Live updates from day 2, level 14 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 500) 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.
7.45pm: Brown’s call deliver massive pot
Jason Brown has extended his lead at the head of the chip count in dramatic fashion. Sean Wilson bet all the way on a board that fell J♦ 4♣ 2♦ J♥ 2♥ and was all-in on the river. Brown thought it through, and made a ballsy call – his K♠ 4♠ was good against the K♦ Q♦ of Wilson, taking him to 480,000. Brown leads from Simon Watt (350,000), Jens Walther (320,000), Lance Climo (260,000) and Annibal Lee (240,000).
Dennis Huntly waited, and waited, and waited … finally, the time came for the chips to go in. With A-5 suited, he wasn’t in bad shape until an opponent snap-called and flipped over pocket kings. The affable Aussie is out six short of the money.
7.30pm: Helmut heading in right direction
New Caledonia’s Helmut Waicane just scored a timely double-up through former chip leader Simon Watt, moving all-in on a flop of 2♦ K♦ 10♣ with A♦ 9♣ only to be snap-called by Watt, who held 9♥ 9♠. The K♣ came on the turn but the A♥ spiked on the river to keep Waicane’s tournament alive on 52,000.
Aussie PokerStars Qualifier David Allan has joined the steady trickle of players exiting the tournament area after his Q♥ 9♥ improved to a flush on the river, only to find Jens Walther had rivered a full-house with 10♦ 10♥ on a board showing 10♣ K♥ 3♦ 2♥ 2♦. That took the German to within a sniff of the chip lead on 310,000.
7.15pm: Singin’ the blues
One to update … just as players took an extended break at the end of level 13, there was still action between Michael Shinzaki and New Zealander Dan Sing, who had moved all in over the American’s pre-flop raise for 46,300 total.
Shinzaki went deep into the tank before making the call, tabling 10♥ 10♦ and up for a race against Sing’s A♦ K♠. The Kiwis got behind their man and called for the ace or king to come, but the board of J♣ 9♣ 6♦ 4♥ 8♥ helped no one; Shinzake took the pot down and Sing was sent to the rail – a solid run after finishing fourth here last year.
7pm: Huntly hanging on
The action has slowed to a crawl as the last 45 players battle for a spot in the money. Not the athletic figure of Dennis Huntly – the Aussie stays on course for his first APPT in-the-money finish after scoring a crucial double-up against Helmut Waicane.
Huntly moved his last 24,000 into the middle, Waicane called and it was off to the races; Huntly’s pocket eights ahead of Waicane’s A♥ J♣. “Hold up baby, just one time,” Huntly muttered. The board complied, running out 3♥ K♠ 4♦ 4♥ 3♦ to double him up to 55,000.
After finishing in the cash in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event, Australian PokerStars Qualifier Aaron Golledge has finished agonisingly short of the top 32 after being eliminated by fellow Aussie George Moussa. Golledge moved all-in with 10♥ 10♦, but didn’t improve on a 8♣ K♠ 6♦ 7♠ 8♠ board against Moussa’s Q♥ Q♣.
Earlier today, we caught up with PokerStars.net Team Asia Pro Celina Lin in the wake of her elimination:
Watch APPT Auckland 09 : Day 2-Celina Lin on PokerStars.tv