By James Potter and Eliot James
People would be forgiven for thinking that there were only two players at Table 9 here in the SkyCity Casino poker room. Player Nathanael Seet from Singapore, our Day 1A chipleader, has been butting heads with PokerStars Sponsored player Grant Levy through the course of several hands. Levy is now nursing a stack of just over 20k after losing the most recent game of chicken while Seet is the continuing to amass chips. Seet has a stack of 132k and is the early chipleader here on Day 2.
Joining him in the 100k club is Sydney player Michael Mariakis with 125k. Early in play today, Mariakis eliminated prominent Australia based jockey Shane Dye from the event. Scooping the pot and beginning to stack the chips, Mariakis commented with a cheeky smile “I suppose it’s only fair to win some back after the money I’ve thrown away on his horses.” Mariakis paid his own way into the event and is a keen online player, playing under the User ID ‘smmmooth’ on PokerStars.