Levy and Tahtouh Progessing Well in ANZPT Queenstown
Posted at 18:56 2009-07-21
The sunshine was replaced by a wet and wild winter’s day as the SKYCITY Queenstown poker room resembled more like a ski-lodge than a poker room for Day 1b of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event.
36 starters took to the felt with an interesting mix of online qualifiers, New Zealand locals and well known Australian tournament regulars. The field was highlighted by 2007 APPT Champion Grant Levy and his fellow PokerStars Team Australia pro Emad Tahtouh. They would have to contend with the likes of Nick Nicolaou, Lisa Walsh, Anthony Chow, Tim English, Michael Marvanek, Tamara Volkoff, Jan Schwarz and Luis Pampliega.
Nick Nicolaou was an early chip leader but lost a race with pocket queens against the A-K of Germany’s Sven Ellrich to fall before the end of the day, with Lisa Walsh also amongst the few eliminations of the day.
28 players survived the five levels of play for the day with Queenstown’s local satellite winner Matthew Yates leading the pack with 67,050 chips. Levy is well placed with 35,800, while Tahtouh sits in the middle of the pack with 24,800 chips. Tahtouh in particular is looking forward to making the most of his time in Queenstown, “Being in Queenstown, one of the best tourist destinations in New Zealand and being surrounded by snow capped mountains sets the perfect scene for a world class poker tournament.”
Tomorrow should see a similar-sized field enter the arena with both Eric Assadourian and Celina Lin scheduled to play on Day 1c. With entries already pushing over the 130-player mark, the prize pool is heading in excess of NZ$300,000.
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