ANZPT Queenstown: Snow to surf, season finale coming up

Andrew Hinrichsen's charge towards the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event title retains the momentum of an avalanche after claiming the scalp of Steve Smith.

The 21-year-old from Melbourne, who qualified for this event on PokerStars, made a ballsy call on the flop of J♦ 4♦ [10s] with Q♦ 9♦ against the J♠ 9♠ and top-pair of Smith. One of Hinrichsen's many outs landed on the turn - 2♦ - with the irrelevant 6♠ on the river leaving Smith shaking his head as he bowed out in fifth.

Like the charge of John Guthrie yesterday, the momentum appears to be with Hinrichsen as he closes on a remarkable comeback from just 69,000 in chips at the start of the final table to be chip leader with four players left.

Play has considerably tightened up since the elimination of Smith, which gives us the chance to complete some housekeeping before the SKYCITY Alpine Adventure champion is decided.

An NZD $1100 buy-in two-man teams event was played earlier today with Melbourne's Cohen brothers, Hugh and Julian, taking down the title ahead of PokerStars.net Team Australia duo Eric Assadourian and Tony Hachem.

And a satellite is currently underway for the final event in the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT, which will be held at Conrad Jupiters and Conrad Treasury Casinos in Queensland. This will be the first major poker tournament ever held in Queensland.

ANZPT commissioner Danny McDonagh said a unique format had been devised meaning the event will be played at two venues concurrently.

"This is a great opportunity to firmly place Queensland as a new and exciting addition on the Australian poker tournament map. What makes this event even better is that there is no admin fee for ANZPT Queensland. The entire $2500 buy-in per player goes back into the prizepool," McDonagh said.

ANZPT Queensland will be a five-day event held from August 5-9 at both Treasury Casino in the state's capital of Brisbane and Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. The event has a cap of 280 players plus 20 alternates. All players qualifying through to day three will play at Jupiters Casino. Those players who commenced play at Brisbane and make the final table will receive a complimentary night's accommodation at Jupiters Casino Hotel.

Not only will the first ANZPT Queensland champion be decided, the race for the inaugural ANZPT Points title will be decided. The overall points' champion will win a PokerStars.net sponsorship to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT).

Sponsorship includes Main Event entry, accommodation and return economy airfare from an Asia Pacific destination (or equivalent travel allowance if residing outside this area). Sponsorship will apply to all Season 4 APPT Main Events during 2010. Based on the projected number of APPT events in 2010, this prize is valued at approximately AUD $60,000.