ANZPT Queenstown: It's Otago versus the rest
Two more players have hit the rail, leaving just 11 players chasing a spot at the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event final table.
Just as his chip count looked to be heading in the right direction, Sydney's Raj Ramakrishnan found himself in a hand with John Pye, with the money going in pre-flop. Pye's pocket queens took the lead against the pocket eights of Ramakrishnan and, with neither hand improving, the man who reached the final table of the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event was out in 13th.
Australian Poker Stars qualifier Mark Measey picked the wrong spot to make a move, with John Guthrie making the snap call with A♥ K♣ against Measey's [10s] 4♣. An ace in the window of the board that flowed A♦ 9♠ K♠ 3♠ 4d] was enough to send Measey packing in 12th position.
Those chips replenished Guthrie's stack after he lost a 320,000 pot to Glenn Maiden. Guthrie called Maiden's all-in bet on the turn with the board showing 2♥ Q♣ 3♥ 4♥. Maiden showed K♥ [10h] for the turned flush, while Guthrie found himself trailling on a rare occasion, holding K♣ Q♦. The river was the 4♦, and Maiden was up to second outright in chips.
Mark Walker has also doubled through after winning a race with 9♦ 9♣ against Will Mauga's A♣ K♥, with the board running out 5♦ 6♦ Q♠ Q♥ 5♥ to send Walker up to 270,000. Steve Smith also doubled through Will Mauga and holds more than 200,000.
Interesting to note that table one now comprises of five Queenstown locals - John Guthrie, David Bradford, Glenn Maiden, Paul Chisnall and David Bonham. Not bad for a town with a population of just over 10,000!