APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 9 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 9 (blinds 600-1200, ante 200) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.

3pm: Team Pro update

The PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros, Grant Levy and Eric Assadourian, are having mixed days. Levy managed to score a double up early on in the day but he's slowly been bleeding chips and now sits on around 36,000. Assadourian is all smiles, sitting on 110,000 and PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee Nelson is still grinding a stack of 58,000.

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PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian with fellow Sydneysider John Caridad

We also just saw The Poker Star contestant Donna Ciric watching on from the rail and she reported to us that she'd just been eliminated. After moving all in with pocket tens on a flop of J-9-8, but ran into an opponent's Q-10. No chop came and Ciric was cut out.

The winner of the The Poker Star Amanda De Cesare is not faring much better - she's down to just 21,500 in chips despite some of the pressure being lifted when her tablemate and good friend Peter Aristidou got moved.

2.45pm: Book shut on Waterman

Australia's Wayne Carlson has just moved up to 184,000 in chips after eliminating American PokerStars Qualifier and renowned author Dennis Waterman.

Waterman moved all-in with A♠ 8♠ and was favourite against Carlson's Q♣ 8♥ and the flop of 8♦ T♣ 8♣ gave both players trips but kept Waterman ahead with the ace kicker. However Carlson took the lead and stayed there as the turn and river ran out Q♠, 5♠ to give him 185,000 in chips and Waterman his marching orders. Earlier, we had the chance to chat with a couple oi the qualifiers enjoying their APPT Grand Final experience:


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It was then a case of friendly fire between Australians Mark Vos and Alex "Banana Thief" Brkovic as the money went all in on a flop and turn of Q♣ 7♦ J♦ 7♥. Vos tabled 7♠ 6♠ for trips but Brkovic had him crushed, tabling Q♠ Q♦ for the nut boat.

Vos would not catch that miracle one-outer as the river bricked out with the 5♠, "Banana Thief" robbed Australia's favourite redhead and is now on 220,000 while Vos is down to 40,000 in chips.

2.30pm: Experience counts

Australian poker stalwarts Julius Colman and Peter Aristidou have both managed to secure double-ups as we approach the next level of the day. Colman was the first to move up the chip counts, now on 95,000 in chips after his 9♠ 9♣ held up on a board that read J♣ 7♦ Q♦ 8♠ J♦ and eliminated an opponent who had tabled A♠ K♣.

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Originally seated next to his protegee Amanda De Cesare, Peter Aristidou likes his new table assignment

Meanwhile, Aristidou has been moved onto table 25 and scored a double up when he moved all in holding 2♥ 2♣ and made a full-house on a board that was spread T♣ T♥ 2♦ 4♣ 4♦ against an opponent's Q♦ Q♣.

And Australia's Pana Flourentzou has moved on up to more than 160,000 in chips after getting his money into the middle with 7♠ 7♥ but found himself racing against fellow Aussie Tom Hartwig who revealed A♦ K♣, but Fourentzou sent Hartwig to the rail with the board of A♥ 6♦ 7♦ 4♣ A♣ giving him a full-house.

2.15pm: Pijpers tuning up

Another Dutchman, PokerStars Qualifier Roel Pijpers, is also having a good day, eliminating Australian PokerStars Qualifier Sergei Ershov when Pijpers' T♥ T♣ won the flip against Ershov's A♠ K♠ on a board that was spread 3♥ 7♥ 5♣ 5♥ 7♠.

Pijpers' table mate Tom Griggs continues his good run in the tournament - the Australian started today fourth in chips overall but he's now in great shape to add to his APPT Sydney Semi-Shootout Bounty Event victory earlier in the week, now on 191,000 in chips.

2pm: Chan bobs up

We've just managed to catch Hong Kong PokerStars Qualifier Terrence Chan score some much-needed chips after eliminating Australian Robert Bechara. The money was all in the middle preflop with Chan showing 5♠ 5♥ but he found himself flipping for his tournament life against Bechara's A♦ K♥. However Chan spiked a set on the turn when the dealer spread the board of Q♥ 2♠ 9♦ 7♣ 6♠ and Bechara was beat.

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Fresh from his SCOOP success, Terrence Chan is gearing for a deep run in the APPT Grand Final

However we also caught some massive three-way all-in pre-flop action on table 21 between Dutch PokerStars Qualifier Ernst Hermans, who had tabled K♠ K♥ against Australia's Emad Moaref's Q♥ Q♦ and another opponent's J♦ T♦. Moaref was crippled to around 8000 and other opponent was eliminated after the board ran out 6♥ 7♥ K♣ 8♥ J♥ to give Hermans top set and a whopping 152,000 in chips.