ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

5pm: Life's good

No local player has enjoyed a richer vein of form over the past 12 months than Aaron Benton. In addition to his stunning victory in last year's APPT Grand Final in Sydney, Benton bagged the biggest online score ever taken down by an Aussie.

But the success hasn't gone to his head - the 32-year-old is as laid back and affable as ever after enjoying the spoils of his success over the past few weeks (including a new car that's been getting quite a workout).


Aaron Benton's debut as a PokerStars Sponsored player has started impressively

Benton achieved another impressive feat in 2009, by satelliting into every event on season three of the PokerStars APPT. That run ended of qualifying online for PokerStars events ended here in Adelaide, but only after he picked up sponsorship for this tournament. After fours of play on day 1B, Benton is cruising on 27,200.

4.45pm: Take five, it's break time

Players are about to take their second break on day 1B of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event, with 15 of the 66 starters having been eliminated in the first four hours of play.

There's been little movement at the head of the chip count with 2008 WPT Bellagio Cup winner Mike Watson leading on 70,000. Close behind are American Daniel Smith (65,000), Aussie PokerStars Qualifier Daniel Laidlaw (57,000) and Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian (54,000).

Today has marked a welcome change in fortune for Assadourian. After a stellar run of results through 2006-2008, the past 18 months have been lean by the Sydneysider's high standards. However, he's hoping that today's strong run marks a turn in form.

4.15pm: Boulos bowlin' 'em over

PokerStars Sponsored Player Amanda De Cesare is having a tough day at the office, having had two sizeable pots taken off her by Adelaide's George Boulos, a 26-year-old service station attendant from the suburb of Prospect.

Boulos first moved up to over 30,500 in chips after De Cesare called him all the way down a board of A-J-2-2-X; De Cesare tabled A-K and Boulos thought she had him beat, announcing he had just king high but revealed K♣ 2♣ - we're pretty sure that trips wins against two pair.


Local contender George Boulos is among the chip leaders midway through day 1B

A short time later, De Cesare and Boulos clashed again; Boulos led out each time after De Cesare checked before him on a board that was spread 6♣ Q♦ J♣ 9♥ A♦. De Cesare looked flustered as she considered her option after Boulos' river bet. "You're killing me," she said before eventually making a crying call. Boulos tabled K♠ [10d] for Broadway and De Cesare mucked, left with just 11,000 in chips.

It's been a great day for Boulos so far and it could prove to be a very big return of investment, having qualified for this event via a $65 satellite at Adelaide Casino. He's now on 45,000 in chips.

• Compiled by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall