ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 3 (blinds 100-200)
3.45pm: Gen Y is coming through
The local poker ranks are in a good state judging from the entry list for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. It's pretty rare to have a local event without the "old guard" strongly represented but there's not an Australian Poker Hall of Famer in sight.
Instead, it's the new generation of players who are putting their stamp on the ANZPT, with the likes of 2007 APPT Macau High Roller champion Eric Assadourian, 2009 APPT Grand Final winner Aaron Benton and emerging talent like Julian and Hugh Cohen, Dean Nyberg and Amanda De Cesare who are taking centre stage today.
3.15pm: Familiar name near the top of the count
PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian is on a flyer having won a couple of big pots before the first break of the day. Assadourian first eliminated an opponent when he flopped quads on a board of Q-2-2-X-X holding pocket twos, then crippled another player when he got his money into the middle on a flop that read 9-6-4 with pocket aces, much to the horror of his adversary who tabled pocket kings! As a result of his rush, Assadourian is now on 56,500 in chips, but Mike Watson is still the man to catch, having reached the 70,000-chip mark after only two levels of today's flight.
3pm: Southern summer beats northern winter
Yesterday it was double trouble with twins, but in today's Day 1B flight, it's the North American invasion, with Americans Tony Dunst and Andrew Lichtenberger, as well as Canada's Mike sirwatts Watson all taking their seats.
The trio flew over together from Melbourne after playing the Aussie Millions - Watson (who won the 2010 Aussie Millions $1000 NLHE event) and Dunst (who runner-up in the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event to Karl Krautschneider) both played in last year's event, but for Lichtenberger, this is his first time in the City of Churches.
"I had a couple of extra days before I flew out, so I thought I'd come here and play some tournaments," Lichtenberger said. "Adelaide is a lot like my hometown; it's very suburban and not too much going on, but I like it here."
Lichtenberger has already built his stack up to 34,500 in chips, having just eliminated Australia's Dean Nyberg after flopping a set holding pocket tens against Nyberg's pocket queens. However Watson has shot up to the top of the chip counts with more than 60,000 in chips after crippling an opponent and then eliminating another opponent when he made a full house with pocket queens on a board of Q-7♠ 9♠ A♠-7 against the opponent's Q♠ J♠.
"It's a lot better than the winter in Toronto," Watson said. "I usually stay down here for a couple of weeks after the Aussie Millions to get some sun and have a bit of fun hanging with friends, but I enjoy playing the tournaments here as well."
• Compiled by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall