ANZPT Queensland: Top 40 countdown is underway

Yep, you guessed it, mild and sunny again here on Australia's Gold Coast (we could get used to winter here) as our top 40 take their seats in the chase for the final title in the first season of the ANZPT.

After three days of play with the field spread between Conrad Treasury in Brisbane and Conrad Jupiters here in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, the remaining players in the ANZPT Queensland Main Event are now all seated in the Jupiters tournament area.

In the early minutes of play (with 48 minutes remaining in level 14 with blinds at 1500/3000 and an ante of 500), there's an intriguing dynamic in the tournament.
With just four tables in use, many of the players are getting their first sight of their rivals - normally by this stage of the tournament, the remaining players would have played alongside at least of their main rivals.


Scott Smith has his nose ahead coming into ANZPT Queensland day three

Sydneysider Scott Smith brings a narrow chip lead to day three ahead of Tom Zhou with Joel Dodds, Lyle Higgs and Danny Joukhadar completing a very tight list at the top of the count. PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee Nelson (177,800) and 2009 Aussie Millions winner Stewart Scott (145,400) are also well placed for a charge at the ANZPT Queensland title.


Keep your friends close ... Lee Nelson (left) catches up Stewart Scott before the start of play

The structure for today's play is:

Level 17: 4000/8000 (ante 500)
Level 18: 5000/10,000 (ante 1000)
Level 19: 6000/12,000 (ante 1000)
Level 20: 8000/16,000 (ante 2000)
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (ante 2000)
Level 22: 12,000/24,000 (ante 3000)
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (ante 3000)
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (ante 4000)
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 (ante 5000)
Level 26: 40,000/80,000 (ante 5000)
Level 27: 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)
Level 28: 60,000/120,000 (ante 10,000)
Level 29: 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)
Level 30: 100,000/200,000 (ante 30,000)

Official chip at start of day 3

Scott Smith (Australia) 261,800
Tom Zhou (Australia) 260,600
Joel Dodds (Australia) 249,500
Lyle Higgs (Australia) 249,400
Danny Joukhadar (Australia) 237,200
William Mauga (Australia) 197,500
Shoshiro Karita (Australia) PokerStars Player 192,200
Lee Nelson (New Zealand) PokerStars Sponsored Player 177,800
Charlie Gang (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 164,900
Zhicong Wu (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 164,500

Timothy Horan (Australia) 159,700
Jevon Harvey (Australia) 158,900
Stewart Scott (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 145,400
Lee Fraser (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 144,500

Paul Gibson (Australia) 140,900
Tim Clarke (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 139,600
Andy Meldrum (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 122,600
Phillip Willcocks (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 121,800

Julian Cohen (Australia) 121,200
Scott Kerr (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 118,100
Corbin White (United States) PokerStars Qualifier 114,600

Linda Tyler (Australia) 114,000
Kieron Olm-milligan (Australia) 107,800
Shaun Weston (Australia) 102,900
Dan Magro (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 98,700
Serge Mazza (Switzerland) 92,300
Brad Wilson (Australia) 91,100
Brenton Nichols (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 89,500
Daniel Neilson (Australia) 73,200
Adam Ralphe (Australia) 57,000
Glen Grice (Australia) 55,400
Chris McCovert (Australia) 52,700
Michael Soranson (Australia) PokerStars Player 52,000
Jim Doumit (Australia) 51,300
Brett Oliver (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 46,800
Steven Waters (Australia) 42,000
Eric Sclavos (Australia) 41,600
Shaun Elliott (Australia) 33,300
George Conomos (Australia) 23,700
Jeremy Norton (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 13,600

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