ANZPT Queenstown: Nelson enters as qualifier exits
Players continue to arrive for a taste of alpine adventure before taking their seats in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event. PokerStars Sponsored player and 2006 Aussie Millions champ Lee "Final Table" Nelson just popped in to check on proceedings.
Nelson (who coincidentally lives in a town called Nelson at the northern end of the South Island) is still the highest profile poker personality in the Land of the Long White Cloud thanks to his appearances on a locally produced version of celebrity poker show Joker Poker.
Just as Nelson arrived, we farewelled the first player of the day, PokerStars qualifier Alexander Estrellado. The Australian-based Indonesian steadily leaked chips until Matthew Yates delivered the killer blow to take his stack above 35,000.
Another player who had a tough time of it in level three was Anthony pkerbl Chow. One of only two Aussies to have won the Sunday Million on PokerStars, he took down the biggest of the Sunday majors in May 2008 for almost USD $200,000.
Chow has just been moved to the seat vacated by Lisa Walsh, who became the second player eliminated today when she committed her remaining chips with two-pair aces and fives, only to find David Bradford holding a higher two-pair (aces and 10s) after the turn.
Walsh has quickly found a spot in the cash game underway, while Bradford is up to more than 40,000 and into the chip lead early in level four (100/200 with an ante of 25). Players will soon be on their final break of the day, after which there'll be one hour of play to go.