ANZPT Queenstown: Go jump off a bridge

For a country of 4.3 million people, New Zealand has made a surprising number of contributions to popular culture, but arguably the best known is the bungy jump.

The man whose name is indelibly linked to bungy jumping, AJ Hackett, teamed up with fellow speed skier Henry van Asch and with the help of Auckland University scientists, came up with a product they thought could translate to the mass market.

After a very public and successful experiment at the Eiffel Tower in 1987, they were issued a 30-day licence to operate the world's first commercial bungy jump at the Kawarau Bridge, near Queenstown.

After convincing authorities that their product was completely safe, and the public showed that the product had commercial merit. The launch of the Kawarau Bridge Bungy site was hailed as the birth of adventure tourism in New Zealand, with Queenstown the undisputed capital.

But poker tourism could be the new craze in this part of the world after another impressive field signed up for today's second flight of day one in the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event.

Only five players have been eliminated so far today, leaving 31 in contention for a day two berth. David Bradford is the chip leader heading into the final level of the day on 48,000, ahead of US PokerStars qualifier Jeff Dehaven (42,000) and Kiwi Matthew Yates (37,000).


Nick Nicolaou bowed out of contention late on day 1B Team Australia pros Grant Levy (27,000) and Emad Tahtouh (16,000) are well positioned to progress, but Nick Nicolaou's tournament is over after his pocket queens were overtaken on the flop by the A-K of Germany's Sven Ellrich.