ANZPT Perth: Day 1B, level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 75)
8pm: Eric cops a hit
A little earlier we mentioned that PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian's day had been a case of "cruise control". Well, it's ended with the cart running off the road after Assadourian lost the bulk of his stack to Michael Vanderhorst. The money went in on the turn on a board showing 9-4-10-9.
Assadourian showed pocket aces, but Vanderhorst pumped his fists as he showed K-9. The river 10 gave Vanderhorst a full-house and left Assadourian with just 24,000 as the announcement was made that there would be eight more hands before the end of play.
7.40pm: Lev's leavin'
It seemed that the top three finishers in last year's ANZPT Player of the Year count would all progress to day two, until Chris Levick committed the last of his chips against Michael Vanderhorst. Levick, who was runner-up in the 2009 ANZPT points race, made his last stand with A-Q and was in with a shot against the pocket kings of Vanderhorst.
But a king on the flop and a king on the river drove a stake through the heart of Levick's hopes of another ANZPT cash. With 25 minutes to play in the final level of the day, 76 of the 139 players who started the day are in line to return tomorrow. The chip average is up to 35,300.
7.20pm: Burswood boys dominating
After such a dominant display on day 1A, it's hardly surprising to see local players near the top of the chip count in the latter stages of day 1B in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event.
Burswood regulars Tu Le (110,000) and Andy Cheng (105,000) lead the field with less than 45 minutes to play, while 2009 ANZPT Player of the Year third-place finisher Joel Dodds (90,000) and Chris minesony Evans (85,000) are waving the flag for the east coast contingent.
It's been a struggle for two of the three remaining PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros, but Grant Levy (33,000) and Tony Hachem (26,000) are well positioned to return tomorrow, while Eric Assadourian remains on cruise control with 60,000.
7pm: International flavour
As we highlighted in the event preview, Perth is the most isolated city on the planet, which makes this statistic all the more pleasing. Of the 222 players in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event, more than 10 per cent have journeyed from abroad to play.
The field includes players from Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain and the USA. Law of averages suggests that at least one of those players will finish in the cash, but we suspect there might be more than one.