ANZPT Queenstown: Where would you rather be on a Wednesday?
The skies have cleared and the Queenstown tourist booking agents are working overtime to handle all the inquiries from poker players with an afternoon to spare.
From spa treatments, luge rides, jet boating to tandem parachute jumps, everyone seems to have their plans in place; one of the attractions of Queenstown that has made this event so popular with players, their friends and families.
But for more than 30 players, they'll be planning to spend the next six hours in the tournament area at SKYCITY Casino for day 1C of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event.
Already, 46 players have ensured a spot in Friday's day two field, and that number should increase to more than 70 after today's five one-hour levels with a deep start bank of 20,000:
Level 1: 50/100
Level 2: 75/150
Level 3: 100/200
Level 4: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 5: 150/300 (ante 25)
There might only be four tables in action today, but it isn't hard to find quality, highlighted by a pair of PokerStars pros - Team Australia's Eric Assadourian (winner of the 2007 NZ Poker Championships Main Event and 2007 PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Roller title) and Team Asia's Celina Lin, fresh from her victory in the Red Dragon $HKD 1 million Guarantee Main Event at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau.
Overall ANZPT Point Leader and ANZPT Melbourne winner Chris Levick is also playing today, as are form players Dennis Huntly (current NZ Champs High Roller champion) and Bruno Portaro, who finished fourth in the recent Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event.
We've also spotted Tian Shou, a PokerStars Supernova Elite who finished 95th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event where he underlined his promise as a player of genuine skill and promise.