ANZPT Queenstown: Blinds, bets, blizzards & BBQ

The day two line-up for the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event has almost been decided with less than 90 minutes remaining on day 1D. Players started with 20,000 in chips and have five one-hour levels scheduled:

Level 1: 50/100
Level 2: 75/150
Level 3: 100/200
Level 4: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 5: 150/300 (ante 25)

A total of 38 players took their seats for the final day one flight, and again, it wasn't hard to find quality players spread across the four tables.

Entrants included PokerStars Sponsored Player and Kiwi poker icon Lee "Final Table" Nelson, 2009 Aussie Millions champion Stewart Scott and fourth-place finisher Raj Ramakrishnan, 2008 APPT Macau High Roller runner-up Andrew Scott and NZ celebrities Dan Sing, Brooke Howard-Smith and Mike King.


Dan Sing in action at last night's celebrity event, which was won by Kiwi comic Mike King

The 2009 NZ Poker Champs Main Event winner Soren Eriksen, John Pye, Doug Giles and Robert Wang led the local challenge, while Mark Ericksen, Julius Colman and Daniel Neilson (fresh from his 73rd in the 2009 WSOP Main Event) were also waving the flag for Australia today.

Nelson, King and Mark Ericksen were among the early casualties, while Julius Colman, who finished fourth in the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event behind Gus Hansen and final-tabled the first ANZPT event in Adelaide, holds the biggest stack in the room with more than 80,000 in chips.

Meanwhile, many of the players not in today's field have headed to Coronet Peak for a day's skiing and a barbecue this evening. The weather was very average this morning - Scott of the Antarctica stuff - but cleared up by lunchtime in time for the early afternoon ski lessons.


Coronet Peak in brilliant sunshine, only an hour after a complete whiteout this morning

We'll have plenty of pics and more than a few funny yarns when the players return later this evening. In the meantime, we're counting down to the end of level four and the final break of day 1D.