ANZPT Queensland: Nines just fine for Neilson; Scott out
Andrew Scott will finish the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT with 40 points - that's 10 points for participating in four of the five events. Sadly, the hopes of a first cash for the 2008 APPT Macau High Roller runner-up have come to an early finish after he became the first player sent to the rail on day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event here at Jupiters on the Gold Coast today.
Sydney's Daniel Neilson, who finished 73rd in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for almost USD $70,000, claimed Scott's scalp when he pushed all-in with 9♠ 9♦. Scott called, and showed 6♥ 4♥ on a board showing 5♠ 7♠ 9♥ J♥. Scott needed help, and it didn't arrive as the K♦ sailed down the river.
A great supporter of both the ANZPT and APPT, we look forward to catching up with Andrew in Macau where he'll be out to go one better in the APPT Macau High Roller at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.
With such a quality field at Jupiters today, big pots were always going to be the order of the day and we just saw one featuring Steve Topakas, Mark Erickson and Omar Al Sharif. We caught the action on a bord showing 2♣ [10c] 7♣. Al Sharif bet 5000, Topakas stepped aside and Erickson called.
The turn was the 4♦ - bet 5000, call. Erickson again bet 5000 on a dangerous river of A♣, with Al Sharif folding. The Queenslander was more than happy to show his K♥ K♠, much to the disgust of Al Sharif. That pot took Erickson to more than 40,000 and a spot behind Neilson on the chip count.
• Landon Blackhall reports from Brisbane that PokerStars Team Australia Pro Grant Levy has been applying the pressure to the rest of his table early on, sending one opponent on tilt after shoving his stack in late position on a flop that read 8♥ 3♠ 7♣, with about 9000 in the pot.
The opponent slammed his cards onto the muck circle, then picked up his jacket and walked out to get some air after Levy rolled over pocket sevens for middle set. He's up to 27,500 in chips.
PokerStars qualifier Andrew Jeffreys is in good spirits after returning from the 2009 WSOP. He picked up the very first pot on table six, raising with pocket queens pre-flop and taking it down. "I'm chip leader," he cheered, causing a ripple of laughter around the table.
Sydney's poker impresario Chris Levick is on the "table of death". He's in seat 10, sitting almost directly opposite WSOP debutante Emma Grace and ANZPT Sydney seventh-place finisher Joel strongplay Dodds, who are in seats five and six respectively.
BTW - we've just heard from ANZPT sergeant-at-arms Danny McDonagh who expects that the prizepool for this event will break AUD $600,000 - a fantastic result given this is the first major event in the state and there's a clash with the Victorian Poker Championships in Melbourne. Looks like big-time tournament poker is here to stay!
Blinds at both venues have just ticked up to level two, 75/150, on the downhill stretch to the day's first break.