ANZPT Perth: Day 1A, level 1 (blinds 50-100)

1.30pm: Welcome to Australia

Credit to our two international PokerStars Qualifiers playing today - Dutchman Onno Zwart and Slovenia's Molan Miroslav. The complaints of the players from Australia's east coast who've made the trek across the Nullarbor Plain won't get much sympathy from this duo, who've journeyed from the European spring to the balmy Perth autumn. As we tick down to the final minutes of the opening level, the day 1A field has ticked up to 82 with more than 100 likely to be in action tomorrow.

1pm: WA versus the rest

ANZPT commissioner Danny McDonagh has announced that both day one flights will comprise a very civilised seven one-hour levels and no dinner break, meaning we'll be wrapped up by just after 8pm.

The unofficial day 1A field is 81, including The Poker Star reality show winner Amanda De Cesare and three players who final-tabled the opening event of the 2010 ANZPT season in Adelaide - champion Rennie Carnevale, Octavian Voegele and Daniel Neilson.


ANZPT Adelaide winner Rennie Carnevale is one of the headlines in today's field

Other notables include APPT Sydney teams event winners Hugh and Julian Cohen, Tim English, Tom Grigg, PokerStars qualifier Lizzie Clarke (partner of Team Australia's Eric Assadourian), Peter Aristidou and Singapore's Ivan Tan. The local contingent features Jeff Lisandro, Jimmy Wong, Jovo Scekic, Matthew Kirk, Nik Lackovic, Nino Marotta and Sean Dunwoodie, a recent arrival to WA.

12.45pm: Lisandro sets field on their way

Western Australia's best known poker player Jeff Lisandro has just issued the order to "shuffle up and deal" for the first ANZPT Perth Main Event.

Many official records list Lisandro as hailing from Salerno, Italy, but Lisandro is a born and bred West Aussie, with most of his family still making their home in Perth.

The four-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2009 WSOP Player of the Year has been in town throughout the duration of the tournament and has been avidly promoting the event and virtues of the city and state.

During the 2010 Aussie Millions, Lisandro joined Joe Hachem as a Legend in the Australian Poker Hall of Fame, recognising his lifelong commitment to the game and excellence as a player.