Andrew Scott will finish the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT with 40 points - that's 10 points for participating in four of the five events. Sadly, the hopes of a first cash for the 2008 APPT Macau High Roller runner-up have come to an early finish after he became the first player sent to the rail on day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event here at Jupiters on the Gold Coast today.
Sydney's Daniel Neilson, who finished 73rd in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for almost USD $70,000, claimed Scott's scalp when he pushed all-in with [9s] [9d]. Scott called, and showed [6h] [4h] on a board showing [5s] [7s] [9h] [jh]. Scott needed help, and it didn't arrive as the [kd] sailed down the river.
A great supporter of both the ANZPT and APPT, we look forward to catching up with Andrew in Macau where he'll be out to go one better in the APPT Macau High Roller at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.
Lee Nelson has found himself in good company on table 11 with fellow Kiwis Graeme Putt and Martin Cardno
With such a quality field at Jupiters today, big pots were always going to be the order of the day and we just saw one featuring Steve Topakas, Mark Erickson and Omar Al Sharif. We caught the action on a bord showing [2c] [10c] [7c]. Al Sharif bet 5000, Topakas stepped aside and Erickson called.
The turn was the [4d] - bet 5000, call. Erickson again bet 5000 on a dangerous river of [ac], with Al Sharif folding. The Queenslander was more than happy to show his [kh] [ks], much to the disgust of Al Sharif. That pot took Erickson to more than 40,000 and a spot behind Neilson on the chip count.
? Landon Blackhall reports from Brisbane that PokerStars Team Australia Pro Grant Levy has been applying the pressure to the rest of his table early on, sending one opponent on tilt after shoving his stack in late position on a flop that read [8h] [3s] [7c], with about 9000 in the pot.
The opponent slammed his cards onto the muck circle, then picked up his jacket and walked out to get some air after Levy rolled over pocket sevens for middle set. He's up to 27,500 in chips.
Grant Levy: an early mover on day 1B at Treasury
PokerStars qualifier Andrew Jeffreys is in good spirits after returning from the 2009 WSOP. He picked up the very first pot on table six, raising with pocket queens pre-flop and taking it down. "I'm chip leader," he cheered, causing a ripple of laughter around the table.
Sydney's poker impresario Chris Levick is on the "table of death". He's in seat 10, sitting almost directly opposite WSOP debutante Emma Grace and ANZPT Sydney seventh-place finisher Joel strongplay Dodds, who are in seats five and six respectively.
BTW - we've just heard from ANZPT sergeant-at-arms Danny McDonagh who expects that the prizepool for this event will break AUD $600,000 - a fantastic result given this is the first major event in the state and there's a clash with the Victorian Poker Championships in Melbourne. Looks like big-time tournament poker is here to stay!
Blinds at both venues have just ticked up to level two, 75/150, on the downhill stretch to the day's first break.
The brekky bars in Broadbeach and Brisbane have been working overtime this morning as players fuel up for day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event, the final event in the first year of the tour.
Yesterday, 60 players qualified for day two - 27 in Brisbane and 33 on the Gold Coast. Those players will return to the respective Conrad properties on Friday, with the survivors from Brisbane heading down the Pacific Motorway for the final two days at Jupiters over the weekend.
Not a bad way to start the day ... a stroll down the beach at Surfers Paradise
It's another capacity field at Jupiters where today's field will be headlined by PokerStars.net Team Asia form player Celina Lin, PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee "Final Table" Nelson and ANZPT Adelaide winner Karl Krautschneider.
Others playing today on the Gold Coast include ANZPT Melbourne runner-up Heath "Tassie Devil" Chick, John Caridad (third in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event), popular Melbourne trio Steve "The Big Show" Topakas, Bruno Portaro and Dennis Huntly, 2007 APPT Grand Final fifth-place finisher Jai Kemp and 2008 APPT Macau High Roller runner-up Andrew Scott.
Craig Duffy leads the list of locals playing today, while Sydneysiders Daniel Neilson and Tim Horan will be out to continue their good form after cashing at the 2009 WSOP. Highly rated Kiwis Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt, James Honeybone and Robert Wang are also here in the day 1B field.
? In Brisbane today, Landon Blackhall reports that the major focus will be on Chris Levick (currently in second position on the ANZPT Overall Points Leaderboard), as he continues to keep the pressure turned up on points leader and PokerStars Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem.
Other big names expected to take their seats today at Conrad Treasury PokerStars.net Team Australia pro Grant Levy, online whiz kid Michael TheBiGSiCkO Guzzardi, Andrew Jeffreys, Tim English and John Delassandri, all who qualified via PokerStars.net to take their seats in the tournament.
The Brisbane River meanders through the city after which it is named
Ali Khalil has confirmed his start today along with 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event fourth-place finisher Raj Ramakrishnan and Joel strongplay Dodds, who final-tabled in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.
Queensland local Emma Grace has also been spotted - she was doing a photo shoot this morning with local media and is also expected to take to the felt, fresh from her gallant run in the WSOP Main Event.
We've been advised that the field currently stands at 60 players, and there is talk that this flight could be a sell-out. Cards will be in the air soon, and we'll again be playing seven one-hour levels at both venues today, with all players holding a start bank of 20,000. The structure for today's play is:
Level 1: 50/100
Level 2: 75/150
Level 3: 100/200
Level 4: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 5: 150/300 (ante 25)
Level 6: 200/400 (ante 50)
Level 7: 300/600 (ante 75)
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With more than 35,000 entries into the PokerStars Americas Cup of Poker, the pre-event favorites have pulled out to a commanding lead.
As you've likely heard, the Americas Cup is pitting people from all over North and South America against each other in a battle for bragging rights and big money at the end of the world. At stake, a chance at the live final in the Patagonia region of Argentina and a heck of a ski trip in September.
After one round of play, several of the divisions have seen serious blow outs. In Group A, the United States and Mexico have crushed Equador and preliminary qualifier Guatemala 8-0 in early action. Canada and Colombia have done the same thing to Uruguay and Panama in Group B. In Group D, Argentina (host of the live final) and Brazil skunked Paraguay and Honduras.
It's only in Group C where things have stayed exceptionally tight. All four countries are still well within reach of making live final. As of right now, here's how the teams win/loss records look.
Costa Rica (6 - 2)
Chile (4 - 4)
Venezuela (4 - 4)
Peru (2 - 6)
The top two teams in each group will be headed to the live final. This week, PokerStars announced that all teams that finish in third place will get a chance to play for the $10,000 ninth place playoff. That means that even those teams that didn't fare well in the early going still have a reason to fight.
To see the full results so far, check out the Americas Cup results page.
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By Landon Blackhall
The PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Day 1A Brisbane flight has also wrapped up -the chips have been cut down, counted and listed. From a tense start to a fast finish - those who survived the carnage on the felt today will return on Friday afternoon to continue their quest for the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland title.
Chip leader is Brisbane local Andrew Jennings, who takes a stack of 107,850 forward - second overall behind Danny Joukhadar who amassed 116,175 at Jupiters today. PokerStars Qualifier Scott Kerr sits in second place on 93,800, while Paul Gibson (92,375), Luca Mazzocchi (77,300) and Paul Hill (65,400) round off the top five.
Andrew Jennings finished atop the Treasury chip count on day 1A
Other notables to survive today included Greg Shillig (43,825), David Steicke (37,900) and PokerStars Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem (34,525), the current ANZPT overall points leader, who keeps alive his dream of making the cash in all five ANZPT events in the first year of the tour.
Players looking for an early double-up on day two include Australian poker media pioneer Darryl "The Dazzler" Lanyon (13,300), Mitchell Carle (11,700) and short stack Peter Matusik (7750).
The casualty list was extensive. Young online whiz Brendan Rubie was the first elimination in Brisbane. Overall, 54 players started on day 1A flight and 27 will make their way back to the Treasury.
Play resumes tomorrow at 12.30pm (1.30am GMT), with the second of the two day one flights. Good evening from Conrad Jupiters Hotel and Casino in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Day 1A chip counts from Treasury Casino
Daniel Jennings (Australia) 107,850
Scott Kerr (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 93,800
Paul Gibson (Australia) 92,375
Luca Mazzocchi (Australia) 77,300
Paul Hill (Australia) 65,400
Barry Craig (United Kingdom) PokerStars Qualifier 61,825
Omar Mazzocchi (Australia) 55,500
Dom Farmer (Australia) 44,700
Greg Shillig (Australia) 43,825
Shaun Weston (Australia) 43,325
Darren Lukas (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 41,150
David Steicke (Hong Kong) 37,900
Lyle Higgs (Australia) 36,875
Anthony MacNamara (Australia) 36,525
Lee Woolf (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 36,300
Tony Hachem (Australia) Team PokerStars Australia 34,525
Stephen Ford (Australia) 26,775
Shaun Elliott (Australia) 21,725
Duncan McKinnon (Australia) 21,275
Serge Mazza (Switzerland) PokerStars Qualifier 18,550
Paul Leavitt (Australia) 14,525
Neville Thompson (Australia) 13,850
Darryl Lanyon (Australia) 13,300
Tommy Macken (Australia) 13,050
Mitchell Carle (Australia) 11,700
Mark James (Australia) 8925
Peter Matusik (Australia) 7750
A new chapter in Australian poker history was written today when the first hand was dealt in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland tournament, the final event in the fledgling tour's first season.
In addition to the 54 players who shared in the celebrations at Conrad Treasury Casino in Brisbane, a total of 62 players joined the field here at Conrad Jupiters at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
The list of entrants at Jupiters was headed by PokerStars.net Team Australia pros Emad Tahtouh and Eric Assadourian (both with one ANZPT cash for the season), ANZPT Sydney runner-up Lisa Walsh, ANZPT Queenstown second-place finisher Andrew Hinrichsen and 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Stewart Scott. There were also PokerStars qualifiers from across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the Netherlands.
Normally, we'd be talking about the chips being bagged at day's end, but here at Jupiters, the chip are counted, recorded and thrown back into the trays ... different strokes for different folks.
Danny Joukhadar topped the chip count on day 1A at Jupiters
The list of chips counts revealed that Danny Joukhadar was the Jupiters and overall day 1A leader with 116,175. Interesting to note that Joukhadar was quick out of the stalls in the recent Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event, where he led after day one before eventually finishing 25th.
There was a big gap back to John Parker (70,250) and Linda Tyler (70,100), while PokerStars Team Australia pro Emad Tahtouh (61,050) and 2009 Aussie Millions champion Stewart Scott (60,000) remain ominously placed just outside the top five. Scott was poised to take the chip lead into day two but lost a big pot late in the final level of the day.
Aussie Millions champ Stewart Scott impressed on the opening day at Jupiters
Players eliminated at Jupiters on day 1A included veterans Milo Nadalin, Mike Ivin and Richard Holmes, PokerStars.net Team Australia pro Eric Assadourian, Matthew Konnecke (fourth in last year's APPT Auckland Main Event) plus top local players Jamie Pickering and Lisa Walsh.
Play resumes tomorrow at 12.30pm (1.30am GMT), with the second of the two day one flights. Good evening from Conrad Treasury Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Day 1A chip counts from Jupiters Casino
Danny Joukhadar (Australia) 116,175
John Parker (Australia) 70,250
Linda Tyler (Australia) 70,100
Steven Waters (Australia) 67,375
Sean Cowell (Australia) 62,925
Emad Tahtouh (Australia) Team PokerStars Australia 61,050
Stewart Scott (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 60,000
Josef Switak (Australia) 59,875
Alex Rich (Australia) 51,425
Julian Cohen (Australia) 45,975
George Hess (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 42,375
Brendan Russell-Cooper (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 41,875
Roel Pijpers (Netherlands) PokerStars Player 41,450
Jevon Harvey (Australia) 37,900
Brad Wilson (Australia) 35225
John Apostolidic (Australia) 34,975
Alex Lees (Australia) 30,975
Darrold Sanderlin (United States) PokerStars Qualifier 27,100
Dino Zanchetta (Australia) 27,050
Omar Silajdzija (Australia) 26,650
Yvonne Grant (Australia) 26,600
Brenton Nichols (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 24,800
Greg Hill (Australia) 23,175
Amanda Simpson (Australia) 20,775
Michael Soranson (Australia) PokerStars Player 20,675
Speros Stramarcos (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 20,675
Phillip Willcocks (New Zealand) 18,700
Andrew Hinrichsen (Australia) 15,850
Christopher Mccovert (Australia) 15,800
Michael Driesenaar (Australia) 14,750
Craig Matthews (Australia) 12,175
Rodney Bohan (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 8425
Hugh Cohen (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 7875
By Landon Blackhall
Sharing is very much the theme for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland event. Conrad Treasury Casino in Brisbane and Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast are sharing the state's first major poker tournament. They are also sharing with the players, as there is no rake or fee charged on the AUD $2500 buy-in.
The locals are also sharing some hospitality with Barry Craig, a PokerStars.net Qualifier from Belfast, Ireland, who has been travelling the world playing poker after starting to play online six years ago. He was inspired to take up the game after watching it on TV and since then he's done many a Contiki tour, stopping in at casinos along the way to play tournaments.
Barry Craig might be loving Brisbane, but we bet he doesn't know what those giant balls are doing outside Treasury Casino (neither do we)
"I actually flew from London to LA, then to Vegas to play some WSOP events before coming here," Craig said. "I've been to Brisbane before; I did a tour here in Australia last Christmas, all the way from Cairns down to the Gold Coast."
He's very impressed with the way things have been going here at the Treasury: "It's really good. A tense start to the day, but it's been going really smoothly." There's been no dampening of his mood all day - we just watched him lose 5000 in chips after losing a race with pocket fours against an all-in opponent's A-10, but he's still cruising on 43,000.
Sharing has also been the theme on table four this level, as there have been some massive pots; most of them chopped. That was, until the [ah] [kd] of Nik Grespos smashed the pocket kings of an opponent with the board reading [ac] [3h] [4h] [ad] on the turn and all the money in the middle. "That's embarrassing," his opponent said as he swept past us to the rail, not even bothering to look at the river [jc].
That signalled a mini-rush - Paul Gibson snap-called an opponent's all-in bet holding pocket aces against [ks] [qd]. The flop of [qc] [2s] [9d] brought a glimmer hope but the turn and river bricked out [6d] [3h] and Gibson was up to 53,000.
Then Swiss PokerStars qualifier Serge Mazza caught David Steicke bluffing with [7h] [4c], and used his pocket jacks on a board of [qc] [2h] [5c] [8c] [4s] to slice the Aussie's stack down to just over 30,000.
? With the final rays of daylight fading behind the mountain to the west, play at Jupiters is also about to tick into the final level of the day with blinds up to 300/600 and an ante of 75.
Just one of the two PokerStars.net Team Australia pros in action here today - Emad Tahtouh - remains in contention for a day two berth after the elimination of Eric Assadourian.
The Sydneysider's last chips were committed on a flop of [5h] [10d] [qs] holding [qh] [jh] but he found himself in a spot of bother against [ad] [qd]. The board blanked [7d] [9s] and Assadourian was on his way.
However, Tahtouh has enjoyed one of his better days on the ANZPT and has been among the chip leaders in recent hours with more than 50,000.
Go on Lisa, make my day: Emad Tahtouh sends the ANZPT Sydney runner-up Lisa Walsh to the rail
Other recent eliminations from the Gold Coast field include Lisa Walsh, who fell to Tahtouh when her [ah] [8c] was overtaken by the Melburnian's [10s] [9s] on a board of [ks] [qh] [8s] [kc] [9c], Pierre Bush (at the hands of New Zealand PokerStars qualifier Phillip Willcocks) and Andrew Stolz.
Danny Joukhadar is the Gold Coast chip leader with 65,000 ahead of Tahtouh (55,000), Sean Rosey (42,500), Julian Cohen (37,000) and Brenton Nichols (35,000).
We're thrilled to announce that the first major poker tournament to be held in Queensland has surpassed all but one other ANZPT event in terms of entries and prizepool.
With seats still available in Brisbane for tomorrow's day 1B flight, the field has already surpassed 230, making it the second biggest event in the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT behind Sydney (493). The current prizepool of AUD $575,000 is also certain to grow.
In addition to PokerStars qualifiers from Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA, New Zealand, Brazil, Austria, Mexico, Netherlands and Australia, local players have turned out in force to support this historic tournament.
In addition to higher profile Queensland players like Jamie Pickering, Lisa Walsh and Milo Nadalin, a number of cash-game hardened Gold Coast and Brisbane players have been making their mark today.
Guys like Richard Leal, Craig Matthews and Michael Driesenaar have occupied a rare moment in the spotlight, while young guns like Steve Ford and Mitch Carle (who share an apartment and found themselves seated next to each other when play started today) have been waving the flag for the younger guard at Treasury.
It's been an up and down session for the locals at Jupiters, with "King" Richard Holmes sent to the rail after he found his pocket kings snookered by the pocket aces of George Hess, while Jamie Pickering's remaining chips disappeared when his J-4 came up against A-Q, with his opponent making a pair on the flop.
Danny Joukhader (pictured with Hugh Cohen, left) is the current chip leader on the Gold Coast
But Danny Joukhader goes from strength to strength, who ascended the chip count when he lured a call from an opponent who showed [6h] [7h] for a flopped straight on a board [5d] [9d] [8c] [qh]. With all the emotion of a concrete slab, Joukhader showed [js] [10d] for the higher straight, sending his stack above 70,000.
With play about to tick into level six (200/400 and an ante of 50), the Gold Coast field has been culled from 62 to 46, with those players condensed into five tables for the first time.
The latest news from Brisbane, where Landon Blackhall is following the action is that 46 of the original field of 54 are still seated in the Treasury casino poker room.
The poker player's poker player, Brisbane day 1A chip leader David Steicke
Coming out of the second break of the day, it was David Steicke continuing his charge to add an ANZPT title to his resume on 52,000. Local boy Taner Durust has taken second place, getting up to 51,000 after his 9-7 played against an opponent's 9-8 on the board reading 9-8-10-6-10.
PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem is finding no love at his table - despite having won several small pots, he's battling on 16,500. Former editor of Cards Magazine and Australian poker media pioneer Darryl Lanyon is sitting pretty on 22,000, while ANPZT Melbourne third-place finisher Greg Shillig is on 32,500.
Our first table has also been broken here in Brisbane after PokerStars qualifier Darren Lukas got his money into the middle on a flop of [qd] [9d] [qs] holding Q-x against an opponent's [jd][8d]. The [4d] fell on the turn, making the opponent's flush, but the [qh] would appear on the river, giving Lukas quads.