ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2, level 12 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 200)

5.45pm: First shout for railbirds

It's beer o'clock here at Adelaide Casino, with the 9-5ers out in force for a night on the tables after a long week in the office. But the remaining 53 players in the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event still have 90 minutes until they clock-off for the day.
Having started the day third in chips overall with 84,500, Australian PokerStars Qualifier

Sam Rotar was crippled down to just 19,500 after being halved by fellow Aussie Mark James. James moved his last 34,900 over the line before the flop with 5♦ 5♣ and found himself flipping for his tournament life against Rotar's A♦ J♠. However Rotar lost the race when the board ran out 3♥ Q♦ 3♣ K♠ 6♦, much to the delight of James who whooped and high-fived his mates on the rail.

Meanwhile day one overall chip leader Roy Hills continues his solid run, moving up to 123,500 after his A♠ J♦ led all the way against the K♦ Q♦ of Graeme Nobbs when the board was spread Q♣ 2♣ A♥ 3♠ 5♥.

Nobbs has been joined on the rail by Australian PokerStars Qualifier Daniel Laidlaw, who moved all in with K♦ Q♠ but was called down by Andrew Scarf's A♦ K♥, which caught a pair on the flop of A♥ 9♦ 5♠ and held as the turn and river came down 5♣ J♣, eliminating Laidlaw.

5.30pm: Moose let loose

The pork-pie hat, glasses resting low on the nose and sartorial wit are the signatures of one Raemin "Jake the Moose" Alexander, who's been one of the big movers on day two of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event.


Raemin Alexander is ideally positioned for a deep run in the first ANZPT event for 2010

Alexander has joined a handful of players holding more than 200,000 in chips, along with Pankaj Gogia (228,000), Sam Haddad (210,000) and Bruno Da Silva (200,000) heading into the final two hours of play.

5.15pm: Hachem crowned on the river ANZPT Player of the Year Tony Hachem is up to almost 100,000 after eliminating Dan Smith. The American youngster moved his short stack over the line with 5♠ 5♦ and found himself flipping for his tournament life against Hachem's A♠ K♦. The flop of Q♦ J♠ 2♥ helped neither player but Hachem caught a few more outs when the 9♥ appeared on the turn, but the river K♥ was enough to take the pot, and Smith, down.

5pm: Hinrichsen eyes top spot

Unusual day here in the Poker Zone at Adelaide Casino, with the rate of eliminations seemingly increasing as the day progresses. With two hours of play remaining, the field has already been slashed from 122 to 56, and we won't be far off the money (27) by the time play wraps-up.

One of the main benefactors of the carnage is 2009 ANZPT Queenstown runner-up Andrew Hinrichsen, who is up to 159,500 after eliminating another player. The opponent moved the last of his money all-in before the flop with A♥ K♦, but Hinrichsen woke up with K♥ K♣. The dealer spread the board of 5♠ 5♣ J♣ 4♣ 3♠, reducing the player count by one.

• Compiled by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall