The inaugural Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event final table is set
After 11 hours of play today, we have reached our final 9 players.
After taking out Mina Elias on the final hand of play, Adrian Sportelli is our chipleader, with 2,995,000 in chips. Riuyang Wang and Cuong Le are nipping on Sportelli’s heels and it promises to be an exciting day of play tomorrow!
Play kicks off at 11.30 AEST (local) time, and PMA will be here from go to woe to bring you all the action.
Mina Elias eliminated in 10th ($6,406)
Mina Elias shoved his small blind against Adrian Sportelli in the big blind, and Sportelli asked for a count. The bet was a total 770,000. Sportelli tanked for a little while, stating “I want to go home” and “I think I’m going to call” before eventually making the call – only to say “I’m crushed!” When he saw Elias’ hand.
“King!” said Sportelli as the dealer spread the A♠3♥10♦ flop. “Ok… I’ll take a Jack or a Queen? Or that’ll do!” as the dealer peeled the K♥ turn, and then the 9♦ river.
Our final table is set. We’ll be back shortly with finalised chip counts and a chipleader for you all, hold tight!
Sportelli – 2,995,000
Elias – BUSTED!
Dead mans hand
We joined the action on the flop, where Patrick Coffey had checked his action and Jimmy Siu had fired 210,000 on a board of 8♠A♣3♠.
Coffey responded by check raising all in for a total of 845,000. Jimmy Siu tanked, but made the call, and a rail assembled to watch the runout.
Top two pair was good for Coffey and it held throughout the runout as the board completed 9♣7♠
Coffey – 2,000,000
Siu – 350,000
Hand for hand
The Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event is down to just 10 players. We are now playing hand for hand until we have a final 9.
All in pre flop action on Table 10 as Jaisan Patel had John Bertsos at risk.
HOLD! screamed Patel, only to be immediately let down by his fives as the flop spread A♥Q♦4♥. All was not lost, though, as the board completed 3♣ and then 2♣ to give Patel a runner runner straight, sending John Bertsos to the rail as our 11th place finisher.
Patel – 3,050,000
Bertsos – BUSTED!
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Elias finds a double
Mina Elias has been freefalling of late, losing several big pots and being forced to lay down several more.
He took a stand from UTG+2, shoving all in pre flop with J♦9♦. Action folded around to Sam Haddad in the big blind, who thought about it before correctly calling with A♦3♣.
It was Haddad’s flop, but Elias’ board A♥9♠7♦J♠6♣ – the turn card gave him two pair and the win.
Elias – 780,000
Haddad – 2,000,000
Double shot espresso, please
Patrick Coffey was waiting for his turn in the big blind as action folded around the table. John Bertsos opted to pressure Coffey’s short stack, open shoving and forcing Coffey to the ultimate decision.
Luckily, for Coffey, he didn’t have much of a decision.
Bertsos was already counting how much to pay as the flop, turn, and river fell J♠4♥3♦6♠6♦, with Coffey earning a full double up.
Coffey – 1,290,000
Bertsos – 820,000
Chip counts below – We have lost Ricky Kroesen in 12th place on the other table while the Azimai hand was ongoing – he left quickly and quietly!
Azimai pressures Sportelli
Adrian Sportelli bet 425,000 on the river on a board showing Q♣2♥J♦A♦9♥ and action was on Hanna Azimai.
Azimai asked Sportelli if she had him covered, thinking it through for a few minutes before announcing she was all in. Sportelli went deep into the tank and eventually folded Queens face up.
Azimai did not show.
Azimai – 2,675,000
Sportelli – 1,150,000
Level 24: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)
Our remaining 12 players have left on a short 10 minute break. Once again, we’ll be playing down to 9 players today.
No luck Noja
Danielle Noja shoved from middle position and was looked up by Cuong Le in the blinds.
“No King” said Noja, but no luck and no outs as the dealer spread K♠K♦3♣ rendering Noja immediately drawing dead. The board completed 7♥9♦ to officially eliminate Noja in 13th.
Le – 1,210,000
Noja – BUSTED!
Derecho demoted to the rail
Emmanuel Derecho shoved his short stack from the cut-off and Sam Haddad once again snap-called from the big blind.
Derecho flopped one four but couldn’t find another – the board completing 2♣4♥Q♥5♠10♥ to end Derecho’s day in 14th.
Haddad – 2,030,000
Derecho – BUSTED!
The end of Boardman’s rollercoaster
John Boardman has been running it up and then getting crippled more times this weekend than we can count, and the journey is finally at an end. We caught up the action when Boardman was all in and called by Ruiyang Wang preflop. “I’m in trouble here” said Boardman.
He was right, as the superior kicker held through 4♦9♥7♥3♠3♣
Wang – 1,560,000
Boardman – BUSTED!
Alexander the Great vanquished!
We started today with three Alex’s – Lynskey, Vidler, and Hockey. Only one remained, and the self-proclaimed Alexander the Great was recently vanquished by none other than the below Hanna Azimai.
Azimai opened the button to 100k and Vidler jammed from the small blind. Azimai snapped, practically beating Vidler to the middle, as she triumphantly tabled A♥A♦. In a cruel twist of fate, Vidler had the exact two cards Azimai had JUST won with, tabling A♣J♥.
Not even a Jack could save Vidler, as the board completed 2♦2♣J♣4♦3♥, and we lost Vidler in 16th, while Azimai vaulted over the two million mark.
Azimai – 2,005,000
Vidler – BUSTED!
Jack saves Azimai
Hanna Azimai and overnight chipleader Emmanuel Derecho had an all in preflop clash recently. Azimai was all in for her remaining 540,000 covered by Derecho.
Derecho seemed safe on the board of 9♦5♠8♠9♣ as Azimai pleaded for an Ace or a Jack – then J♦ saved the day
Azimai – 1,120,000
Derecho – 670,000
Ace for Elias
We caught the action as both Danielle Noja and Mina Elias had their hands face up, with Elias at risk and behind.
The flop was safe for Noja but disaster on the turn as it ran out 5♥K♦2♠A♥2♥ and Elias spiked his Ace to fully double.
Elias – 1,780,000
Noja – 325,000
Level 23: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)
Robert Damelian open shoved for 560,000 from middle position and action folded round to Sam Haddad in the big blind. Haddad looked at his cards and snap called.
Damelian was flopped nearly dead as Haddad smashed top set on the K♥8♥9♥ flop, and the Q♠ turn sealed it with a meaningless 4♥ completing the board.
Haddad – 1,400,000
Damelian – BUSTED!
Alba Qi eliminated (18th)
Cuong Le opened for 75,000 from the cut-off, and Alba Qi jammed her now-short stack from the small blind. Emmanuel Derecho rejammed from the big blind, and Le got out the way.
Derecho had Qi on the ropes, and the board ran clean 6♦9♠4♣Q♣A♦.
Derecho – 1,425,000
Qi – BUSTED!
A pair of pairs
Graham Cowan raised UTG to 100,000 and action folded to Mina Elias on the button. Elias 3-bet shoved his remaining 380,000 and both blinds got out of the way before Cowan made the call.
The board of 10♣4♠7♥J♣A♥ was completely safe for Elias and he doubled through.
Elias – 835,000
Adrian Sportelli has not returned back from the break and was missing from the big blind. Chris Costanza shoved from middle position and Robert Damelian rejammed from the cut-off, with everyone else getting out of the way.
Another player accidentally flipped Sportelli’s cards whilst passing them to the dealer and they were shown to be K-T.
The board came down K♣10♦2♣4♥9♣ – top top for Damelian enough to eliminate Costanza.
Damelian – 1,045,000
Costanza – BUSTED!
Level 22: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)
Break time – 20 remain
20 players remain and they have headed off on a 30 minute dinner break.
These are the current chip counts and table draws.
Jaisan Patel limped UTG+1 and action folded to Ricky Kroesen. Kroesen raised to 80,000, and was 3-bet by Ehsan Amiri, who shoved from the button for 265,000.
Action folded back around to Kroesen, who made the call with 7♣8♣. Amiri tabled 9♦9♥ and Kroesen acknowledged it with a “Oh. Nice hand!”
Kroesen flopped a flush draw K♣6♣6♦ and it came through for him on the 2♦4♣ runout.
Kroesen – 1,280,000
Amiri – BUSTED!
Amiri turns it
Ehsan Amiri shoved his remaining 62,000 stack in preflop and was called by John Bertsos.
Amiri flopped a straight and flush draw on a flop of 8♥J♠K♠ – “We take those” commented tablemate Bert Perry.
The turn completed the flush draw with the 4♠ and Bertsos wasn’t able to hit his redraw with the Ace as the river peeled a meaningless 2♣
Amiri – 154,000
Level 21: 12,000/24,000 (24,000)
Suraj Kara found himself all in with 4♠4♣ and racing against John Bertsos’ A♥K♠.
Bertsos found help in the window on a K♦8♠7♦ flop and Kara could not catch up as the board completed 8♥6♣.
John Bertsos – 660,000
Suraj Kara – BUSTED!
Alex Lynskey pushed all in from middle position, having being knocked down under average stack. He was called by Danielle Noja in the hijack, and the remaining players got out the way.
Lynskey was dominated and needed help to survive, which did not arrive on the 2♣7♥10♣7♦6♥ board and we have lost Lynskey in 27th place.
Noja – 775,000
Lynskey – BUSTED!
Boardman gets there
John Boardman checked to Alex Lynskey on his immediate left on a flop of 7♥5♦9♣. Lynskey bet 40,000 into the pot of roughly 110,000 and Boardman called.
The turn 8♥ was again checked by Boardman. Lynskey fired a bet of 70,000, which Boardman called.
The river 9♥ was checked by both players, and Boardman immediately threw his hands back, tabling A♥10♥ for the nut flush.
Boardman – 888,000
Lynskey – 560,000
Emmanuel Derecho shoved from the small blind against the short stack of Michel Bouskila, who called quickly.
Derecho flopped a gutshot but couldn’t catch up after Bouskila paired his King, the full runout 2♣6♠4♦K♠10♣
Derecho – 765,000
Bouskila – 252,000
Level 20: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)
Players on break
The remaining 34 players are on a ten minute break. Assorted chipcounts below.
|Ching Hsin Hsu||1,100,000|
Sportelli digs his way out
On a flop of 8♥2♠10♠, Adrian Sportelli checked the action across to Chun Chang, who pushed all in.
Sportelli made the call with top pair, but found himself behind.
The board completed 7♠, giving Sportelli a glimmer of hope as he called for a spade to quite literally dig himself out. The board obliged, ironically the K♠ as Sportelli made a flush to knock out Chang.
Sportelli – 808,000
Chang – BUSTED!
Lynskey applying constant pressure
Mina Elias opened to 37,000 UTG+2 and Lynskey shoved from the small blind. This was no small shove, Lynskey having over a million chips in his stack at this point, covering everyone on the table – maybe even the room.
Mina Elias made the call and turned over his 6♣6♥, finding himself racing against the Q♣10♣ of Lynskey.
The board was all Elias, as Lynskey not only whiffed completely, but Elias hit a set in the window as it ran out 6♦5♥7♠K♠2♥ to double Elias.
Elias and Lynskey got straight back into it though – Elias opened the next hand to 32,000 and Lynskey called on the button. The blinds got out the way and both saw a 8♥8♦K♠ flop. Elias continued for 30,000. Lynskey upped the ante to 80,000 and Elias folded after a short while.
Elias – 526,000
Lynskey – 800,000
Congratulations to all of our remaining players, who have made the money in the Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event.
Simon Pedler is the current short stack, seen here holding his chips.
Level 19: 8,000/16,000 (16,000)
Dean Williams busts in 47th place
Commiserations must go to Dean Williams, who is the bubble of the Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event.
Williams shoved his remaining 61,000 and was looked up by Jarrod Thatcher.
Williams had the best starting hand in Hold’em – but things can change so quickly, and as the dealer spread the flop, the room’s atmosphere changed as Thatcher hit it hard. The 6♦K♥K♦ flop giving Thatcher trips and leaving Williams with just two outs.
The 8♠ turn and 2♥ river changed nothing, and our remaining 46 players have made the money.
Jarrod Thatcher – 390,000
Dean Williams – BUSTED!
Pedler freewheels down the chipcounts
Ching Hsin Hsu and Simon Pedler were all in on Table 10 and when all other hands completed, they tabled their cards in the ultimate cooler.
Hsu’s pocket rockets were immediately rewarded with an Ace in the window on the full board of 2♥J♣A♣7♦8♣.
The stacks were counted, and counted again, and again. Hsu had 419,000 and Pedler 422,000 – meaning Pedler was knocked down to just 3,000 on the bubble.
Hsu – 868,000
Pedler – 3,000
Murray at risk
Alex Lynskey opened to 24,000 from the button and Bert Perry called the small blind. Liam Murray had 6,000 behind after posting the big blind and big blind ante, and reluctantly called.
Both players checked the 3♥8♣2♥ flop, but Perry led out for 18,000 on the 5♠ turn. Lynskey called, and both players checked the J♥.
Perry showed A♣3♣, Lynskey mucked, but Murray joyously flipped the J♦10♣ to scoop the 66,000 side pot.
Murray – 66,000
“I’m not folding if that helps” was heard from Ricky Kroesen, action pending on Simon Pedler in the big blind. Kroesen had opened to 31,000.
Pedler shoved all in shortly later and Kroesen immediately said “How much is it?” to the amusement of everyone. Pedler’s stack was counted down at 378,000, and Kroesen let it go.
Pedler – 425,000
Adrian Sportelli was all in and called by Patrick Coffey during hand for hand. Hands on other tables completed and the hands were revealed.
Sportelli spotted the window card before it was turned over and instantly celebrated, as the dealer spread a flop of J♣4♥9♠. He held through on the completion of 8♦A♥ and doubled.
Sportelli – 480,000
Coffey – 517,000
Hand for hand
Play is currently hand for hand in the Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event. We’ll bring you a host of updates in a moment.
We were called over to Table 10 where a huge hand was developing. Mal Chapman had shoved his remaining 30,000 UTG and Alba Qi had raised to 100,000 from middle position. Ricky Kroesen then rejammed from the button and action was on Ehsan Amiri in the big blind, who appeared to have a decision.
Amiri eventually let it go after a long tank and Qi snap called. The hands were opened and Kroesen was ahead.
The board started clean as it ran 6♥8♥2♦6♠ but the 3♠ on the river caused Chapman to jump for joy as he survives. Kroesen wins the larger side pot though, and his dreams of a home victory very much alive.
Kroesen – 390,000
Qi – 659,000
Chapman – 120,000
Hai says bye to some chips
Hai Vo has been getting in the action lately, having two players all in and at risk. ‘
In the first hand, Chris Costanza was all in for 239,000 with about 90,000 already in the pot on the flop 7♠9♥2♣ and Vo made the call. Costanza tabled 7♣7♥, his set miles ahead of the K♠9♦ of Vo. The Q♥A♦ runout changed nothing and Costanza doubled.
Shortly later, Vo got it in preflop versus Carlos Youssef’s 162,000 stack.
The Kings held all the way for Youssef on on the 3♥9♦7♥J♠8♦ runout and Youssef also doubled.
Meanwhile, James Truong has fallen, blinded out over the course of the day.
Costanza – 568,000
Youssef – 354,000
Vo – 400,000 (approx)
Truong – BUSTED!
Level 18: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Players are on a 20 minute break. 50 players remain, and the bubble is expected to bust in the next stanza with 46 players making the money.
The average stack is 371,500. The short stack is James Truong, who still has not arrived, and currently has 22,000. Truong will be all-in in the next round of blinds, and tournament staff have confirmed his hand would not be live in that situation.
The current chipleader is Alba Qi with 982,000, with Alex Lynskey following behind on 878,000. No player over the million chip mark yet but it certainly won’t be long.
Lynskey takes a chunk
We picked up the action on a board of 5♥K♦A♥4♥, with about 200,000 in the middle already. John Boardman had checked in the cut-off and action was on Alex Lynskey on the button.
Lynskey slid out a bet of 90,000, which was quickly called by Boardman.
The river a fourth heart, the 7♥ and both players checked. Boardman tabled A♦2♦ for top pair, but Lynskey had the best of it with 3♦6♦ for a straight on the river.
Lynskey – 820,000
Boardman – 195,000
On a Wang and a prayer
Ruiyang Wang is getting in the thick of the action, involved in two consecutive all-in-calls over on Table 6.
In the first hand, we caught the action on the flop of 2♦A♦K♠ where Wang had Idris Hassan all in and at risk. Wang tabled K♦10♦ and Hassan A♠9♠. The exact action up to this unknown, but the 3♦ ended it quickly, Wang hitting his flush and eliminating Hassan just shy of the bubble.
In the immediate next hand, Mark Staples shoved his shorter stack and Wang made the call.
Staples flopped a Broadway straight and held all the way through on the board of 10♥K♣Q♠6♣4♦ to double up.
Wang – 150,000
Staples – 159,000
Hassan – BUSTED!
Matt Pilat open shoved from the hijack for 131,000 and after a length tank, Sam Haddad made the call from the big blind.
The assembled rail couldn’t ask for a better flop, as the K♣8♥3♣ gave Pilat top set, but Haddad very much live drawing to the nut flush. The turn and river J♠6♥ were no help, though, and Pilat doubled through.
Pilat – 277,000
Haddad – 450,000
Qi amps up the pressure
We picked up the action on a board showing 9♥6♦Q♠, where Volodymyr Platomenko had bet 29,000. Alba Qi made the call, and Ehsan Amiri got out the way.
The 7♥ dropped on the turn and Platomenko bet again, this time for 47,000. Qi stopped to ponder her options, and then slid out a raise to 130,000. Platomenko tanked for a couple of minutes before letting his cards go.
Qi has been fast approaching the million chip mark.
Qi – 885,000
Platomenko – 290,000
Alex versus Alex
Alex Lynskey, chipleader from Day 1A, opened from the hijack, and Alex Hockey shoved from the small blind.
Lynskey snap called with Q♠Q♣ and was well ahead of the K♦J♥ of Hockey.
The board spread 2♥3♥2♠5♥ giving Hockey a little hope with the heart flush draw, but the 3♠ on the river ended his day.
Lynskey – 715,000
Hockey – BUSTED!
Level 17: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
“I lose all my flips, honestly” lamented Rauran Toye as he left the table. Toye had just 3-bet jammed for 64,000 from the small blind over Daniel Chevalier’s 18,000 UTG open and Chevalier had snap called.
The board completed 4♠5♠4♣3♦Q♥ – a complete miss for Toye, who quickly exited stage right.
Chevalier – 330,000
Toye – BUSTED!
Stephen Geronimos opened to 24,000 from the cut-off (effectively button, with James Truong on the button still not present) and Adrian Sportelli 3-bet shoved from the small blind.
Geronimos made the call, and it was off to the races.
The flop caused a ripple of noise through the immediate area, as both players connected hard on A♦Q♥J♥. Sportelli was unable to boat up on the runout of 2♦6♣ and Geronimos doubled up.
Sportelli – 158,000
Geronimos – 352,000
Calling Mr Truong
One of todays 64 starters has yet to take his seat, with James Truong’s stack now on Table 4 Seat 8 (following his original Table 5 being the first to break) awaiting his arrival.
Truong started the day with 157,000.
Truong – 137,000
Hong Nguyen opened to 20,000 from middle position and Jarrod Thatcher shoved the button. The small blind got out the way but Dean Williams made the call from the big blind, with Hong Nguyen folding behind.
Williams managed to avoid both overcards and the gutshot Broadway on a board of J♠4♣7♥A♥8♦
Williams – 284,000
Thatcher – 101,000
Level 16: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
Shuffle up and deal!
Tournament Director Tim O’Brien has announced shuffle up and deal following the pre-Day 2 entertainment by Velvet Rope Entertainment.
We will be playing 60 minute levels today until we get down to 9 players, setting up our final table for tomorrow.
Payouts have been confirmed as well, with 46 players finishing in the money from 64 starting today.
Welcome back to PokerMedia Australia’s live coverage of the Treasury Brisbane Poker Festival.
Today is Day 2 of the Main Event with 64 players from a starting field of 364 still in the hunt and eying victory. There are plenty of big names among them, including 2018 WSOP November Niner Alex Lynskey, Ehsan Amiri, Michel Bouskila, Ricky Kroesen, Chad Awerbuch, Rauran Toye and many more.
However, the man to catch is Emmanuel Derecho, who bagged a massive stack of 770,000 on Day 1B. The top 42 players will make the money and we will be playing down to our final table today.
Follow PMA’s live coverage at pokermedia.com.au for all the action as it happens!
DAY 2 SEAT DRAW
|Chun Wei Chang||4||3||235000|
|Quoc J Truong||5||6||157000|
|Ching Hsin Hsu||10||7||342000|