Live updates from day 2, level 12 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300) of the PokerStars.net 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.
5.30pm: Groove not so super for Lonie
Simon Watt and Jason Brown have snuck ahead of the pack to be the only two players holding more than 300,000 in chips. The money was in the middle between Watt and the Joe Lonie on a flop that read 9♣ 8♦ 5♦; Watt led out for 10,000, Lonie moved the rest of his stack into the middle and Watt snap-called, tabling 10♥ 10♦, in front of Lonie who was looking for help with A-Q.
The turn of the J♣ was a scare card for Watt as any 10 would give Lonie the straight and keep in this tournament. However the river K♦ would send Supergroove’s bass player to the rail and Watt’s stack to 320,000.
Not to be outdone, Jason Brown moved up to outright second with 315,000 after claiming the scalp of another opponent on table eight. Brown’s pocket queens were well ahead of the all-in opponent’s A-10 and held up as the board bricked out.
5.15pm: Kiwi quinella at top of chip count
We’re just 20 spots short of the money and the scheduled end of day two in the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event. As the working Joes start to think about beer o’clock to end their week, it’s peak hour in the SKYCITY Casino poker room as we approach the business end of the tournament.
With the chip average just over 90,000, most players in the room are still in with a shot of making the top 32 with a dominant chip leader yet to emerge. Currently, it reads New Zealand 1-2 – Jason Brown on 250,000 ahead of Simon Watt (230,000), the resurgent Gerome Guitteau (200,000), Jens Walther (190,000) and Michael Shinzaki (160,000).
5pm: Tahtouh’s dreams destroyed
Team PokerStars Australia is down to a single representative after Emad Tahtouh, was crippled then busted. Jason Brown and another opponent limped in pre-flop only to see Tahtouh make it 10,000 to go from late position. The other opponent moved out of the way, Brown re-raised to 25,000, Tahtouh shoved and Brown snap-called, rolling up pocket kings against his pocket sixes.
The flop produced another king for Brown’s set and bricked out; Tahtouh then put the last of his stack on a king-high flop with K-9, only to have Mike King deliver the final blow when he tabled K-Q. With Tahtouh eliminated, Jason Brown is the new chip leader with 250,000 in chips, while Mike King battles on with 60,000 in his stack.
4.45pm: James cut to the bone
Local PokerStars Qualifier James Honeybone has been KOed short of the money on day two of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event. “I was short stacked, around 30,000 in chips and I pushed all in with A♣ 2♣, but Michael Pedley woke up with pocket kings. Not the best time to make that play, but I’d been playing really tight so I figured I’d squeeze and try to double up.” No dice.
Australian PokerStars Qualifier Aaron azzabentonaces Benton has also been eliminated, with German PokerStars Qualifier Oleg Epp his nemesis. Having been stacked by Epp a few hands earlier, Benton managed a double-up through chip leader Simon Watt before moving his last 12,200 into the middle on the next hand. Epp made the call and it was Benton’s 5♠ 5♣ against 8♥ 8♣. The board ran out 9♥ 10♠ 3♥ 3♠ 6♦, ending Benton’s day.