Main Event

Break Time

• Level 23: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The remaining 12 players are on a 10-minute break.

Main Event
Day 2 completed

Final Table Set; Craib Leads

• Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante
Final Table Chip Leader, Fabian Craib (photograhy courtesy of PokerStars blog - Master of the visual arts, Heath Chick)
Final Table Chip Leader, Fabian Craib (photograhy courtesy of PokerStars blog - Master of the visual arts, Heath Chick)

After almost 12 hours of play on Day 2 at the ANZPT Melbourne Repechage Main Event we have reached our final table!

The day started with many skilled and recognizable players taking to the felt and when all was said and done the final nine wouldn’t disappoint with the likes of young Australian stars, Michael Kanaan, Daniel Neilson and Francis Craib all present at the final table.

Going into the final table we have Fabian Craib heading the chip-counts after starting the day amongst the top-ten chip counts, while Michael Kanaan managed to battle his way to a monster stack to just be trailing Craib, after starting the day as one of the smaller stacks.

Also present on the table is Iori Yogo, who by making the final table in this event, has passed Dejan Divkovic as the current leader in the race to be crowned the ANZ Player of the Year for Season 5.

Another player to keep an eye on is Anthony Hachem, son of the great Joe Hachem. After finishing Day 1b with the chip lead, he kept his composure throughout Day 2, and with a large rail following him in the last few hours of the night, didn’t disappoint as he cruised to the final table.

SeatNameChip Count
1Michel Bouskila1,435,000
2Michael Kanaan2,845,000
3Fabian Craib2,900,000
4Tony Kondevski840,000
5Iori Yogo1,405,000
6Anthony Hachem1,320,000
7Ian Thomson1,585,000
8Dean Francis2,085,000
9Daniel Neilson1,285,000

Tomorrow is set to be one exciting final table as a mixture of young pros, international guests and seasoned veterans set to take to the felt and make their way to the victory and the AUD$181,250 that goes with it.

Who is going to battle their way to an ANZPT title? The only way to find out will be to join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team from 12.30 pm local time as a 2013 ANZPT Melbourne Repechage Main Event Champion is crowned!

Allen is the Final Table Bubble!

• Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

The last hand of the night saw Fabian Craib open to 125,000 from the button, with Dave Allen next to act. He thought for a minute before moving all in for 1,100,000 in chips. Craig snap-called and both players tabled their cards.

Craib: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Allen: {K-Spades}{10-Spades}

The board ran out {9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Spades} to see Craib hold with his pocket-queens, as Allen made his way to the cashier, finishing in 10th place, and collecting $10,975 for his efforts.

Be sure to stay tuned as we bring you an end of day wrap as soon as possible.

Thomson Spikes Two-Outer

• Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

Dean Francis opened the action to 125,000 before Ian Thomson announced himself all in from the button. Fabian Craib was next to speak and he didn’t need a count as he quickly called to see Francis scamper out of the way.

Craib: {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}
Thomson: {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}

It looked like we were going to burst the final table bubble in one clean hit but Thomson struck his two-outer on the board of {j-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{3-Spades}. Thomson survives to double to 1.7 million with Craib wondering what might have been as he slips to 1.8 million.

Moran No More

• Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

Shane Moran was looking for a rebate when he three-bet shoved all in from the small blind after Michael Kanaan opened with a button raise. The total was 505,000 and Kanaan decided to make the call with {A-Hearts}{8-Hearts} but found himself dominated by Moran’s {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}.

However the cards were falling Kanaan’s way as the board ran out {2-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} to deliver a flush to eliminate Moran in 11th place for $10,975 in prize money.

With that elimination we’re now on the final table bubble and one more player away from bringing our day to a close.

Kondevski Eliminates Bonadio

• Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

With the big hand between Shane Moran and Michael Kanaan happening on the other table, we missed how all the money got in pre-flop between David Bonadio and Tony Kondevski on the other. When the cards were turned, Bonadio was behind for his tournament life with his {10-Spades}{4-Spades} up against Kondevski’s {a-Diamonds}{K-Spades}.

The board ran out {q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}, to see Bonadio eliminated in 12th place, as Kondevski moved over the one million chip-mark.

Tony Kondevski 1,000,000 380,000
David Bonadio au Busted

Big Hand on the Feature Table

• Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

Shane Moran opened the pot with a bet of 170,000 and was called by Michael Kanaan in the big blind. The flop came down {4-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Spades}, and Kanaan checked. Moran quickly grabbed a stack of 25,000-chips totalling 500,000, and slid them into the middle. The over-bet took Kanaan by surprise, as he went into the tank for several minutes. He eventually decided to move all-in, and was snap-called as both players tabled their cards.

Kanaan: {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Moran: {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}

Kanaan made a great move, and was paid off when the turn and river bricked the {9-Clubs}and {A-Clubs}.

Michael Kanaan au 2,600,000 1,300,000
Shane Moran au 575,000 -1,425,000

Play Resumes

• Level 23: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The players are back. Three more eliminations till we end for the night.