The line-up for day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event has been finalised after a torrid seven hours of play in Adelaide Casino's Poker Zone.
While the city experienced a reprieve from the heat that had propelled the mercury over 40°C, the action was plenty fierce as 97 players battled to join the 78 entrants already ensured a spot in tomorrow's field.
The largest of the three day one flights included several big names, including PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem, 2009 ANZPT Melbourne winner Chris Levick, 2009 Aussie Millions winner Stewart Scott and PokerStars Sponsored Player Clonie Gowen.
However, it was one of the lesser lights, Darwin's Roy Hills, who stole the spotlight form the big names by finishing at the head of the chip count on 118,850. His wife gave him the tournament buy-in as a Christmas present!
Hills was joined at the top of the chip count by Aussie poker veteran Martin Comer (84,350), Aleks Brkovic (76,150), Stewart Scott (72,025) and Sam Haddad (72,000). The players who filled the top two spots in the 2009 ANZPT Player of the Year leaderboard - Hachem (52,600) and Levick (47,550) - will also be back for day two.
We'll be back from 12.30pm tomorrow when the 122 survivors of the 236 players who entered the $3000 buy-in ANZPT Adelaide Main Event will be back to chase one of 27 spots in the money in the race for the first prize of $165,900. We're off to the British Hotel in North Adelaide to eat a steak the size of a hubcap! See you tomorrow.