APPT Auckland: The snow is good down south

By James Potter and Eliot James

The winner of the APPT Auckland SkyCity Festival of Poker Main Event will walk away with $257,000 NZD. The top 32 will get paid which will make 33rd the dreaded bubble to avoid at all costs late tomorrow.

Mark “the Ginger General” Vos caught a plane from Queenstown this morning, where he was doing some Heli-boarding, to come to SkyCity to add another title to his impressive resume. Unfortunately he only lasted a few levels today and he was eliminated when he pushed his last 8k in chips into a 3 way pot with A-K. He ran into another A-K and A-A and a blanked board spelled the end of the flamboyant playboy. He was heard saying as he left the table that he was looking for the next plane back down south as the snow was so good.

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Mark Vos flies south for winter to some of the best ski fields in the world.

Even though we have lost some of the big name players early today some of the others have got off to excellent starts. Team PokerStars Pros Joe Hachem and Lee Nelson are both up to nearly 20k in chips. Grant Levy the 2007 APPT Grand Final Champion is sitting comfortably on a little over 20K and the Doyle Brunson of New Zealand poker, Kiwi G (Graeme Putt), is also a little over 20k.