ANZPT Queenstown: Vote for Milford a sound decision
One of the travel options available to players here for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown main Event is a day trip to Milford Sound, a 15-kilometre long fjord situated about 45 minutes' flight to the west of Queenstown.
With its soaring cliffs, waterfalls tumbling hundreds of feet, snow-capped peaks and stunning rainforests, Milford Sound is recognised as New Zealand's most popular tourist attraction.
Today, it was announced that Milford Sound has been nominated (along with 26 other natural landmarks around the world) to compete for a spot on a list of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Other finalists included the Grand Canyon in the United States, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon rainforest and Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. The competition is similar to that for the seven Man-Made Wonders of the world chosen in 2007.
Judging from the comments of players and their families who've made the flight across the Southern Alps and cruised Milford Sound in the past few days, some more votes will be going the way of the iconic Kiwi tourism destination.
Bruno Portaro is a more fan of the fly-fishing options available around Queenstown, and the popular Melbourne player is now free to drop a line in one of the many local lakes and rivers after he was eliminated - for the second event in-a-row - by Sydney's Mark Iskander.
The final blow came for Portaro when he shoved with pocket sevens against Iskander's A-K, with an ace in the window sending Portaro to the rail, and the bait shop. Not sure about the whitewater rafting though Bruno!
Other players eliminated so far today have included Tian Shou and Sam Faqiryar, leaving Chris Keegan as the early chip leader on 33,000, but few other big stacks have emerged in the first 150 minutes of play.