ANZPT Queensland: Treasury banks a piece of Aussie poker history
By Landon Blackhall
The PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland event continues with day two here at the historic Conrad Treasury Casino in Brisbane. This event is historic for many reasons, but that does not discount the history of this casino.
The Conrad International Treasury Casino is located inside the former Queensland Treasury building. The Conrad Hotel is located just across Queens Park in the Executive building. Both are heritage-listed buildings.
From the early 1900s until the late 1960s, these two buildings were the hubs for government and public service in the state of Queensland until Jupiters acquired them for the development of the hotel and casino. After a $330 million restoration and construction process, the doors of the Treasury were opened in 1995.
For many Queenslanders, these buildings are symbolic of strength and prosperity as they were constructed during the economic recovery of the early 20th century.
The Treasury adds a new chapter to its history book (which is available to read in every hotel room) and continues to live up the symbolism with its highly successful debut at co-hosting Queensland's first major poker tournament.
• PokerStars Qualifier David Le had a rocky start, but built up his stack back to 56,000 after heavy three-way action pre-flop between him, Nicholas Lee and UK-based PokerStars Qualifier Barry Craig.
Lee held Q♥ Q♣, Le [10h] 9♦ and Craig 5♥ 2♥. The flop of A♠ Q♦ 8♣ brought joy to David and Nicholas - the former now with a chance to make a straight, the latter with a set.
Bang - down comes the J♠ on the turn. The river was a harmless 4♠; Barry Craig didn't look phased as his shot in the dark only put him down to 96,000, but Lee groaned, as he was smashed to 55,500. He would never regroup, going out several hands later.
However it wouldn't be the start of a rush for David Lee: he eventually got his last 20,000 in the middle with A-6, pairing on a flop reading A-Q-x, only to run into the A-Q of PokerStars Qualifier Charlie Gang. The turn blanked before a queen on river - just to rub it in.
Emma Grace has also bowed out, moving all in for the last of her stack holding pocket kings. PokerStars Qualifier Lee Fraser made the call with A♥ Q♦; he gained his chance to improve on the flop of Q♣ 3♠ 4♦ and did so when the A♠ spiked on the turn. A meaningless 8♦ fell on the river and her day was done.
PokerStars Team Australia Pros Tony Hachem and Grant Levy continue their charge; Levy scored a crucial triple up 50,000 when his red jacks held against two opponents, one with A♠ K♠, the other with K♥ 9♥ - the board would stay low all the way.
However, the big story of the day has been the rise and fall of Daniel Jennings. After building his stack to as high as 200,000, he went into freefall, eventually eliminated by the pocket queens of Kieron Olm-Milligan when he moved all in for his last 33,000 with pocket nines. The flop came 8♥ 9♣ Q♥ - set over set - then ran out with repeat sixes.
• The remaining players at Jupiters have now been condensed into four tables for the first time. The 36 remaining players (together with 33 in Brisbane) mean we're just 29 players away from the target set by ANZPT tournament director Danny McDonagh of 40 players.
Julian Cohen has followed brother Hugh to the rail after racing A♠ K♠ against Q♥ Q♠. The nine-high board brought no joy for the young Melburnian.
Emad Tahtouh's day looks back on track after losing a big pot to ANZPT Melbourne runner-up Heath Chick. Firstly, the PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro sent Ricky Kroesen to the rail when his kings held up against the eights of the PokerStars Qualifier.
He then sent another player to the rail when his A♠ Q♠ connected with the flop of A♥ K♥ [10c] against his opponent's pocket fives. The board ran out 7♠ [10d] and Tahtouh was back to more than 50,000.
Fresh from his 73rd-place finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, Sydney's Daniel Neilson has bolted to more than 120,000 after his 4♦ 3♦ caught the flop of 4♠ 3♣ J♠ against his opponent's J♥ 8♣, and he stayed ahead on the turn Q♦ and river 9♥.