ANZPT Queensland: No final table, but Nelson ticks another box
Lee Nelson's hopes of adding another major regional title to his long list of achievements have ended with a respectable 15th placing in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event.
This was the first ANZPT cash for the PokerStars Sponsored Player from New Zealand, but that's a rare blip on otherwise stellar tournament record that includes the 2006 Aussie Millions Main Event title (he's also final-tabled more Aussie Millions events than any other player) plus three PokerStars.net APPT in-the-money finishes (tied for the tour high).
He made his way from the Jupiters tournament area after pushing all-in with A♣ 9♥ only for the ascendant Scott Kerr to wake-up with A♥ K♥. The board ran out seven-high, and Nelson made a typically gracious exit ... a book from which some of the more rambunctious players on tour could take a leaf. With his father Stephen watching from the rail, Kerr had charged to 570,000 and within sight of the chip lead.
But not for long ... most of his chips now reside in the stack of Joel Dodds after Kerr bravely ran A♠ Q♦ into Dodds' [10c] [10h] after a fierce pre-flop raising war. The board ran out J♦ 4♣ 3♣ 7♠ J♠, Dodds was up to 600,000 and Kerr fell to 230,000. Just like that.
The list of names near the top of the chip count hasn't changed much today, but that's just changed with Danny Joukhadar taking a big hit to his stack, courtesy of Kiwi PokerStars Qualifier Phillip Willcocks.
In response to Joukhadar's raise from the small blind, Willcocks slammed in his remaining 190,000, with Joukhadar snap-calling. The New Zealander sheepishly showed Q♠ 9♥, which trailled Joukhadar's A♦ K♦. The window card was the 9♦, and that was enough for Willcocks (up to 430,00) to shear a big slice of chips from the Sydneysider, who dropped to 230,000.
Players are just about to take their third break of the day and when they return, blinds will be at 6000/12,000 with an ante of 1000 (level 19), with the chip average at 350,000.