ANZPT Perth: Day 1B, level 3 (blinds 100-200)
3.40pm: Borg, Billy bow out
Many of the big names are feeling the heat early on day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event. Players to have been sent to the rail so far today include David Borg and Billy "The Croc" Argyros, while 2009 APPT Auckland champ Simon Watt (9000), Julius Colman (8000), Chris Levick (8000) and Jarod Shawcross (5000) are under the pump. Midway through level three, 116 of 139 players remain, with the chip average at almost 23,000. But thanks to a double through Sandy Retallick, PokerStars.net Team Australia's Grant Levy is back to 14,000.
3.20pm: Different strokes
One of the great aspects of poker is that you play the same game whether you're in Perth or Prague. But as Australian players know well, local rules keep them on their toes. Mobile phones users are accustomed to stepping away from the table, but here at Burswood, players need to step completely out of the tournament area to take a call. Another quirk here at Burswood - one that we quite like - is the stacking of chips in the pot. Sure makes it easier to calculate the pot.
3pm: Joel's jumpin'
Players have just returned from their first break of the day to find Joel Dodds comfortably atop the chip count with more than 50,000. His latest injection of chips came after an opponent called a bet of 5200 on a board showing [10c] J♣ 4♥ 2♦ 3♦. Dodds called and showed pocket aces, positioned nicely against pocket kings.
ANZPT commish Danny McDonagh is yet to confirm the total number of entrants (currently at 222) but we're expecting that 24 players will finish in the money. With seven no-shows, there are 124 players remaining of the 139 starters on day 1B.