With the elimination of Michael "TheBigSiCkO" Guzzardi in tenth place, Day 3 play has come to an end. The local time here in Sydney is 9:30pm, a far shade better than last night's near 2am finish.
The action was fast and furious from the word "go" on Day 3, with two players -- David Lee and Jimmy Wong -- busting out on the very first hand. The ranks continued to thin out as the blind relentlessly increased. No player was ever able to take an overwhelming chip lead, although a few flirted with cruising past the 2,000,000-chip mark. At the end of the night, Antonio Fazzolari found himself with the chip lead, having amassed 1,775,000 chips.
The home team is well-represented at the final table, with seven of the nine seats reserved for Australian players. The other two will be filled by a Canadian and a Pole. The seat assignments and chip counts for the nine who waded their way through this field of 477 to one of the final nine spots are:
Seat 1: Martin Rowe - 995,000
Seat 2: Jason Gray - 1,188,000
Seat 3: Tony Basile - 863,000
Seat 4: Timothy English - 945,000
Seat 5: Daniel Kowalski - 959,000
Seat 6: Frank Saffioti - 790,000
Seat 7: Tom Rafferty - 1,101,000
Seat 8: Antonio Fazzolari - 1,775,000 (chip leader)
Seat 9: Hai Bo Chu - 781,000
Play will resume tomorrow at 1:30pm local time, a change from the 12:30pm starting time we've used each of the last five days. 15:14 remains in Level 22. PokerNews will have table-side access to the final table and will provide live coverage of the final table as it happens, from the first flop to the last river and the crowning of the final APPT Season 2 champion. See you tomorrow!
Over in the High Rollers, play has been slow and steady as players are enjoying the deep stacks as they settle in for a long night ahead. Tony Dunst has made a recent surge to be up to 60,000 chips, with Grant Levy, Jeff Lisandro, John Juanda, Peter Eastgate and Chad Brown all well placed.
Top 5 Chip Counts:
Andrew Pantling - 81,000
Jarrod Botroff - 61,000
Tony Dunst - 60,000
Van Tran - 42,000
Danny Huynh - 42,000
As play wraps up here from the Main Event, we'll have a full update from the High Rollers Event tomorrow as the final five players return to battle it out for the trophy.
The very next hand, Michael Guzzardi was all in from the small blind for 28,000 after Timothy English limped in from the cutoff. Tom Rafferty checked for three-way action.
Rafferty and English checked the hand all the way down on a board of . Rafferty opened at showdown, at which point Guzzardi announced he hadn't yet looked at his cards. He opened the first one -- an ace! . The second was the for two pair, aces and jacks. He's still alive and now has 96,000.
Tim English raised to 52,000 from the button before Michael Guzzardi shoved all in from the big blind. English had 472,000 behind and Guzzardi just had him covered as he decided to make the call for his tournament life.
The board produced to leave Guzzardi crippled with only 28,000 as English catapults to 960,000.
We're on the final table bubble. Five players remain on each of the last two tables. With one more elimination, the final table will be set and play will conclude for the day. Who will it be? The three shortest stacks in the field right now are:
Michael Guzzardi - 500,000
Timothy English - 500,000
Hai Bo Chu - 640,000
Lisa Delellis has put on an excellent display of short stack prowess today, but she has finally been relieved of all of her chips. She moved all in for roughly 200,000 chips over the top of an open-raise from Hai Bo Chu of 53,000. Chu made the call and tabled ; Delellis showed . Neither player caught a piece of the flop, which came down . Thus when Chu made a pair of aces with the turn, Delellis was drawing dead.
Our two chip leaders, Tom Rafferty and Antonio Fazzolari have clashed in a big pot, that has left Fazzolari as a clear chip leader.
Rafferty opened to 48,000 from the cutoff and Fazzolari called on the button. The flop was and Rafferty fired out 70,000. Fazzolari made the call.
The turn was the and Rafferty fired again, this time for 160,000. However Fazzolari announced a raise, making it 360,000 to play. Rafferty thought the better of it and released his hand to stay in the game with 973,000 as Fazzolari is out to a whopping 1.95 million chips.
27 players remain in the field after Bill Jordanou was latest to hit the rail after his pocket jacks ran into pocket queens. Andrew Scott was also a recent elimination after tangling with John Juanda. Andrew Pantling is still the chip leader with about 75,000 chips.
Random Chip Count Update:
Peter Eastgate: 15,000
John Juanda: 44,000
Jeff Lisandro: 33,000
David Steicke: 33,000
Grant Levy: 26,000
Chad Brown: 16,000