APPT8 Auckland Day 1B: Middle child syndrome

Australia and New Zealand have a spirited rivalry no matter what the chosen field of competition. Usually the Aussies like to look upon their neighbours more like a little brother who we can push around a little bit, but sometimes the little brother fights back and can get the upper hand. Just look at the final of the Four Nations Rugby just a few days ago. Or look at yesterday's flight of the APPT Auckland Main Event.

The locals dominated their big brother on the poker felt, with Ben Rendall snatching a massive chip lead as Kiwis filled 18 of the 19 Day 1a survivors.

Will that trend continue today?


We're back in the SKYCITY Auckland Casino for our continued coverage of the APPT Auckland Main Event. Today it's Day 1b. Much like a middle child, it's not quite as exciting as the first, and often forgotten when the next one comes along, but we love it all the same.

A field of close to 90 players have filled the poker room which is a really strong turnout, and puts this event on course to better last year's number of 213 entrants.

There are certainly more online qualifiers today and a couple of international players. Some of those we've spotted in the early stages include Michael Guzzardi, Jackson Zheng, Adrian Attenborough, Ryan Otto, Dan Sing, Ken Demlakian, Minh Nguyen, Japan's ANZ Player of the Year Iori Yogo and last year's ANZPT Auckland champion David Lim.


We'll be playing eight levels again today which will see play wrap up by about 6:45pm this evening. Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog throughout the day for stories on and off the felt, while the PokerNews team bring you the live updates.

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