Event 19: $2,200 6-handed No Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Players 245
Players Left 245

Next Pay Out

Place 3 58,800 AUD

Level Info

Level 25
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 5,000

Stecker Proves Thorn In Lunardi's Side

Mike Stecker is proving a right royal pain for Kristian Lunardi. Stecker just doubled through Lunardi to cut his lead in half. Stekcer shoved with {A-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and Lunardi called with {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}.

The flop of {j-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{a-Spades} gave both players a piece, but kept Stecker in front. The {3-Diamonds} turn and {Q-Diamonds} river meant that Stecker held up.

He advances to 705,000. Lunardi is down to 1,050,000 in chips.

Daniel Neilson Eliminated in 4th Place ($44,100 AUD)

It took four hours and 53 minutes of four handed play, but finally we're down to three players remaining.

Daniel Neilson would become the player to finally submit, putting Mel Judah's 3am-4am prediction firmly on course.

Neilson open raised to 24,000 and Kristian Lunardi came over the top for 60,000. Neilson shipped in for 610,000 and Lunardi called.

Neilson: {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Lunardi: {A-Clubs}{j-Spades}

The board ran out {2-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} finally breaking the stalemate. Lunardi is up to 1.5 million in chips, as he looks to go on with play from here.

Count It

Kristian Lunardi - 888,000
Leo Margets - 710,000
Daniel Neilson - 612,000
Mike Stecker - 243,000

Lunardi Restrains Neilson

Just when it looked like Daniel Neilson was back in business, Kristian Lunardi has brought him crashing back to earth.

Preflop, Neilson completed the small blind and Lunardi checked his option in the big blind. The flop came {9-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{j-Spades} and Neilson led 30,000. Lunardi came over the top for 75,000 and Neilson moved in. Lunardi made the call.

Lunardi: {a-Spades}{4-Clubs}
Neilson: {4-Spades}{6-Spades}

Neilson was hoping to get there on the flush draw, but it would miss with the turn {k-Diamonds} and river {4-Clubs} moving Lunardi up to 888,000. It drops Neilson back to 612,000.

Don't Call It A Comeback

Daniel Neilson has rushed back into the lead of this tournament.

First he took the lion's share of Mike Stecker's stack.

Neilson opened to 45,000 preflop and took Stecker to the flop. They checked off the {4-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} flop. Neilson fired 60,000 at the turn {9-Spades} and Stecker check-called.

The river was the {10-Hearts} and Neilson upped it to 120,000 with Stecker check-calling again.

Neilson showed him {j-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for trips. This pushed him up to 895,000. Stecker dropped to 243,000.

On one of the next hands he got involved with Kristian Lunardi. Lunardi made it 55,000 to go and Neilson called from the big blind. On the {7-Clubs}{9-Spades}{k-Diamonds} flop. Neilson checked, Lunardi made it 50,000 and the came the check-raise to 125,000.

It would be enough for Neilson to take it down and move up to 1,000,000 in chips.

Chip Counts

Leo Margets - 710,000
Mike Stecker - 650,000
Kristian Lunardi - 600,000
Daniel Neilson - 510,000

Stecker Doubles

After being the most active early on Mike Stecker went back into his shell and dwindled to 319,000.

He recently decided it was time to make a move from 15 big blinds, so he open shoved the button with {A-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}.

He wasn't expecting to run into Kristian Lunardi's {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. But he did.

When the flop came {Q-Spades}{A-Spades}{8-Spades} no one was expecting Stecker to survive. But he did.

The turn was the {7-Clubs} and after the river blanked the {2-Clubs} Stecker moves to 654,000. Lunardi drops to around 600,000 and we have a virtual four way tie, with all of the players sitting around 30 big blinds at the moment.