ANZPT Gold Coast: Benton Eyes Another Final Table

It was a nervous night for 42 people on the Gold Coast last evening. Some would've slept better than others. But some would've had a restless night as they think of a strategy to avoid being one of the ten casualties on day three of play that will go home with nothing but a story to tell the folks back home.

Welcome back to Jupiters Hotel and Casino for our continued coverage of the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event. It's going to be an exciting, and likely abbreviated, day as our goal is to first burst that pesky bubble and then form our final table of nine. Only 32 players are going to profit so the early stages of play today are sure to provide us with some interesting, and potentially heart-breaking moments.

While the short stacks will be anxiously watching each other like hawks, there are a few big stacks in the room that will no doubt be looking to press their advantage as the bubble approaches. Bubble play is a crucial period for tournament success, and our chip leaders will be doing everything they can to pressure those keen to sneak into the money.

Of course they come no bigger than the stack of Hong Kong's Nick Wong, who lit up the Jupiters Poker Room late yesterday with a lucky river and a massive pot to claim the overnight chip lead with 376,500 in chips. Others in our top five include Nauv Kashyap, day one chip leader Darko Balaban, young gun Liam O'Rourke and PokerStars sponsored Aaron Benton.

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PokerStars sponsored Aaron Benton is looking dangerous as one of our chip leaders entering Day 3

Benton has had a stellar year after his breakthrough live victory at the season-ending APPT Grand Final in Sydney last December. Benton cashed at the ANZPT in Perth, before reaching the final table at the ANZPT Canberra for another $12,000. He then headed over to take on the world at the WSOP before returning to collect a win and a runner-up result in side events at the ANZPT in Queenstown.

His form also extends beyond the ANZPT after collecting a 3rd place finish in a pro-am event last weekend in Sydney worth another $55,000.

Benton will be one to watch early as his big stack and aggressive style will be relentless on the short stacks, as he eyes off another ANZPT final table berth.

Join us as the cards will be in the air at 11:30am local time as the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event continues.