ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 19 (blinds 5000-10,000, ante 1000)
7pm: A winning pair
Poker tourism is a big element of the ANZPT, and there's no better example of the concept than PokerStars Qualifier Victoria Martinez. After bowing out of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event on day two, Victoria's partner Alistair arrived so the pair could spend the weekend touring the wineries around Adelaide.
They found their way to the stunning Wirra Wirra vineyard in the McLaren Vale district, about an hour's drive south of Adelaide where Alistair popped the big question. The answer: "yes". With some Wirra Wirra product to toast their engagement, the happy couple have just wandered into the Poker Zone to check on the progress of the tournament. Victoria may not be leaving with the title, but she'll never forget her trip to Adelaide for the opening event of the 2010 ANZPT.
6.45pm: Rolfe rolled in 14th
Raemin Alexander is creeping back towards the head of the chip count after claiming the scalp of Matt Rolfe at the midpoint of level 19. Alexander slammed back over the top of Rolfe's bet on the flop of 4♦ Q♥ 3♠ all-in, Rolfe called and showed A♠ [10h] but was behind Alexander's [10s] [10c]. The board ran out 9♠ 2♠ and Rolfe was out in 14th.
6.30pm: Scarf sets the pace
Eliminations have come in fits and spurts all day, and we're back in the doldrums as players carefully pick their way up the pay scale. The remaining 15 players are guaranteed $9020, but all eyes are focussed on the first prize of $165,900 and a swag of ANZPT Player of the Year points.
Andrew Scarf is in the box seat on 570,000 followed by Michael Sellars (435,000), Daniel Neilson (430,000) and Aleks Brkovic (375,000). Both PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros, Tony Hachem (285,000) and Eric Assadourian (220,000) are also still in contention for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide title.