The opening day of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) has concluded with 40 of the 73 starters progressing to day two in the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event.
On a blisteringly hot Adelaide day, the best players from across the region chilled out in the Adelaide Casino Poker Zone where the day 1A field included a pair of PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros (Emad Tahtouh and Grant Levy, both of who were eliminated) along with defending ANZPT Adelaide champion Karl Krautschneider and top online performers Jonathan Karamalikis and Ben Delaney.
After seven one-hour levels, PokerStars Qualifier Bruno Da Silva finished atop the chip count with 85,275. Incredibly, two sets of twins lie inside the top 10 - Da Silva's brother Nuno (65,650) plus the Butcher boys Tod (76,775) and Ben (70,600).
ANZPT Queenstown runner-up Andrew Hinrichsen finished third overall on 71,175 with other notables to advance including Raemin Alexander (70,950), Jonathan Karamalikis (67,425), Matthew Pearson (45,725), Peter Aristidou (44,525), Daniel Neilson (44,400), Ben Delaney (33,600) and Steve Topakas (13,500).
Play continues tomorrow from 12.30pm local time (2am GMT) with day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. On such a glorious summer's evening, a plate of seafood and a couple of Coopers by one of Adelaide's beaches sounds just the ticket. See you tomorrow.