We’re back inside the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino for Day 1c of the APPT Queenstown Main Event. A near-capacity field today should see our total number of entries push towards 130 which would be a solid result — but will we get that close?
Again it’s a stunning day in this beautiful town — I don’t think I’ve ever seen rain here. It’s rather remarkable the warm sunshine we’ve received every time we’ve visited this place. It allowed a group to venture out this morning for a spot of frisbee golf. The word is that today was purely for qualification purposes with the big bragging rights, and even a trophy, up for grabs in the finals on Sunday.
SKYCITY Queenstown Shift Manager Andrew Gray assures us that despite the warm weather, the snow up on the slopes is still very good for those still keen on skiing. We’re yet to hear of any serious injuries, although there were reports of Matthew Wakeman smashing into a fallen Liam O’Rourke, and Ben Richardson stacking it on the magic carpet ski lift on the kiddie slopes. All survived.
Others have also enjoyed themselves on the luge which is accessible by gondola up the mountain which overlooks the town. It’s great fun as PokerStars.tv hostess Sarah Grant found out:
The action in today’s APPT Queenstown Main Event will share some similarities to that luge track. Everyone will start off optimistically, pick up speed at various points, twist and turn and try to avoid colliding with others or falling off track completely.
Today’s field will be highlighted by the first appearance of our two Team PokerStars Pros. Bryan Huang has flown in all the way from Singapore and has a strong affinity with this event after final tabling twice — a 9th place in 2010 followed by a 7th place in 2012. Huang will be joined on the felt by Team Online member Roy Bhasin. Usually preferring the online grind in his quest for SuperNova Elite status, Bhasin is making a rare appearance on the live felt here in Queenstown.
Again we’ll be playing five levels which will see the day wrap up around 6pm this evening. Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog for stories from off the felt as the PokerNews team provide tournament updates in the live reporting section.