APPT8 Auckland Day 2: The numbers game
Eighty. Twenty-four. Nine. One.
Those are the landmark numbers ahead of us at the APPT Auckland Main Event, and as we start Day 2 of play, we can already tick the first number off the list.
Eighty - that's how many players are returning to the SKYCITY Auckland Casino today to continue their journey towards fame and fortune. They've already done well to survive the first day of play, but the pressure will only intensify as the tournament continues.
Twenty-four - it's a carton of Steinlager and it's also the number of players who will leave Auckland with a profit this week. A min-cash is worth NZ$4,550 which is a nice chunk of change. There will be some nervous moments as the bubble approaches but we probably won't hit that point until later in the day. Stay tuned for that one!
Nine - only nine will make it onto the official APPT final table to reach a guaranteed five-figure pay day. The aim was to reach that point today, but APPT President Danny McDonagh has already announced that we'll only be playing ten levels today and predicted we'll get to the final thirteen players which will be just short of the final table. That will leave another longer day for us tomorrow.
One - there can only be one champion and they will take away the APPT Auckland title, the trophy and NZ$132,000 in cold, hard cash!
There are plenty of other stories that we'll be keeping an eye on during the day.
Can the Kiwis continue their dominance with locals Mehrdad Razmi, Ben Rendall and Terangi Matenga starting the day with the biggest stacks in the room?
With both Edison Nguyen and Sal Fazzino eliminated on day one, can one of the other contenders rise up to claim the 2014 ANZ Player of the Year?
Can defending champion David Lim go back-to-back? Will the father-son combination of Luke and Robert Spano make a deep run together? Or can Brotha D make history as the first two time APPT winner?
It should be an interesting day ahead of us, so we hope you'll stick around to see what unfolds. We'll be covering those stories and more right here on the PokerStars Blog while the good folk at PokerNews bring the hand action to you in the live reporting feed.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.