ANZPT Queensland: That's Zhou he rolls
We're quickly closing on the bubble in a lightning quick start to day three of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. Already nine players have been sent to the rail today, meaning we're just four spots short of the money in the last ANZPT event for 2009.
Lyle Higgs nosed ahead of the field (Tom Zhou has since regained the chip lead) after claiming the first scalp of the day. It was looking good for Shaun Elliott when his K♠ J♥ connected with the flop of 6♣ K♣ 7♦ against Higgs' A♦ 6d]. The turn was a friendly 4♥ but the river was an unfriendly A♣, sending Elliott out in 40th and Higgs to more than 300,000.
Laconic US PokerStars Qualifier Corbin White found himself in action early against fellow PokerStars Qualifier Brent Nichols. It was White's black kings against the A♥ Q♦ of Nichols. The flop of K♦ [10h] A♣ had something for everyone but White stayed in front as the board ran out 9♠ 8♥ to take him to almost 200,000.
Leading lady Linda Tyler was in action early, with her [10s] [10h] up against the overcards of Steven Waters. However, the board of 4♠ 5♠ 7♣ 3♦ 5♦ missed Waters' Q♠ J♣, and Tyler climbed to 170,000.
In quick succession, Jim Doumit was KOed by PokerStars Qualifier Dan Magro before Glen Grice followed moments later. We've also lost Jeremy Norton after his short stack was committed with A♠ 5♦, but increased action between Michael Soranson and Zhicong Wu had the PokerStars Qualifier looking concerned.
Wu showed A♥ 5♥ while Soranson (also all-in) was in good shape with A♦ K♥. And it so it proved as the board fell 2♥ 7♠ [10h] Q♠ 9♦, eliminating Norton, dropping Wu to 130,000 while Soranson was up to 145,000.
The field was reduced to 33 in a massive pot between big stacks Scott Smith, Tom Zhou and Shaun Weston. Smith made it 14,000 pre-flop, Zhou bumped it an extra 28,000 then Weston push all-in for 76,000.
Smith agonised before folding, Zhou snap-called and showed 8♦ 8♣ while Weston was racing with A♠ K♥. The flop of A♦ 8♥ 9♦ hit both players, but Zhou stayed ahead on the turn K♠ and river 4♠. He is again outright chip leader on 390,000, Smith dropped to 270,000 and it's adios to Weston.
And for those with a bent for the bizarre, we just watched Paul Gibson attempt to return the cards with which he'd won the previous hand while the next hand was being dealt, luckily with a different colour deck. The floor was quick to intervene, but Gibson was none too pleased to have the hand exposed. The floor staff are now keeping a close eye on the miscreant.