ANZPT Sydney: sweetens the Sydney pot

Saturday morning in Sydney - the Darling Harbour craft market is packed, yachts are popping up on Sydney Harbour like a disjointed pattern of cheesecake slices and the sun is bright enough to give a hungover poker player a nasty reminder of Friday night's festivities.

Welcome back to Star City Casino in Sydney for day two in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Over the past two days, we've watched the field of 493 reduced to 185, but the serious stuff is yet to come.


Darling Harbour is a favourite with locals and visitors to Sydney

We're still 140 spots away from money and with the blinds about to seriously bite, the action should be fast and furious today. ANZPT big kahuna Danny McDonagh expects that players will face 10 one-hour levels today, which will leave us a fair way short of the final table.

Not only are players starting to think about making the money and going on to take down the AUD $246,500 first prize, has added fabulous value with approximately AUD$85,000 in prizes being awarded to the three players who achieve the highest points at all ANZPT events.

The overall point leaders have the opportunity to become sponsored players. The overall points' champion will win a 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 $50,000.

The overall points runner-up wins an AUD $25,000 sponsorship package while the overall points third place player will be entitled to AUD $10,500 in sponsorship.

ANZPT Adelaide winner Karl Krautschneider currently leads the field, but Mike Stecker (fourth in Adelaide) and Tony Hachem (15th in Adelaide) are still in the hunt here in Sydney and have added incentive to go deep in this event.

Our blog team have made their footy tips, picked a winner or two in the formguide for the local races and stocked up on Aspirin and lozenges for a huge day in the Star City poker room. So join us live from 12.20pm for day 2 of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.

The structure for today's play is:

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)
Level 15: 2000/4000 (ante 500)
Level 16: 3000/6000 (ante 500)
Level 17: 4000/8000 (ante 500)
Level 18: 5000/10,000 (ante 1000)
Level 19: 6000/12,000 (ante 1000)

Top 10 chip counts

Adam Cusenza (Australia) 177,200
Jai Kemp (Australia) 163,300
Joseph Moussa (Australia) 151,900
Johnny Huynh (Australia) 151,500
Ola Jernberg (Sweden, PS Qualifier) 147,200
Xin Zhao (Australia) 138,200
Thorsten Schafer (Australia) 130,800
Joey Lawrence (Australia) 130,000
Viet Nguyen (Australia) 127,100
Yue Wang (Australia) 121,300