Some of Oceania’s best poker professionals have taken to the felt at the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Queenstown Main Event in New Zealand.
The second starting flight finished in the resort town today, with the third final flight scheduled to take place tomorrow. A total of 79 players have participated in the event so far, and it looks like total numbers will reach well over 100 when Day 1C is underway.
A total of 48 players from both the finished flights have made the cut to Day 2 of the event, with Daniel Laidlaw having the chip lead. He will go into the second day of play with 85,900 chips to his name, which is a huge lead over the rest of the field who have currently made the cut.
With a stack of 68,675 chips, Luke Brabin is second on the chip ladder. He is followed by Michael Chon, who led the field on Day 1a with 59,375, an effort that has likely made the long flight from Perth worthwhile for the player.
Jordan Wesmorland is one the most high profile players who has participated in the Main Event so far. Wesmorland got third place in last year’s ANZPT Queenstown event and will be looking to go two spots better this year. He finished Day 1b with 25,450 chips, putting him in a good position for the rest of the tournament.
GuangDong Asia Millions Main Event runner-up Jeff Rossiter is also in this event, making it to Day 2, with a stack of 17,250 to his name. The top cash prize for this event is likely going to be much shorter than the $3.15 million he pocketed at the GuangDong Asia Millions. Despite that, getting first place will likely give a further boost to Rossiter’s stock as one of the best poker players in the Southern Hemisphere.
Day 1c of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event is set to take place tomorrow afternoon at the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino.