ANZPT Queensland: Dodds dents Shoshiro's short stack

By Landon Blackhall

Though we are in the in the heart of the Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast, with the whizzing and clunking and trickling of gaming machines and table games operating around the poker area, the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland final table began in more subdued fashion.

After a few media commitments were fulfilled with a photo shoot and introductions of the players by tournament director Martin Coughlan, play got underway just after 12.30pm AEST.

ANZPT Commissioner Danny McDonagh is playing MC today, calling the action for the benefit of the spectators on the rail, which has now built to two- and three-deep. Our UK PokerStars Qualifier Lee Fraser has brought quite a number of those spectators, who have been following his progress since yesterday and are stoked to see their fellow Brit have his moment in the sun.

Sydneysider Scott Kerr has his father Stephen on the rail watching him nervously. Scott "Punty" Smith and Joel strongplay Dodds also have many followers, mostly made up of fellow young online poker players and big name pros, including PokerStars Team Australia pros Eric Assadourian and Grant Levy.

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Short stack v big stack: Shoshiro Karita goes to battle with Joel Dodds

Dodds took down the first pot of the day, then clashed with short-stacked PokerStars Player Shoshiro Karita after four players went to a flop of 7♣ J♥ 4♥. The action was checked around to Karita who made it 50,000 to go from the cut-off, only to see Dodds raise it up to 186,000.

The others got out of the way; Karita went into the tank for five minutes, muttering to himself and Dodds before eventually mucking his hand. With that early action, Dodds has moved up to 1.7 million in chips, while Karita moved down to 160,000.

Blinds have ticked back up to 8000/16,000 with an ante of 2000 (level 20), with no players eliminated in the first hour of play.