ANZPT Queenstown: It's good for the garden

Welcome to day 1B of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event. The brilliant sunshine of yesterday has been replaced by grey skies and rain, but there's barely a bar or restaurant without an open fireplace so a lazy day looks in order for the players not taking their seats today.

For the rest, the cards will soon be in the air for the second of the four day one flights in the SKYCITY Alpine Adventure. A total of 17 players have already qualified for Friday's day two but a bigger field today of at least 36 should ensure that figure more than doubles.

There's another intriguing mix of top regional poker pros, PokerStars qualifiers and a handful of players who've satellited through the SKYCITY Queenstown poker room.

The line-up includes Team Australia pros Grant Levy and Emad Tahtouh, 2006 NZ Poker Championships runner-up Nick Nicolaou, ANZPT Sydney Main Event runner-up Lisa Walsh, Tim English (fifth in the 2009 APPT Grand Final) and Jan Schwarz, editor of the German magazine Poker Blat.

Levy, who endured one of the toughest tables in the room on day two of the 2009 WSOP Main Event, has the ultra-aggressive Walsh on his immediate left - should be interesting.


Back in town: ANZPT Sydney runner-up Lisa Walsh

It's great to see Walsh at another ANZPT event. She was scheduled to line-up in the ANZPT Melbourne event but she was forced to return home to her seriously ill father, who sadly passed away. But the Gold Coast mother of six is back and raring to go here in Queenstown.

Players have 20,000 in their start bank and as was the case yesterday, ANZPT social director Danny McDonagh has scheduled five 60-minute levels today.

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