ANZPT Perth: Day 1A, level 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

5pm: Just like Steicke

Sometimes, you have to bitch and scratch for every last chip in a pot. Then, there are hands like this. David Steicke has quickly made up for his late arrival after watching the action come raise to 600, re-raise to 2000, re-raise to 6000. Nice time to look down and find pocket aces! The enigmatic Steicke wasted little time pushing it all the way, and led his opponent's A-K to the finish line. Just like that, the Hong Kong-based Australian is up to 48,000.


Here I come: Aleks Lackovic

The friendly but fiercely contested family battle between the Lackovic brothers continues at the other end of the tournament area, where Nik still leads on 95,000 but Aleks has clawed to 85,000. Watching the banter with interest is ANZPT Queenstown runner-up Andrew Hinrichsen, who has quietly amassed a stack of 60,000.

4.30pm: Lights out for The Poker Star

A slow but steady stream of players are gathering their personal items and leaving the tournament area after being eliminated from the ANZPT Perth Main Event.

Recent departures have included The Poker Star winner Amanda De Cesare, Peter Aristidou and Andrew Davis, who won a preliminary event here yesterday. Davis' wife Helen qualified for this event on PokerStars, and will be in action tomorrow.

We're at the halfway point of day 1A with 30 minutes remaining in level four. There are 68 players remaining of the 83 who started, with the chip average at 24,411.

4pm: Off the beaten track

A focus of the 2010 ANZPT is to combine quality poker events with the chance for players to sample the best features of the host city and state. In Adelaide, players had the chance to tour some of South Australia's world famous wineries.

Here in Perth, players have the choice of touring the Pinnacles to the north of Perth or swimming with dolphins in the town of Bunbury, about three hours south of the WA capital.


ANZPT Perth players can take an outback adventure to The Pinnacles

The Martian-esque rock formations known as the Pinnacles are situated about a three-hour drive north of Perth near the coastal town of Cervantes. Regarded as one of Australia's most unique landscapes, these incredible limestone spiers rise eerily out of the sand, some several metres tall.

It's believed the Pinnacles were created millions of years ago as seashells were broken down into sand and then eroded by water and wind. It's possible to get a close up view of the Pinnacles on a scenic drive and walk trail, while enjoying other features of the Nambung National Park.