and after a few minutes in the tank, Grigg four-bet it to 21,200.
The other players stood up out of their seats and watched on intently as Schreiner contemplated his decision, but then he pushed out a five-bet worth 39,200. Grigg went back into the tank for another few minutes before moving all-in. Schreiner snap-folded.
And with that, Schreiner is down to just 75,600, but Grigg now has the chip lead going into the last two hours of play with 250,000!
4:40pm: Karamalikis find a flop
After an opening raise from Ben Paurini, Jonathan Karamalikis put in a three-bet in position and Paurini made the call to see a flop of 7♠3♦7♦.
Both players checked and the turn brought the 3♣. Paurini checked and Karamalikis bet 6,500. Paurini called and the river landed the 9♣. Paurini checked for a third time and Karamalikis released a river bet of 14,000. Paurini thought briefly before making the call but mucked when Karamalikis showed K♥7♥.
"I saw your cards," said Daniel Neilson from the rail following the hand. "As soon as I saw them, I knew it was going to be a 7-7-3 flop."
Karamalikis is up to 90,000 with Paurini down to 100,000.
4:35pm: Zheng scoops up McKenzie and Philip
It's all coming up roses for Jackson Zheng, with the New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier taking out Jesse McKenzie and PokerStars Team Online's Dale Philip in back-to-back hands.
Earlier, McKenzie got the last of his very short stack into the middle before the flop holding K♣T♠, but was unable to improve against Zheng's 7♦7♣ after the board ran out A♥9♦2♣4♠9♠ and for now, Leo Boxell holds his lead on the Australia New Zealand Player of the Year leaderboard.
A short time later, Philips shoved his last 12,000 into the middle holding K♠2♠ after Zheng raised from the cutoff in the very next hand. Zheng called, trailing Philips' hand with Q♦8♦, but the flop was spread 8♣2♥5♦, which improved to two pair after the turn and river came running 6♥, 6♦.
Zheng is now firmly in control of this tournament, holding 220,000 in chips!
4:30pm: Lucky eights for Cohen
Hugh Cohen entered today as one of the room's shortest stacks but he's now commanding a six-figure stack thanks to a big double up through Kiwi Cole Swannack.
The chips were in preflop with Cohen holding 8♠8♦ for the pair against the A♣K♠ overcards of Swannack, and the pair held up on the 7♠Q♥Q♣5♥T♥ board. Cohen is up to 100,000 while Swannack is still in good shape with 103,000.
4:25pm: Pedley perishes
The luck didn't go the way of Michael Pedley as two all-in clashes both went against him to send him to the rail as just 31 players remain in the APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event.
First Pedley was all in with A♣K♦ and in great shape to eliminate Brian Biggs who held a dominated K♣J♠ but the 9♦5♦J♣Q♠5♠ board paired up Biggs for the double up to cripple the Aussie.
Pedley's last 8,900 chips were in the middle moments later from under the gun, with Estonian PokerStars qualifier Roland Keiso making the call. Pedley tabled K♦Q♦ and this time he was the one dominated as Keiso showed A♥Q♣. The board fell J♦J♣5♣6♥T♠ as Pedley wished everyone luck and exited the Summit Room.
4:20pm: Mac attack
Easy come, easy go for Dale Philip as he has doubled up Jesse McKenzie in a battle of the blinds. The chips went in between the two short stacks on a flop of 7♠J♠9♠. McKenzie held A♦9♣ for a pair of nines as Philip tabled K♠5♥ for overcard with a flush draw.
Both players were on their feet in resignation but both would have to sit back down when the 7♥ turn and J♥ bricked the board. McKenzie doubled up to 45,000 with Philip back down to 16,500.
4:15pm: Dale doubles
Marcel Schreiner opened with a raise before PokerStars Team Online's Dale Philip moved his short stack of 17,400 all in over the top. Schreiner made the call with 5♥5♦ as Philip was happy enough with his 6♥7♥.
"A classic race!" laughed tablemate Tom Grigg, but the race went the way of the Scot as the board was spread J♣7♠6♠A♦J♠. Philip is now up to 40,000 and still a chance to secure his first ever APPT cash.
4:10pm: Edwards eliminated
Australian PokerStars Qualifier Luke Edwards is no longer with us, having been sent to the rail courtesy of New Zealand's Jackson Zheng.
As it was recalled to us, Edwards moved the last of his money into the middle preflop holding pocket eights, but lost the flip for his tournament life against Zheng's [A][K], which hit another king on the flop. Edwards is now free to enjoy the sights as Zheng continues his charge for another APPT final table berth, now holding 140,000 in chips.
4:05pm: An all-too-familiar story ...
There's no doubt that New Zealand's Koray Turker is great to watch and an excellent provider of action for our reporters. However you have to wonder if he's taking years off his life expectancy with the volatility of his game, as once again his APPT story goes from the riches to rags with his mighty empire now decimated.
The details of the hand were recalled to us, but we believe that Marcel Schreiner opened with a raise from the button and Turker three-bet from the big blind. Schreiner made the call and the flop landed 4♥8♠Q♥.
Turker's continuation bet was called and the turn brought the 2♣. Again Turker led out but this time Schreiner raised. Turker moved all in over the top and this is where there was some confusion. With Turker's plethora of small denomination chips, it took a while for the dealers to cut out the bet amount and we believe that Schreiner thought he'd already put enough in the middle to cover his opponent. However he had to put in his last 5,000 or so before revealing T♥8♥.
"That's such a slowroll!" accused Turker before he added, "I knew you were on a draw!" as he opened J♠4♦ for just third pair.
The river was the 5♦ and Schreiner grabbed the 150,000-chip pot as Turker hastily exited the room, only to be called back moments later when a re-check of the stacks discovered that he had 5,100 remaining following the hand.
After folding a few hands, Turker moved all in from the cutoff for his last 4,800 with 9♥5♦ and Jamie Lunt made the call with Q♠2♠. The board ran out 3♣4♥8♠7♠8♣ and Turker's amazing tournament come crashing to a halt.
3:55pm: Cohen doubles through Cole
2010 ANZPT Queenstown champion Julian Cohen may no longer be in this year's event, but his brother Hugh is alive and well, now up to 71,000 after doubling through Cole Swannack.
All the money was in the middle before the flop; Cohen was at risk for his last 35,200 holding A♠9♥, but would need a lot of help against Swannack's Q♦Q♣.
His chances improved slightly on the flop of 9♣5♥6♣, but the 3♣ still kept Swannack head - that is, until the 9♦ spiked on the river!
Swannack may be down, but certainly not going anywhere fast as he's still holding 140,000 in chips.
3:50pm: Level up, blinds 600-1,200 (ante 100)
3:45pm: A double shot of doubles
2011 ANZPT Adelaide champion Octavian Voegele and New Zealand's Xia Dong Xia have both managed to double up as the remaining 34 players duke it out here in the Summit Room.
Earlier on table five, Xia raised to 2,400 from middle position and fellow Kiwi Brian Biggs called from the big blind to go heads-up to the flop of K♥A♥Q♠. Biggs check-called Xia's bet of 5,000 after the flop, then check-called again after Xia shoved for 37,000 on the turn of the 9♠. Even though Biggs had paired up his A♣T♣, Xia was ahead holding two pair with A♦K♦.
Needing a jack to take out Xia, Biggs was crippled to 25,000 after a repeat Q♣ came down on the river, doubling Xia up to 90,000.
A short time later, Voegele got the last of his money into the middle before the flop with [A][K], but his hand was able to hold up against the [A][J] of Jonathan Karamalikis to see him double up 56,000. Karamalikis is now around the 80,000 chip-mark.
3:35pm: Hinrichsen calls Caris
Andy Hinrichsen opened with a raise to 2,200 from under the gun and Charles Caris made the call in the big blind to see a flop of T♦K♥T♣.
Caris decided to lead out with a bet of 3,500 and Hinrichsen called. On the 5♦ turn, Caris released a second barrel worth 6,000. Hinrichsen shrugged and called and the K♠ double-paired the board on the river. Caris didn't slow down as his third bullet was worth 10,000. It wasn't enough firepower to stop Hinrichsen who called him down.
Caris opened A♦7♠ but Hinrichsen had the goods with his Q♠Q♣. Caris is down to 72,000 with Hinrichsen chipping up to 105,000.
3:25pm: Harman heisted, Keiso crushed
New Zealand's Alicia Sale is on one of the sickest runs in New Zealand poker history and it's set to continue after she chipped up to 155,000, taking out fellow Kiwi John Harman and Estonian PokerStars Qualifier Roland Keiso in the process.
Earlier, The action folded to sale who raised to 2,700 from middle position; Harman, who was down to his last 1,800 in chips, called all-in, but Germany's Marcel Schreiner raised to 7,000 from the small blind. Sale called, so it was heads-up to a sidepot on a flop of 7♣A♥6♠.
Schreiner bet 7,700 after the flop and also opened for 10,900 after the turn of the 5♣, with Sale snap-calling each time before both players checked their option on the river of the 7♥. Schreiner turned up A♠T♣, but Sale also had A♦T♠, so Harman was chopped out of the tournament, much to his frustation, as he flung open 4♥4♣ before storming out of the Summit Room.
3:15pm: Familton floored
Jesse McKenzie opened to 2,000 before Koray Turker did what he does best - he three-bet, making it 5,000 to go. Action then folded to Greg Familton who moved all in for his last 14,600, forcing a fold from McKenzie (of what he later claimed was pocket nines).
Turker made the call with A♦Q♥ and found himself racing with Familton's T♦T♥.
It took until the river but Turker got there when the board ran out 4♦9♥8♦2♥Q♦, eliminating Familton and climbing Turker to 70,000. Meanwhile McKenzie was left pondering a missed triple up as he battles a short stack of around 12,000.
3:05pm: Kroesen KO'ed
Ricky Kroesen's run in the 2011 PokerStars.net APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event is all over after being busted at the hands of fellow Aussie Semesa Brown.
The action folded to Brown who raised from the button before Kroesen quickly moved all-in for his last 22,900 holding K♥9♠. Brown called, tabling A♠J♥ and hit top pair on the flop of 6♥J♦8♦.
Kroesen found a bit of help with the T♥ on the turn, but the 4♠ bricked out on the river and we're now down to 39 players. Brown is now up to 55,000.
2:55pm: The final 45
With the field reduced to the final 45 players, the last outer table has been broken and all players have been relocated into the main Summit Room across five tables of nine players.
Luke Edwards seems to have the run bads with table draws. He was hoping to get some relief after breaking from the tough outer table, but he's now found himself on the table of doom with Tom Grigg, Koray Turker, Jesse McKenzie and Jackson Zheng. Argh!
Another new arrival into the main room is Jonathan Karamalikis who took his seat on table four and had a quick glance around his table before spotting a familiar face at the other end of the table in Ben McLean.
"Ahh, I didn't recognize you without a suit!" laughed Karamalikis as he took his new seat.
Of course, McLean and Karamalikis are familiar with sitting opposite each other after they went heads up for the APPT Sydney Grand Final title in December last year. Karamalikis was triumphant on that day, but will McLean be able to extract some revenge today?
2:45pm: Play resumes, blinds 500-1,000 (ante 100)
Tom Grigg is now our overwhelming chip leader, holding 210,000, while Cole Swannack (118,000), Andrew Hinrichsen (115,000) and Jonathan Karamalikis (105,000) make up the Aussie quadrella. New Zealanders Jackson Zheng (95,000) and Alicia Sale (85,000) are still well in contention, but as we've seen in the first two hours of play, anything can - and will - happen!