ANZPT Queenstown: Time to steak a claim on day 2

Thursday night presented a variety of opportunities for players tuning up ahead of day two in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event. Many players and qualifiers had enjoyed a day's skiing at nearby Coronet Peak before others boarded a taxi for the trip up the mountain later in the afternoon where they found ANZPT head chef Danny McDonagh wielding a pair of tongs and cooking up a storm like a Masterchef contestant at the official ANZPT Queenstown barbecue.

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"C'mon Danny, where's the steak?" Emad Tahtouh soaks up some après atmosphere at Coronet Peak

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ANZPT Melbourne champ Chris Levick prepares for his snowboarding lesson at Coronet Peak - no gloves!

PokerStars Team Australia pros Emad Tahtouh (clearly the star performer on the slopes among the pros), Grant Levy and Tony Hachem, along with PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee Nelson mingled with qualifiers, players and their friends while enjoying the stunning vie across the Southern Alps towards Arrowtown and Lake Wanaka.

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PokerStars qualifiers Sven Ellrich and Florian Frohlich ... all the way from Germany

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Chairmen of the board: PokerStars Sunday Million winner Anthony Chow with PokerStars qualifier Damon Lum and their impressive PokerStars snowboard

For those who played through to the end of day 1D, it was out to one of the many eateries in Queenstown although the Botswana Butchery, a magnificent steak restaurant overlooking Lake Wakatipu is quickly becoming a favourite with the card-playing crowd.

But it's back to the serious stuff today as the remaining 91 players target a spot at tomorrow's final table. Players have been split into two groups, with the first taking their seats at 12.10pm, followed by the second at 3pm. The surviving players will then converge for an evening session from 6pm.

Big names in action among the first group of players are Kiwi celebs Brooke Howard-Smith and Dan Sing (albeit with just 2875 in chips), 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event top four finishers Stewart Scott and Raj Ramakrishnan, overall chip leader Julius Colman, day 1C chip leader Andrew Hinrichsen, 2009 NZ Poker Champs Main Event winner Soren Eriksen and a pair of Poker Stars pros - Team Australia's Tony Hachem (the overall ANZPT Points Leader) and Team Asia's Celina Lin, fresh from her latest Red Dragon success in Macau.

Cards will be in the air at approximately 12.10pm, with the structure to follow:

Level 6: 200/400 (ante 50)
Level 7: 300/600 (ante 75)
Level 8: 400/800 (ante 100)
Level 9: 500/1,000 (ante 100)
Level 10: 600/1200 (ante 200)
Level 11: 800/1600 (ante 200)
Level 12: 1000/2000 (ante 300)
Level 13: 1200/2400 (ante 400)
Level 14: 1500/3000 (ante 500)

PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown official top 10 stacks (after day one)

Julius Colman (Australia) PokerStars Player 114,425
Matthew Yates (New Zealand) 67,050
Andrew Hinrichsen (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 65,475
David Bradford (New Zealand) 64,500
Mark Measey (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 58,075
John Harman (New Zealand) 57,475
John Pye (New Zealand) 56,725
Mark Iskander (Australia) 49,725
Julian Cohen (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 45,875
Mark Walker (New Zealand) 45,350