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

5pm: The Hills are alive!

Players are placing their coffee orders in preparation for the second break on day 1C of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. Lorenzo Carbone's chip lead has been whittled away in the past hour, with the local player down to less than 44,000.

He's been replaced at the top of the chip count by Roy Hills (62,500) and Alex Givtovsky (59,500) with plenty of other players close behind. There are three more levels remaining before the day two field is decided.


New day 1C chip leader Roy Hills

Carbone could have gone home and let his stack blind out for the rest of the day after getting up to 80,000 before the first break of the day, but his stack was almost halved down to 45,000 after a beat from 25-year-old American bricklayer-turned-poker pro Nicholas Long.

With the money all-in between Long and Carbone on a flop of K♥ 4♥ [10h], Carbone was in great shape to move above the 100,000-chip mark, tabling pocket aces against the A♦ K♣ of Long. The turn of the 9♣ helped neither hand, but Carbone shrieked as if he had been punched hard in the stomach when the K♠ spiked on the river, doubling Long through to around 40,000.

Having travelled all the way from Darwin, 62-year-old Roy Hills could be leaving Adelaide a lot happier in a few days' time, having moved up to 51,000 in chips after cracking an opponent's aces. Hills shoved his money in pre-flop with K♠ K♥ and found himself in huge trouble against the opponent's A♥ A♣, but the dealer spread the board of [10d] 7♦ 9♦ J♦ Q♠, giving him the king-high straight.

However both players didn't see the straight, thinking that the aces had held against the kings, but the tournament director was quick to point out that Hills in fact had the winning hand. Once the opponent realised, he stood up, muttered that he was covered, and walked away. Hills told us that he had received his buy-in for this year's ANZPT Adelaide Main Event as a Christmas present from his wife - now that's a gift worth giving!

4.30pm: Keeping with tradition

As was the case in the first season of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, every player that participates in any event will receive a commemorative cap.

This year however, each cap will feature a symbol of the state or territory that the event is in - this time around, the Adelaide cap features a silhouette of South Australia's state bird, the white-backed piping shrike, or as it's more commonly known, the magpie.


Just the thing for the South Australian sun, an ANZPT Adelaide commemorative cap

The piping shrike is one of nine known species of magpie in Australia and is native to South Australia. Magpies are known for their melodious chirping and aggressive nature during their native season in the spring, and are known to swoop on humans to protect their nest.

The magpie is also the mascot for the Port Adelaide Australian football club, which have dominated the state-based South Australian National Football League (SANFL) competition for more than 140 years, winning 36 premierships, the most in any Australian football competition, including the elite competition, the AFL.

• Compiled by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall