ANZPT Queensland: You say Neilson, I say Nelson
The remaining 27 players are having a group hug just outside the tournament area to celebrate their in-the-money finish in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event here at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast.
No hand-for-hand play was required after Daniel Neilson shoved all-in over the top of Lee Nelson's pre-flop raise to 10,000. The PokerStars Sponsored Player called and showed [10d] [10c] while Neilson held K♦ Q♠. Nelson made a set on the flop of A♣ [10s] 4♥, and brick 2♥ and brick 4♦ sent Neilson out in 28th.
In the lead-up to the bubble, Scott "Punty" Smith returned to the chip lead in emphatic fashion in a massive hand against Tom Zhou. Smith shoved all-in on the board of 4♠ 4♥ 2♠ J♠ A♣, with Zhou only making the call after minutes in the tank. But his cards quickly flew into the muck when Smith showed 2♥ 2♣ for a full-house and a pot worth 650,000. That took Zhou down to just 145,000.
There were nice double-ups for Tim Clarke, whose pocket threes improved to a straight against the A-K of Michael Soranson and Serge Mazza, a locally-based Swiss-Frenchman, who used black queens to put a big dent in the stack of US PokerStars Qualifier Corbin White.
Dan Magro had started the day promisingly but his day went to hell in a big pot against Jevon Harvey. It was pocket aces for the PokerStars Qualifier against the red threes of Harvey. The PokerStars Qualifier didn't have to wait long for the agony, with the 3♣ landing in the window. The board ran out J♦ 2♣ Q♣ 6♠, and Magro was out.
The impressively-named Kieron Olm-Milligan was also out close to the bubble when he committed his short stack in great shape with A♥ A♦, and found a willing caller in Tim luckyshades Horan with K♦ K♥. The flop fell 8♠ 8♦ 4♥ but the K♠ on the turn had Olm-Milligan gathering his personals and heading for the rail while Horan was up to more than 250,000.
The remaining players are guaranteed at least AUD $4668.75, but all eyes are on the first prize of AUD $168,075. There's also some added spice in the race for second and third in the overall ANZPT points title. Tony Hachem has first-place locked up, but Chris Levick can be overtaken for second place if Danny Joukhadar (currently among the chip leaders) wins this event. If Joukhadar falls short and Joel Dodds wins, he can sneak into third behind Levick.
And the prizes for the minor placings are mighty impressive. The overall points runner-up wins sponsorship to all Season 2 ANZPT events (worth approximately AUD $25,000) while the overall points third place player wins a combination of Main Event entries and packages to the value of AUD $10,500.