ANZPT Queenstown: Dr Who? Tardis owner leads on day 1B
The final drops of rain fell on a wet and woolly Otago day just as players started to leave SKYCITY Casino for the evening after day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event.
The day 1B field of 35 was whittled down to 28 after five one-hour levels, taking the number of players set to return for day two to 46.
Two PokerStars.net Team Australia pros, Grant Levy and Emad Tahtouh, were in action today, and they'll both join fellow Team Australia player Tony Hachem in Friday's field.
Levy finished with 35,800 in chips after an up and down day - it seemed he was in a pot each time we checked on his progress - while Tahtouh's stack received a timely boost late in the day when he took out Danny Joukhader (who only joined the field after the first level) as he finished with to 24,800.
It's been a lean 12 months for Tahtouh since he cashed in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, but the stylish Melbourne pro has passed his first test and is looking for a deep run in the penultimate event on the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT.
The day 1B (and now overall) chip leader is SKYCITY Queenstown qualifier Matty Yates, who finished on 67,050. Yates is one of the partners in a local bar called the Tardis, described as the original Queenstown hip-hop bar. Respect.
David Bradford steadily amassed chips all day and after claiming the scalp of Nick Wright during the final hour, climbed to 64,500 while John Harman made it a Kiwi trifecta at the top of the chip count with 57,475.
Play continues tomorrow from 12.30pm (1.30am GMT) with day 1C. Meanwhile, we're off to find one of those great Queenstown bars with a blazing outdoor fireplace, see you tomorrow.
Day 1B official chip count
Matthew Yates (New Zealand) 67,050
David Bradford (New Zealand) 64,500
John Harman (New Zealand) 57,475
William Mauga (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 40,550
Dhurim Mustafa (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 40,250
Grant Levy (Australia) PokerStars Team Australia 35,800
Mike Marvanek (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 32,075
Daniel Kriston (Australia) 28,200
Tim English (Australia) PokerStars Player 26,150
Daniel Reeves (UK) PokerStars Qualifier 24,900
Emad Tahtouh (Australia) PokerStars Team Australia 24,800
Matthew Hill (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 24,775
Danny Andrews (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 24,500
Sven Ellrich (Germany) PokerStars Player 19,625
Andrew Brown (New Zealand) 18,450
Ray Crow (New Zealand) 18,250
Michael O'Grady (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 18,175
Reg Lowe (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 17,775
John Guthrie (New Zealand) 17,175
Jan Schwarz (Germany) PokerStars Player 16,575
Daniel Chevalier (Australia) 13,150
Andrew Vautier (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 13,100
Anthony Chow (Australia) PokerStars Sponsored Player 11,250
Andrew Capelin (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 10,625
Dane Middlebrook (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 10,100
Tamara Volkoff (Australia) 9525
Jeff Dehaven (USA) PokerStars Qualifier 8600
Roger Robert (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 7050