ANZPT Adelaide Day 1a: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

1:00pm: Ten-minute break

12:50pm: The numbers game

It looks like we're going to get over the 100-player mark today which bodes well for the tournament to get close to last year's field of 236 entrants. Of course that event did have a buy-in of $3,000, and this year's event has dropped to $2,400 so that should help to produce a good turnout.

We've also received confirmation that we'll be playing a maximum of eight levels today, which should see us out the door by around 7:30pm local time, just in time for tonight's official Welcome Party!

12:35pm: Huang takes a hit

Bryan Huang is one of Asia's finest players and the reigning Asia Player of the Year, but the Team PokerStars Pro has just taken a hit in the early stages of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event.

He was dragged into the pot from the big blind, after a min-raise from early position by Richard Meuris and a call from the small blind. Huang came along and they saw a flop of 7♠9♦T♥. The small blind led out with a bet of 650 which both opponents called to see the A♠ hit the turn. The small blind tried to set the price at 650 once again, but Huang put in a raise, making it 1,525 to go. This didn't shake anyone, as the Meuris and small blind both called.

The river was the 4♠ and action checked to Huang who bet 2,550. He was quickly called by the Meuris as the third player stepped aside. Huang opened 7♥9♥ for two pair but Meuris got there with his Q♠J♠ draw.

Huang was left with just two chips - both of the 5,000-denomination variety - and has some work ahead of him to make his trip to Adelaide worthwhile.

12:15pm: Life is good for the Dong

Life is pretty good when you're Jonathan Karamalikis. The reigning APPT Sydney champion is off to the perfect start here on Day 1a of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event with the ultimate cooler disposing of an opponent.

It was Karamalikis' A♦A♠ ahead of his unfortunate opponent who held K♦K♣ with all the chips in preflop. It only got better from there for the "Dong" as the board fell A♥6♣4♥7♥8♠. One to the rail as Karamalikis doubles his stack to 40,000.

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Winners are grinners

12:00pm: Level up, blinds 75-150

11:50am: More notables arrive

While it appeared that many of the big names in town were going to play tomorrow, they are slowly dragging themselves into the poker room to play in today's field. A couple more late-comers have included Jarred Graham and Kristian Lunardi.

11:45am: Delaney gets busy

In his usual ultra-aggressive style, Ben Delaney hasn't wasted any time in getting busy on his table. Unfortunately for him, it didn't quite go to plan in a hand against Sean Dunwoodie.

We arrived at the table with the flop reading 6♥4♥2♣. It appeared Delaney's bet of 600 from the small blind, had found a caller in the big blind, before Dunwoodie raised to 2,525 from late position. Delaney responded with a re-raise, making it 6,000 to go to force a fold from the big blind. However Dunwoodie wasn't done just yet as he made the call.

The 6♣ hit the turn and it slowed both players to check before the A♣ completed the board on the river. Delaney checked and Dunwoodie fired out a hefty 8,000 which was good to take it down.

"I get it all in on the flop," chirped Delaney with a wry smile. "I missed."

"Really? I don't believe you!" responded Dunwoodie as he jumped up to 28,000, with Delaney down to 14,000 in the early stages.

11:30am: Better late than never

We anticipated a few late arrivals today and they've created a few shudders for their tablemates as they've taken their seats in today's field. Adelaide boys Ben Delaney and Dean Nyberg have both arrived at the same time and taken their seats on the same table, while one of the country's most promising female players, Jackie Glazier was spotted in the registration queue but has yet to take her seat. Jonathan "xMONSTERxDONGx" Karamalikis has also just sat down on the same table as Elliot Smith, Dennis Huntly and Stewart Scott.

Also joining us a little late is 2010 PokerNetwork.com Player of the Year in Daniel Neilson. Already in 2011, Neilson has continued his impressive form with a couple of deep runs at the Aussie Millions. He's going to have his work cut out for him today though as he's squeezed into the seat in between Rennie Carnevale and Aaron Benton, with Danny Silk and ANZPT Queenstown runner-up Andrew Watson on this table as well.

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Daniel Neilson gets comfy in between Rennie Carnevale (left) and Aaron Benton (right)

11:15am: Who's here?

We have eleven tables in action here in the Poker Zone of the Adelaide Casino, although there are a few spare seats scattered around the room for any latecomers.

Back to defend his title is 2010 Adelaide champ Rennie Carnevale and he finds himself two seats to the right of good mate and 2009 APPT Sydney champion Aaron Benton.

Also in the field are Jesse McKenzie, Tom Wing, Dave Allan, Dennis Huntly, Elliot Smith, Vince Moro, Ricky Kroesen, Matthew Pilat, Daniel Botta, Liam O'Rourke, Fred Chaptini, Sean Dunwoodie, Stewart Scott, Pierre Aoukar, Joe Serock, 2009 ANZPT Adelaide champ Karl Krautschneider and PokerStars Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang fresh off a flight in from Singapore.

11:00am: Shuffle up and deal!

The poker player is a nocturnal beast. Not often spotted in broad daylight, the poker player often scurries from one air-conditioned structure to the next to avoid the slightest of UV rays on their pale skin. The poker player will only venture outside of their natural casino habitat late at night when the city streets are safe from everyday folk.

Unfortunately someone didn't tell the Adelaide Casino crew as the humble poker player has been forced to set their alarm clock for a bright and early start time of 11am. A caffeine hit and the players have stumbled their way into the Adelaide Casino, a little blurry-eyed but very keen to make a big impact here on Day 1a of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event.

Adelaide Casino Poker Room Manager David Galpin has welcomed the players and explained a few of the rules interpretations from this side of the border. The mic was then handed to the reigning ANZPT Adelaide champ Rennie Carnevale who uttered the immortal words, "Shuffle up and deal!"