By Landon Blackhall
After a relatively sedate day at Treasury Casino in Brisbane, all hell broke loose in the final minutes of day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZT Queensland Main Event. After 68 players had taken the order to shuffle up and deal just over eight hours earlier, less than 40 remained when it seemed a silent alarm went off the players' heads.
Amongst the casualties were highly rated Western Australian Michael Pedley (who was busted by ANZPT Queenstown 'bubble boy' Tim Clarke) and to everyone's surprise, Aleks Lackovic, who was eliminated after he got his money in the middle against Tim English.
With a crowd of players and staff packed around the table, English showed the winning hand 7♣ 5♣ on a board reading 5♦ Q♠ A♦ J♦ 3♠, giving English the straight. After the chips were cut down, Lackovic was found to be the shorter of the two stacks and his day was done.
The day finished with Tom Zhou the overall day 1B chip leader on 114,625 (although he narrowly trails day 1A pace-setter Danny Joukhadar), followed by the pocket Tims - English and Clarke - who qualified for this event on PokerStars. Tim English has 95,650, while Tim Clarke is on 79,975.
Others set to progress to tomorrow's day two flight at Treasury include Sydney duo Joel strongplay Dodds, PokerStars.net Team Australia pro Grant Levy (25,125), John Dalessandri, Michael TheBigSiCkO Guzzardi, Emma Grace (25,650) and Chris Levick (22,575), who maintains his hopes of overtaking Tony Hachem in the overall ANZPT points title (Tony and Chris will be in the Treasury poker room together for the first time tomorrow).
The list of players eliminated in Brisbane on day 1B included Andrew adgee Jeffreys, Ali Khalil and Raj Ramakrishnan.
It's the final day of action at Conrad Treasury in Brisbane tomorrow with day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Event scheduled to kick-off at 12.30pm AEST, before the remaining players action head down the Pacific Motorway to Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast.
Note: We were not provided with the official chip count from Treasury Casino for day 1B. We apologise for any inconvenience.