ANZPT Auckland Day 3: A dynamic duodecad

Twelve. It's a symbolic number with many things coming in groups of 12.

12 months in the year.
12 signs of the zodiac.
The 12 days of Christmas.
The 12 apostles.
12 inches in a foot.
A dozen red roses.


Now after two full days of poker in the SKYCITY Auckland Casino, we have ourselves our own group of 12. A dynamic duodecad that have outlasted a field of 213 warriors to reach the final stanza in the ANZPT Auckland Main Event.

It's an interesting mix of players. Brad Stafford is a friendly fellow from the Cook Islands, while Nicolas Oger described himself as the "crazy French guy". Nathan Gubieski, Dean Stevenson and PokerStars qualifier David Lim are representing the Aussies while the rest are locals.

The Kiwis have never let this ANZPT/APPT title slip from home soil with all the previous champions coming from New Zealand. Call it a "home felt advantage" perhaps. Can the remaining seven Kiwis continue that trend today?

The man with the best opportunity is our runaway chip leader Amant Nauhria. He's an Indian native but have been living in New Zealand for the last 12 years (there's that number again), so considers himself a Kiwi through and through.


Nauhria has an enormous chip stack after winning several massive hands late last night. His stack of 1,431,500 is over 175 big blinds deep when play kicks off today, and when you throw in David Lim's seven-figure stack, the two of them have almost 60% of the total chips in play. It's a staggering discrepancy in chips, and if that continues, we might be in for another one of those crazy-fast Kiwi final tables! We can only hope.

Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog for all the stories from the event while the guys at PokerNews cover all of the live blow-by-blow action from the felt. The players have now taken their seats, unbagged their chips and the cards are in the air on Day 3 of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

@PokerStars in Auckland