Live updates from day 3, level 18 (blinds 5000-10,000, ante 1000) 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.
3.30pm: Tight at the top
A brief respite from the carnage on the tournament floor gives us a chance to review the action at the other end of the chip count. There are now four players separated by less than 100,000 in chips – Frenchman Gerome Guitteau (680,000), Shilton Smith (620,000), Jason Brown (610,00) and Michael Shinzaki (600,000).
All have occupied the chip lead at some stage today but have been unable to break clear from the rest of the field. Highlights of recent action have mostly focussed on Assadour Assadourian, the father of PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian.
Shilton Smith has been Assadour’s main target, and after twice doubling through the New Zealander, he was lucky to escape a third beat when they chopped a pot on a board of 4♥ 3♥ 7♥ 2♠ 5♣ – Smith holding A♠ J♣ and Assadourian A♦ A♣.
3.15pm: Swan grounded; Hill flattened
They continue to tumble … another short stack Charlie Swan was quick to get his remaining chips into the middle with 7♠ 7♦, and found a willing caller in fellow PokerStars Qualifier Oleg Epp with A♦ 9♥. The flop hit Epp – 2♥ 3♠ 9♣ – with the board running out Q♦ K♦ to send Swan on his way in 14th.
Next out was Sam Hill, another player who’d nursed a short stack up the pay scale. In three-way action, Hill was all-in pre-flop before Gerome Guitteau and Ben Butcher built a big sidepot. Guitteau’s all-in on the river finally shook off Butcher, and the Frenchman showed Q♦ 10♣ for a flopped full-house on a board of Q♣ 10♦ 10♥ 3♠ 3♣. Hill tabled his J♣ J♦ before heading for the rail.
3pm: Take a breather
Here’s our preview of day three … better watch it quick as the day might be over fairly soon!
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2.45pm: King dethroned
This has the potential to be a very short day, with just five players to be eliminated to decide the final table for the 2009 APPT Auckland Main Event.
Michael Shinzaki continues his climb up the chip count after ending Rob Toleafoa’s tournament. It was the American’s A♣ 10♥ against the New Zealanders A♥ 7♥, with the 10 proving a tiebreaker on a board of 6♥ 2♠ 9♥ A♠ K♣ with betting on every street.
That left the field at 16, and the remaining players were redrawn into two tables of eight. Holding just 15,000, Ray Cook was next to go when his J♦ 3♦ found Ke Sijia waiting with A♦ A♣ – a board of Q♦ 7♦ K♠ 6♥ Q♠ brought no love and the Aussie was out 16th.
Shortly after, Kiwi comedian Mike King was confirmed as the 15th-place finisher after he ran A♦ 3♦ into the pocket sixes of Robert Lancaster. King’s gallant run finally ended on a board that came 10♣ J♥ 5♠ 8♠ J♦ and he was off to the cage for his NZD $8679.