ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 3 (blinds 100-200)
3.30pm: Size matters
PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Emad Tahtouh just announced that he is chip leader - based purely on quantity. Tahtouh has moved past the 100-chip mark, totalling 15,300. However his tablemate Andrew Hinrichsen is not far behind with 78 chips, but the value is much higher (68,300). This is now a running gag as other players on nearby tables are getting in on their game, exchanging lower denominations to try and take the "lead".
3.15pm: Sporting spotlight shines on SA
Adelaide punches above its weight in many regards, with no better example than the sporting realm. The city was the host venue for the Australian Grand Prix from 1985-1995 until the race was "stolen" by Melbourne. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's first race after coming out of retirement was the Tour Down Under, which winds its way through the Adelaide and surrounding districts.
And barely a stone's throw from Adelaide Casino is the Adelaide Oval, which is widely regarded as one of the world's premier cricket arenas. The ground is hosting a One-day International match today between Australia and West Indies but given a choice, we'd pick the air-conditioned comfort of the Poker Zone over a seat in the outer as the mercury hovers around 35°C.
3pm: Three ladies bring smile to Tahtouh
PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Emad Tahtouh made a rocky start but chipped up in the last hand on his table before the break, eliminating an opponent in the process. The opponent moved all-in with 8♠ 8♣ before the flop, but Tahtouh snap-called with Q♠ Q♣. The dealer produced the 4♥ in the window, then the 8♦ trailed behind before the Q♦ appeared - set over set! The turn and river ran out [10d], K♦, sending the opponent to the rail and gave Tahtouh a much needed boost to his stack. He's now on 14,000 in chips.