ANZPT Queenstown: 60 to go in Friday night flight

For the first time, all remaining players are seated in SKYCITY Casino for the charge to the money and the first ANZPT Queenstown title.

The 28 survivors from today's first session have been joined by 32 players from the second session of the day. The latter session produced far more cautious play but eliminations continued steadily.

With only five tables in the tournament room, the official SKYCITY Queenstown poker table - that's right, one table - has been called into action until at least 10 players have been eliminated.


NZ radio host Darcy Waldegrave is making a great run in just his third live tournament

Casualties included Team Australia pro Grant Levy, who committed all but 100 of his short stack pre-flop with A-Q, but found Australian-based New Zealander William Mauga waiting with A-K. The final 200 went in after the raggy flop, and Levy was out after a typically up and down session.

Mauga was one of the most impressive performers of the session, consolidating his stack from 40,000 to almost 70,000 to hold one of the bigger stacks of the session.

Levy's teammate Emad Tahtouh chipped up early then sidestepped his way around trouble to finish handily placed for this evening's play with 31,000 in chips.

Other impressive performers in the late-afternoon session on day two were PokerStars Sponsored player Ray Sukkar (51,500), David Bradford (70,000) and Julian Cohen - proudly wearing the guernsey of his beloved Australian football team the Melbourne Demons - on 53,600.

John Pye remains the overall chip leader on 135,000 as the remaining 60 players take their seats for this evening's session of play, after a brief dinner break, with the structure:

Level 8: 400/800 (ante 100) - 30 minutes left
Level 9: 500/1000 (ante 100)
Level 10: 600/1200 (ante 200)
Level 11: 800/1600 (ante 200)
Level 12: 1000/2000 (ante 300)
Level 13: 1200/2400 (ante 400)
Level 14: 1500/3000 (ante 500)