ANZPT Sydney day 1B: Level 1 (50/100) & 2 (75/150) updates
The iPhone craze has experienced a slight setback here during this event. MP3 players and iPods are permitted at the tables in the Star City Poker Room, but not iPhones. Popular local Ali Khalil just dropped by to snatch an iPod but baulked once he spotted our playlist. No doubt there'll need to be an iPad ruling in time for APPT Sydney in December.
2.05pm: Seat open, seat filled
The call for alternates continues as the gradual stream of eliminations continues midway through level two on day 1B of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Ben Delaney has claimed a scalp at the feature table to join the chip leaders on 40,000, while Van sirens Marcus is among the first to make a move today. David "Merlin" Gorr and Warwick Mirzikinian have been eliminated.
1.45pm: Karamalikis straightened out
So many players were always going to produce some interesting hands and we just watched a corker featuring Jonathan Karamalikis. After wrapping up the ANZPT Sydney High Roller title last night, the Adelaide-based youngster was quickly into action, calling the "all-in and call" of two rivals on a flop of Q♠ [10c] 8♠. Karamalikis showed A♠ 5♠ for the flush draw, and he needed help against the J-9 of his opponent. The board ran out 8♥ 3♦, sending Karamalikis down to 7000.
1.30pm: Here's cheers
The first alternates have been seated after a handful of eliminations in the opening level. The feature table, set up in the 36 Degrees Bar, is also in use today, with number one ranked Aussie online player Ben Delaney and top Kiwi player Dan Sing among the first under the spotlight. The bar is famed for serving 36 different varieties of vodka. We suspect the boys might be tempted before the day's out.
There's a reasonable argument that makes this one of the best single-day fields ever assembled in Aussie poker history, with notables on almost every table. Amazingly, one has already departed: veteran Sydney pro Martin Comer. His K-J improved to top-pair on the flop but was always in strife against his opponent's pocket queens. Comer's Main Event lasted barely 15 minutes.
1pm: Joe jets out
There was a whisper around that Joe Hachem might be making a surprise appearance in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event due to the disruption of flights from Australia to Europe. But we're assured the Team PokerStars Pro is currently on his way to Monte Carlo for the PokerStars EPT Grand Final, with fingers crossed that the Eyjafjallajokull volcano behaves over the next 24 hours.
12.45pm: Standing room only
There's not a spare in the house as play kicks-off on day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event. The field looks set to be maxed out at 275, which includes alternates. That should take the total field to approximately 440.
The quantity of the field is matched by the quality, with the field including PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros Tony Hachem, Emad Tahtouh, Grant Levy and Lee Nelson, 2009 and 2010 Aussie Millions champs Stewart Scott and Tyron Krost, Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend Jeff Lisandro plus season one ANZPT winners Paren Arzoomanian (Sydney) and Scott Kerr (Queensland).