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Live updates from day 2, level 13 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 500) of the APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.

6.30pm: Quads for Quinton

UK PokerStars Qualifier Joe Quinton has moved up to 210,000 in chips after eliminating New Zealand-based Egyptian Sherif Badran. Quinton raised it up before the flop to 11,000, Badran moved all-in over the top and Quinton snap-called. It was Quinton’s A A against the K K of Badran – the board ran out 6 A 7 9 A, sweetening Quinton’s hand to quad aces and Badran’s tournament run to history.

Ticking down to the end of level 13 (sixth of the day) with 45 players spread over six tables, Simon Watt remains the chip leader on 330,000 ahead of Jason Brown (310,000), Joe Quinton (200,000), Michael Shinzaki (190,000) and Jens Walther (185,000).

6.15pm: The king of comedy

After almost two full days of action in the APPT Auckland Main Event, just 15 players face the agonising prospect of missing the money with 47 contenders remaining for a minimum cash of NZD $5523.

Notables still in the hunt include the sole Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian, his father Assadour, last year’s APPT Auckland winner Daniel Craker and fourth-place finisher Dan Sing, 2008 Aussie Millions $1000 rebuys event champion Michael Pedley and NZ poker personality Mike King.

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One of New Zealand’s most popular poker players, Mike King

When it comes to poker ambassadors for an entire nation, it’s hard to past King. With more one-liners than a prep class, there’s never a boring moment when the comedian is around. Coming off third in the 2009 NZ Poker Champs Main Event, King has again shown that he is no slouch at the tables by running deep in his nation’s biggest tournament.

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Michael Shinzaki is back near the top of the leaderboard after claiming the last of Soren Eriksen’s chips

6pm: Dane’s hopes dashed

The hopes of 2009 New Zealand Poker Championships Main Event winner Soren Eriksen have ended. The Dane headed for the rail after a hand against Mathieu Louisy-Gabriel – on a board that read 7 10 A Q K, Eriksen had made a straight with A J but the French PokerStars Qualifier had him beat with K 6 for the flush.

Left with only 15,000 in chips, Eriksen moved them all in pre-flop holding Q J, only to be called down by Michael Shinzaki with 6 6. The dealer revealed the Q in the window, but it was followed by 7, 6 to give Shinzaki the set and the lead. Eriksen was left with little hope and it wasn’t to be as the turn and river ran out K 3.

As players take their second break of the day, take a breather of your own to check out this video preview of day two in the APPT Auckland Main Event:

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