ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)
7pm: A haven from the heat
After a tight start to the day, the rate of eliminations is starting to pick up as we prepare to tick into the final level of play on day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. On a stinking hot Adelaide evening, many have sought the cool of Adelaide Casino to watch the final stages of play on the opening day of the 2010 ANZPT season.
Andrew Hinrichsen remains the chip leader on 74,000 with the Da Silva twins Bruno (63,000) and Nuno (59,500) along with Peter Aristidou (50,000) close behind. The remaining PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro in today's field, Emad Tahtouh, is in survival mode with just 11,000 in chips.
6.30pm: Putt shut, Spano spent
It's two-up Tuesday here at Adelaide casinos - two lots of twins and now a double elimination involving Australia's Robert Spano and New Zealand poker icon Graeme 'Kiwi G' Putt.
The money was all in pre-flop with Spano the big favourite after tabling K♥ K♣ against Putt's A♣ J♠ and the A♦ K♦ of Australian PokerStars Qualifier Ricky Kroesen. "No ace, no ace," Spano cried repeatedly, turning his back to the table.
The flop came down A♠ 9♠ 4♦ before the 8♠ spiked on the turn, giving Putt the flush draw but he missed when the A♥ fell on the river. Though 'Kiwi G' had made trips, he was outkicked by Kroesen and thus joined Spano on the rail.
6.15pm: Two pair better than one pair
As if it's not rare enough to have twins playing in a poker tournament, we've just discovered that a second set of twins are charging towards day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event.
Hailing from the Queensland capital of Brisbane, 32-year-old twin brothers Bruno and Nuno De Silva have been playing poker for five years, regularly hosting a home game on Tuesday nights with their mates. When they're not playing poker, they're working together running a locksmith business.
Bruno qualified for this event via a $16 rebuy event on PokerStars and after Nuno got the good news, he decided to follow his brother down to Adelaide and buy in directly. They're expecting some of their friends to come on down in the next couple of days for the event - could the ANZPT Adelaide title be heading to Queensland?