ANZPT Queensland: Full house signs set to be posted
The brekky bars in Broadbeach and Brisbane have been working overtime this morning as players fuel up for day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event, the final event in the first year of the tour.
Yesterday, 60 players qualified for day two - 27 in Brisbane and 33 on the Gold Coast. Those players will return to the respective Conrad properties on Friday, with the survivors from Brisbane heading down the Pacific Motorway for the final two days at Jupiters over the weekend.
It's another capacity field at Jupiters where today's field will be headlined by PokerStars.net Team Asia form player Celina Lin, PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee "Final Table" Nelson and ANZPT Adelaide winner Karl Krautschneider.
Others playing today on the Gold Coast include ANZPT Melbourne runner-up Heath "Tassie Devil" Chick, John Caridad (third in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event), popular Melbourne trio Steve "The Big Show" Topakas, Bruno Portaro and Dennis Huntly, 2007 APPT Grand Final fifth-place finisher Jai Kemp and 2008 APPT Macau High Roller runner-up Andrew Scott.
Craig Duffy leads the list of locals playing today, while Sydneysiders Daniel Neilson and Tim Horan will be out to continue their good form after cashing at the 2009 WSOP. Highly rated Kiwis Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt, James Honeybone and Robert Wang are also here in the day 1B field.
• In Brisbane today, Landon Blackhall reports that the major focus will be on Chris Levick (currently in second position on the ANZPT Overall Points Leaderboard), as he continues to keep the pressure turned up on points leader and PokerStars Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem.
Other big names expected to take their seats today at Conrad Treasury PokerStars.net Team Australia pro Grant Levy, online whiz kid Michael TheBiGSiCkO Guzzardi, Andrew Jeffreys, Tim English and John Delassandri, all who qualified via PokerStars.net to take their seats in the tournament.
Ali Khalil has confirmed his start today along with 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event fourth-place finisher Raj Ramakrishnan and Joel strongplay Dodds, who final-tabled in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.
Queensland local Emma Grace has also been spotted - she was doing a photo shoot this morning with local media and is also expected to take to the felt, fresh from her gallant run in the WSOP Main Event.
We've been advised that the field currently stands at 60 players, and there is talk that this flight could be a sell-out. Cards will be in the air soon, and we'll again be playing seven one-hour levels at both venues today, with all players holding a start bank of 20,000. The structure for today's play is:
Level 1: 50/100
Level 2: 75/150
Level 3: 100/200
Level 4: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 5: 150/300 (ante 25)
Level 6: 200/400 (ante 50)
Level 7: 300/600 (ante 75)