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APPT Queenstown Day 4: Levels 18-19 (blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)

4:50pm: Ten-minute break

4:35pm: Daniel Laidlaw eliminated in 5th place

Matty Yates opened to 23,500 from the cutoff before Marcel Schreiner three-bet to 59,500 in the small blind. PokerStars qualifier Daniel Laidlaw moved all in for 98,500 from the big blind, forcing Yates out of the way, but Schreiner matched the bet as Laidlaw's tournament was on the line.

Laidlaw: A♣Q♠
Schreiner: 2♥2♣

Laidlaw would need to connect but instead, it was Schreiner who continued his run good as the board ran out 2♠J♠4♦9♥A♠. Schreiner makes a set of ducks to eliminate the last Aussie standing in 5th place for NZ$24,000.

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Daniel Laidlaw eliminated in 5th place

4:25pm: Full flop for Knox

John Waterman opened to 20,000 from under the gun and picked up calls from Carl Knox and Matty Yates in the blinds as the three took a flop of 5♦Q♦Q♠.

All three checked and the turn brought the K♦. Knox led out for 45,000 which forced a fold from Yates but Waterman called before the A♠ completed the board.

Knox bet again for 55,000 and Waterman looked him up with A♦9♠ but Knox had flopped a full house with his 5♥5♣. Knox is up to 385,000 with Waterman back to 355,000.

4:20pm: Knox doubles through Laidlaw

Action folded around to Daniel Laidlaw in the small blind and he decided to move all in, covering his shorter-stacked opponent, Carl Knox in the big blind. Knox had 119,000 behind and decided to make the call with an above-average K♥T♠ to find himself in front of Laidlaw's J♣3♣.

The board ran out K♣2♥J♦T♦6♦ to improve Knox to two pair for a big double up to 243,000 with Laidlaw now on the short stack with 63,000.

4:15pm: Tom Grigg eliminated in 6th place

It was third time unlucky for Tom Grigg as he was unable to survive the barrage of all ins. His final stand came when he pushed all in from the cutoff for his last 35,000 chips holding his "favourite hand" as Marcel Schreiner looked to finish him off with a call in the big blind.

Grigg: 8♦6♥
Schreiner: J♣4♣

It was pretty much over on the flop as the board ran out J♥3♦2♦3♥T♥ to leave Grigg to fall in 6th place for a collect of NZ$19,715 in prize money.

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Tom Grigg eliminated in 6th place

4:10pm: Grigg still alive and kicking

Two double ups in a row has got Tom Grigg back to 37,000 chips as he finds a very feint pulse in this tournament.

First he doubled with T♦5♣ against Daniel Laidlaw's K♣J♠ after making two pair on the turn, before his K♥T♦ survived against the 6♥3♦ of Matty Yates when a king hit the flop.

"Now we'll wait for aces!" laughed Grigg as he's one more double up away from getting himself back into this tournament.

4:00pm: Grigg crippled

"Anyone want to swap percentages?" laughed Tom Grigg after losing a devastating race to leave himself crippled and on the verge of elimination. And it was his old nemesis Marcel Schreiner who did the damage.

Grigg opened to 20,000 from under the gun before Schreiner three-bet to 42,500 on the button. Grigg made it 77,500, Schreiner moved all in and Grigg snap-called.

Grigg: Q♥Q♦
Schreiner: A♥K♠

The board fell 8♠7♣A♠A♣K♥ firmly in favour of the German to double him to 665,00 and leave Grigg with just 4,500 in change.

"It's okay. I've come back from worse!" laughed Grigg.

3:50pm: Schreiner gets value

Carl Knox opened to 22,000 from the hijack position and Marcel Schreiner called in the big blind to take a 3♦7♦K♦ flop.

Action checked through and the turn brought the 4♣. Schreiner led out for 29,000 and Knox called as the T♠ completed the board on the river.

Schreiner fired another bet worth 53,500 with Knox tanking and eventually calling the bet. Schreiner showed K♣Q♦ for top pair which was good as Knox's cards hit the muck. Knox slips to 120,000 with Schreiner back up to 345,000.

3:45pm: Level up, blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000

3:40pm: [ x ] Infinitely infinite

John Waterman has landed a massive double up and, in the words of APPT Media Coordinator Luke Lichtenstein, "His infinite ROI just got more infinite".

Waterman opened to 16,000 from under the gun and Matty Yates called in the big blind to see a flop of 4♠5♣T♥. This is where things got heavy.

Yates checked, Waterman bet 16,000, Yates made it 34,500 but Waterman re-raised to make it 80,000. The dealer was pulling the bets in each time so the flurry of activity that followed was a little tricky to track, but we believe Yates added another 91,000 to the bet and Waterman moved all in. It was an additional 108,000 to Yates and he made a crying call.

Yates: Q♥T♠
Waterman: J♠J♦

Yates had top pair but Waterman has been showing up with the good for four days now and this time was no exception. The 6♥ turn and A♥ river completed the board to land him a big double up to 500,000, leaving Yates with 840,000.

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From freeroll winner to a half million in chips!

3:35pm: Yates with the eights

Tom Grigg and Matty Yates continue to tango and again it was the Kiwi coming out on top. Grigg opened with a raise to 16,000 and Yates called in the cutoff to see a flop of T♠Q♥2♠.

Grigg tossed out 18,500 and Yates called before they both checked down the 9♥ turn and 6♥ river. Yates showed 8♣8♠ and it was good as Grigg mucked.

Yates is up to 1.09 million with Grigg slipping to 325,000.

3:25pm: Xiao Dong Xia eliminated in 7th place

Carl Knox opened with a raise from early position to 16,000 before Xiao Dong Xia moved all in for his last 120,000. Knox made the call and the cards were on their backs!

Knox: A♣Q♥
Xia: 6♦6♠

Both players were close in chips but it was Xia with his tournament on the line as the board ran out 3♦Q♠3♥7♠9♦. Knox found a pair to take the pot and eliminate Xia in 7th place for NZ$16,290 in prize money.

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Xiao Dong Xia eliminated in 7th place

3:20pm: Grigg gives back

The chips have come back home to Matty Yates as he dents the momentum of Aussie Tom Grigg in a recent pot. Daniel Laidlaw started things off with a min-raise to 16,000 from the cutoff. Grigg and Yates called out of the blinds to see a flop of 6♦5♥7♣.

Grigg had already checked dark and Yates tapped the table as well before Laidlaw continuation bet for 28,000. It was back with Grigg and he check-raised to 61,000. Yates cold-called the bet as Laidlaw had seen enough before the A♦ hit the turn.

Grigg released a bet of 44,500 which again Yates called as the 2♦ completed the board. Grigg checked and Yates checked behind, opening 7♠6♠ for two pair. It was good as Grigg tossed his cards into the muck. Grigg slips back to 270,000 as Yates is back in the Millionaire's Club with 1.045 million.

3:10pm: Knox lands a double

Another short stack has found a double up with Carl Knox getting himself back into the game at the expense of China's Xiao Dong Xia.

Knox raised all in from under the gun to 83,000 and Xia made the call on the button. It was a race situation with Knox holding the pair with 5♠5♣ against Xia's A♦K♥.

The board bricked out 3♥T♦2♥9♠7♥ to see Knox double to 182,000 with Xia back down to a short-stacked 115,000.

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Pound that double! Carl Knox is back in the game

3:00pm: Big double for Grigg

Marcel Schreiner opened with a raise to 16,000 from early position before Tom Grigg three-bet to 34,500 on the button. Matty Yates cold four-bet to 89,500 from the small blind to force Schreiner from the hand, but Grigg made the call to see a flop of 8♠4♣T♣.

Yates led out for 99,000 and Grigg moved all in for 110,500 in total. Yates was priced in to call with A♥Q♥ but he was in trouble as Grigg showed A♣A♦.

The turn was the J♣ which was a good card for Yates as he picked up some straight outs, but the river bricked the 5♠. Grigg doubles to 427,500 with Yates at 935,000.

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Pocket aces just in time for Tom Grigg to land a big double up

2:50pm: Hugh Cohen eliminated in 8th place

It took one hand following the break for us to lose our next player as Australian Hugh Cohen has fallen in 8th place. He was pretty unlucky as the incredible run of Matty Yates continues.

With the blinds up to 4,000/8,000/500, Yates opened to 21,500 from the hijack position. Cohen moved all in over the top for another 46,500 from the small blind and Yates made the call.

Yates: A♦Q♦
Cohen: A♥K♥

Cohen was in a dominant position to double up but the board cruelly fell 7♦2♣2♠4♠Q♥. The lady in red appeared on the river to spell in the end of Cohen's run but he'll take home NZ$12,860 for his efforts.

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Hugh Cohen eliminated in 8th place

2:45pm: Play resumes

The players are back following the break with Kiwi Matty Yates in total control.

Approximate chip counts:

Matty Yates (New Zealand) - 1,147,000
Daniel Laidlaw (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 346,000
Marcel Schreiner (Germany) - 220,500
Xiao Dong Xia (New Zealand) - 215,000
John Waterman (New Zealand) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 211,000
Tom Grigg (Australia) - 177,000
Carl Knox (New Zealand) - 99,500
Hugh Cohen (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 73,000

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