ANZPT Perth: Day 1A, level 2 (blinds 75-150)
2.45pm: Smoke 'em if ya got 'em
Players are just about to take their first break of the day with just the one elimination after the opening two hours of play. It looks to be a Lackovic one-two on the chip count with Nik (41,000) leading from Aleks (28,000). Andrew Jeffreys has carried some strong online form to his live game to hold more than 25,000 while ANZPT Adelaide fifth-place finisher Daniel Neilson has slipped to 15,000. Very early days though.
2.20pm: A table tough as teak
Award for the toughest table of the day goes to table 17, where Rennie Carnevale, Jimmy Wong, Andrew Davis, Hugh Cohen, Jeff Lisandro and Octavian Voegele are intensely engaged. The chips are mostly being shuffled from stack to stack at this stage, but credit to unsung Sanjiv Maniam who has his nose ahead in this pirate's nest of pros.
Word is also through that the day 1A field is about to climb to 83, with the impending arrival of 2009 Aussie Millions $100k Hold'em Challenge champion David Steicke. After visiting family in his hometown of Adelaide, who could blame Steicke for stopping in Perth on the way back to his Hong Kong base. We look forward to his arrival!
1.50pm: David's done inside an hour
David Joseph has earned the unwanted title of first casualty in the ANZPT Perth main Event after a pair of hands against local Nik Lackovic. His stack of 40,000 is now being greedily eyed by fellow West Australian Nino Marotta (who final-tabled the 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event) and 2009 ANZPT Queenstown runner-up Andrew Hinrichsen. And keeping a close eye on his brother's progress is Aleks Lackovic, seated on the adjacent table 15.