Live updates from day 2, level 8 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100) of 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.
1.15pm: Who’s the Sherif in these parts?
Amid the champagne corks after news broke that balloon boy was OK, tournament staff have already broken two tables after more than a dozen departures during the first level of play on day two in the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event. Sherif Badran has been the big mover in the opening hour … he claimed the scalp of Brotha D before putting a big dent in the stack of Aaron Benton, who took down the biggest online tournament prize ever won by an Australian earlier this year. Badran is up to 60,000.
1pm: Kiwis climb in early going
Top local players Dan Sing and Mike King have both scored some crucial extra chips in this first level. King moved his short stack into the middle with pocket jacks, but was called by an opponent with pocket sevens. The jacks held and King doubled up, but Sing tripled up in an almost mirror image hand played out on nearby table six.
Bruce Wilkinson limped in pre-flop but Sing moved all-in for 9000 on the button. Anibal Lee called from the big blind but Wilkinson shoved in over the top. Lee made the call and the cards were tabled – Lee with J♠ J♥, Sing 7♥ 7♦ and Wilkinson A♣ K♠. The flop of 3♥ 2♣ 7♣ to give Sing the set, and he was whistling a happy tune when the turn and river bricked out 10♦ 8♣. Sing moved up to 30,000, Lee took a small hit and Wilkinson hit the rail.
12.45pm: Sweet straight for Honeybone
After we visited the penguins a few days ago, we have our very own giant penguin in the room today, local James Honeybone. Having just returned from the US where he caught the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL pre-season action, Honeybone is wearing a Penguins jersey today – the good fortune of the reigning Stanley Cup champs looks like it’s rubbing off after Honeybone just doubled up with A♠ K♦ against the pocket aces of Yasuchika Kayano on a board that out 9♦ 10♥ 8♥ Q♥ J♣.
12.30pm: When the music’s over …
Cards are in the air on day two, with PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Grant Levy slyly slipping into his seat minutes after the order was given to shuffle up and deal. One of the first to hit the rail today was the short-stacked Danny “Brotha D” Leaoasavaii, who made his last stand with A-J against an opponent’s pocket fours. Farewell to the ultra-popular local hip-hop icon and Celebrity Challenge winner, who brought plenty of focus to the tournament over the past few days.