ANZPT Adelaide: ... and we're racing

"When routine bites hard and ambitions are low," Joy Division's Ian Curtis has just cautioned the punters who've made an early start to the day in the Grandstand Bar at Adelaide Casino. But in the adjacent Poker Zone, ambitions couldn't be higher for the 37 players who've returned for day three of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event.

After a couple of gloomy days, the sun has returned in time for the weekend and after enjoying the big breakfast at one of the many eateries that dot the Adelaide CBD, we're front and centre for the chase to a spot in the top 27 and, ultimately, the first prize of $165,900.


On the path to Adelaide Casino along the River Torrens

The first bonus points in the race for the 2010 ANZPT Player of the Year title will also be awarded today, with all players already guaranteed 10 participation points for making the trek to Adelaide.

One of the first to arrive today was chip leader Raemin "Jake the Moose" Alexander, who's chasing his biggest live result since finishing runner-up in the $1000 No Limit Hold'em event at the 2009 Aussie Millions.

But there's an impressive line-up of challengers still in contention for the title, highlighted by Team Australia Pros Eric Assadourian and Tony Hachem, who is chasing an amazing fifth cash in six ANZPT events - a record dating back to the inaugural event here in Adelaide last year.

Surrounded by TV screens showing everything from the first at Morphettville to the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Adelaide Casino poker manager David Galpin has just welcomed players to the tournament area and the chips are being removed from the bags. Shuffle up and deal!