ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1 Flight 2 nearly full
Day 1 Flight 2 of Adelaide's ANZPT Main Event has started in a very quiet way. It is as if today's players are the contemplative type as opposed to yesterday's field dominated by local casino satellite qualifiers, 60 in total out of the 104 field.
Scanning the room I can see Tony G, WSOP Bracelet winner Mel Judah, WSOP main event final table player irishman George McKeever, Tim English final table at the APPT Sydney event (Tim qualified on PokerStars for that event AND for this one too), the ubiquitous Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt and the very well performed Tony Dunst. Also Chris Chronis, Sydney boy Sam Khouiss, Melbourne stalwart Sam Youssef and Queenslander Sean Dunwoodie.
Three PokerStars sponsored players have chosen today as their starting day - the delightful Celina Lin has taken her seat as has Tony Hachem and APPT Sydney 2007 champion Grant Levy.
To round out the high profile players Billy "The Croc" has come fashionably late taking a leaf from the Phil Helmuth play book.
To underline my opening comment we are 40 minutes into the first level and still 111 remain in there seats - yesterday 5 had headed for the rail at this stage.
The combined 215 player total must be a great source of pride for the organizers in Adelaide.
The 111 are still in their seats at the 10 minute mark of the second level
Of note is a lady by the name on Mon Kopp. Mon lives in Sydney, Autralia and says she started playing a year ago in the various pubs and clubs in Sydney running free poker tournaments. She created an online account with PokerStars some time ago playing mostly small buyin tournaments and sit-n-gos. She qualified for this event on PokerStars and takes her place in today's field along with other PokerStars satellite players.
There are no great chip moves at the moment also in keeping with today's conservative style.