ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 1 (blinds 50-100)
1.15pm: 75, and counting
ANZPT head honcho Danny McDonagh has indicated that players face a maximum of seven and a half one-hour levels today, with a start bank of 20,000. The current tally of entrants for day 1A is at 75. The structure for today's play is:
Level 1: 50/100
Level 2: 75/150
Level 3: 100/200
Level 4: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 5: 150/300 (ante 25)
Level 6: 200/400 (ante 50)
Level 7: 300/600 (ante 75)
Level 8: 400/800 (ante 75)
1pm: Cards are in the air
The players have taken their seats, the order to shuffle up and deal has been given and play is underway in season two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT. Today's line-up features defending ANZPT Adelaide champion Karl Krautschneider has taken his seat today, joining PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Emad Tahtouh, sharing space with 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final third-place finisher Leo Boxell and ANZPT Queenstown runner-up Andrew Hinrichsen.
Ben Barclay, who placed 14th in last year's ANZPT Sydney Main Event, is on table five, along with good mates Tony Paino and Steve "The Big Show" Topakas. Late arrivals for today's flight have included PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Grant Levy, 2010 Aussie Millions $1500 Bounty Event champion Jonathan Karamalikis and Australia's new number one ranked online player Ben Delaney.
12.30pm: Hachem accepts 2009 title
It's been a whirlwind start to the day before a card has been dealt on day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem has just been presented with his trophy for winning the 2009 ANZPT Player of the Year title. The ever-popular Hachem cashed in four of the five season one events, making him a fitting ambassador for the tour heading into season two.
"In season one, PokerStars.net added fabulous value to the ANZPT with almost AUD $100,000 in prizes awarded to the three players who achieved the highest points at all ANZPT events. As overall points champion I'm thrilled to be wearing PokerStars.net in season four of the APPT," Hachem said.
It's also just been announced that Canberra has been added to the 2010 ANZPT calendar, with the $2200 Main Event being held from June 11-14. From 1996 until 2002, the National Championships were played in the nation's capital so it's great news that poker is returning to Canberra Casino later this year.