ANZPT Queensland: Punty on parade as field reaches 18

The Scott "Punty" Smith show continues as the laid-back Sydney youngster comfortably leads midway through day three of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland.

With the weekend crowd curiously watching the action - not surprising since this is the first major tournament played here at Jupiters - players are taking a breather while they are redrawn into two tables of nine.

Table 9

Seat 1: Brad Wilson 82,000
Seat 2: Shoshiro Karita 160,000
Seat 3: Lee Nelson 295,000
Seat 4: Jevon Harvey 200,000
Seat 5: Eric Sclavos 530,000
Seat 6: Scott Kerr 110,000
Seat 7: Joel Dodds 470,000
Seat 8: Zhicong Wu 270,000
Seat 9: Tim Horan 500,000

Table 10

Seat 1: Lyle Higgs 114,000
Seat 2: Paul Gibson 127,000
Seat 3: Lee Fraser 95,000
Seat 4: Scott Smith 660,000
Seat 5: Danny Joukhadar 436,000
Seat 6: Christopher McCovert 185,000
Seat 7: Phillip Willcocks 310,000
Seat 8: Tim Clarke 120,000
Seat 9: Charlie Gang 150,000

That came after Julian Cohen, who snuck into the field at Jupiters as an alternate on day 1A, pushed all-in with Q♠ J♣ with Eric Sclavos making the call and showing A♣ 9♠. The board ran out 9♥ 4♠ 6♣ 3♥ 7♣, with the pair of nines good enough for Scavlos to send Cohen to the rail in 19th.

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ANZPT Queensland's own zen hen, Eric Scavlos

After starting the day with just 41,000 in chips, Scavlos is now on 540,000 and among the chip leaders. During the most recent break, Scavlos remained seated at his table, deep in thought and contemplation. Serious stuff.

Linda Tyler's gallant run came to an end in 20th place after Lee Fraser took his A-J to battle against the Jupiters satellite winner's K-9. The board came J♠ 9♥ 6♥ A♣ Q♠, ending Tyler's hopes of joining Lisa Walsh and Celina Lin as the only female players to reach an ANZPT final table this season.

Chris McCovert also started the day among the short stacks with 52,000 but is in good shape after KOing Brisbane's Will Mauga in 21st place. PokerStars Qualifier Phillip Willcocks called the all-ins of both McCovert (100,000) and Mauga (75,000).

Willcocks showed 7♥ 7♣, Mauga held A♠ Q♠ and McCovert revealed A♥ K♣. The board ran out J♦ 8♠ 6♣ 3♣ A♣, eliminating Mauga, almost tripling McCovert to 290,000 and dropping Willcocks to 210,000. Mauga celebrated successive ANZPT cashes after he finished eighth in the ANZPT Queenstown Alpine Adventure just a fortnight ago.

We're in the early stages of level 18 (5000/10,000 with an ante of 1000) while the chip average is just under 290,000.