ANZPT Sydney day 1B: Level 7 (300/600, ante 50) & 8 (400/800, ante 75) updates
8.50pm: Nelson nailed on the river
PokerStars.net Team Australia's Lee Nelson has quietly amassed chips throughout the day but just shipped a slab of them to fellow veteran Michael Guttman. The board showed Q-J-6-6 when Nelson bet, Guttman shoved and Nelson called. The 2006 Aussie Millions winner revealed 8-6 for trips while Guttman turned over K-Q for two-pair but a queen on the river gave Guttman a boat to resuscitate his short stack. Nelson is back to approximately 40,000.
8.30pm: Dodds down but not out
Joel Dodds isn't called Strong Play for no reason. His penchant for playing big hands (combined with a healthy dollop of poker smarts) steered the popular Sydneysider to third place in last year's ANZPT Player of the Year race after final tables in Sydney and Queensland. But pocket kings just halved Dodd's stack after an opponent's A-K turned a flush, sending Strong Play's stack back to just 18,000.
8.10pm: River jack has Jarred jumpin'
Star City has been a happy hunting ground for Jarred Graham over the past 18 months. He won back-to-back APPT Sydney High Roller titles in 2008 and 2009, took out the $1500 No Limit Hold'em title at the 2009 Sydney Championships and bubbled the final table in the 2009 APPT Grand Final.
He's struggled for much of today but just received a timely boost to his stack after boldly three-bet shoving with J-2 only to run into A-2. The board fell 4-Q-7-9-J and the youngster known online as flopnutsonyou is up to 28,000 heading into the final hour of play.
7.50pm: Snow storm
Several contestants from Joe Hachem's reality show The Poker Star have put the skills learned on the series to practice in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Sally Snow joined today's field and is showing her runner-up finish in the APPT Sydney Ladies event was no fluke. After running a bluff against Jeff Lisandro earlier in the day, Snow has remained around the chip average and holds 28,000 with the final level of the day looming.
7.30pm: Scalp for Delaney
The pace has certainly picked up since the end of the last break as reality sinks in for the shorter stacks in the room. Ben Delaney has bounded into the top five chip counts on 80,000 after KOing ANZPT Queenstown runner-up Andrew Hinrichsen. Tom Grigg has continued his charge and now holds 65,000 while Scott Kerr's consistent day continues, with the ANZPT Queensland champ in possession of 60,000 in chips.
7.10pm: Two to go
Players have just taken their last break with two hours remaining in the second flight on day one of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event. With no other preliminary events scheduled to start tonight, there's a much more relaxed atmosphere in the Star City Poker Room tonight compared to the buzz 24 hours ago.
But there's no shortage of tension as the remaining 180 players eye a spot in tomorrow's day two field. Current chip leader is PokerStars Qualifier and Sydney local David dave798111 Allan, who holds 85,000 in chips.