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3.45pm: Jens Walther eliminated in sixth place, NZD $31,560
German PokerStars Qualifier Jens Walther has been added to the ever-growing list of scalps of French PokerStars Qualifier Gerome Guitteau after being eliminated in sixth place for NZD $31,560. The action folded around to Guitteau who insta-shoved with 5♠ 5♣ and Walther moved his last 220,000 into the middle with A♠ Q♥ and it was off to the races.
The flop of 7♦ 6♠ 4♠ kept the Frenchman ahead and added more outs to a straight draw. Needing an ace or a queen to double up, there was no help as the turn and river ran out 9♠, 9♦ to send the German to the rail and Guitteau’s stack close to 2,000,000 in chips.
3.30pm: Assadour Assadourian eliminated in seventh place, NZD $23,670
There’s not a spare seat in the house as spectators have packed the stands to watch on the action continues on the APPT Auckland Main Event final table. Having placed 31st in this event last year, Assadour Assadourian had most of the crowd on his side but has been eliminated in seventh place after a massive pot with four-way action.
French PokerStars Qualifier Gerome Guitteau raised in early position to 52,000, Richard Lancaster made the call from the button and China’s Ke Sijia made up the difference in the small blind, as did Assadourian from the big blind.
The flop came down 7♥ 8♦ J♥; Sijia checked, Assadourian moved all in for around 135,000 but Guitteau re-raised to 500,000. Lancaster folded and Sijia open-mucked A♥ 8♥, leaving the Australian PokerStars Player to fight it out against Guitteau.
Guitteau rolled up 8♣ 7♣ for two pair and Assadourian showed Q♣ J♠ for top pair, but needed a lot of help. The turn of the 2♣ gave him a few more outs and his son, PokerStars Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian called for the deuce, jack or queen.
The river bricked out 4♠ and the crowd gave the last Aussie in the field rapturous applause as he went off to the cage to pocket NZD $23,670; Guitteau is now dominating this final table with 1.7 million in his stack.
3pm: Richard’s riches disappear
New Zealand’s Richard Lancaster is back in the pack, now sitting on 415,000 after being at the wrong end of an aces-versus-kings battle against China’s Ke Sijia in a hand just before the break.
Lancaster raised it up from the button to 45,000 holding K♠ K♦, Sijia re-raised from the small blind to 108,000, Lancaster shoved and Sijia snap-called, rolling up A♠ A♦. The board ran out Q♥ 7♥ 2♣ 8♠ 6♥ to put Sijia back in contention with 1,030,000 in chips.