ANZPT Sydney day 1B: Level 3 (100/200) & 4 (100/200, ante 25) updates
4.30pm: Better late than never
ANZPT commissioner Danny McDonagh has just announced two more entries for the Main Event, almost four hours after the commencement of play. That takes the day 1B field to 283 and the total field to 447.
4.10pm: Typhoon Tyron
Tyron Krost is one of the most unassuming young guys you could ever meet - quietly spoken, slightly self-depreciating and clearly uncomfortable with the fame that resulted from his victory in the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event.
So much for staying under the radar - Krost is the new chip leader after knocking over another small stack. On a flop of J-3-2, Krost called an opponent's all-in with pocket queens, and was well positioned against pocket 10s. The board out 6-K, and Krost improved his stack to almost 70,000.
3.50pm: Tahtouh is tops
It hasn't been uncommon to see Emad Tahtouh near the top of the chip count on the opening day of ANZPT events but the Melbourne-based PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro is yet to cash on his national tour.
Tahtouh has continued the pattern in Sydney after the 2006 EPT London runner-up turned a flush against an opponent's pair of kings after the money went in after the flop. He's up to 65,000 and into the outright chip lead. Let this be the one Emad.
3.30pm: Swift start for Scott
Scott Kerr came like a bolt from the blue to win last year's ANZPT season finale in Queensland. Spotted only occasionally since, Kerr has returned to the ANZPT with a bang to be the chip leader after the first 90 minutes of play, holding 55,000. The former Star City dealer has stolen an early march on players like Ben Delaney (45,000), 2008 APPT Manila winner Van Marcus (40,000) and PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Emad Tahtouh (35,000).
3.10pm: Kings dethroned
Jonathan Karamalikis' hopes of adding the ANZPT Sydney Main Event title to the High Rollers crown he captured last night have ended. Karamalikis called an opponent's all-in on a board showing 2♥ 6♥ 5♣ [10h], showing pocket kings. But his opponent revealed K♥ J♥ for the turned flush, leaving Karamalikis drawing dead. Paren Arzoomanian's dreams of a repeat victory in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event have also been dashed after another players rivered a set of jacks against Puzz's pocket kings.
2.50pm: Team still together
The four PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros have enjoyed a drama-free start to day 1B. Reigning ANZPT Player of the Year Tony Hachem is out to continue his unprecedented run of six cashes in seven ANZPT events, and has started strongly to be on 30,000 at the first break. Emad Tahtouh continues his pattern of impressive starts in ANZPT tournaments to hold 41,000 while Lee Nelson and Grant Levy are hovering around the chip average of 22,000.