11pm: “I have the chip lead, and it’s this big”
As midnight approaches, the ECPC field is down to just 11 players and it’s Graham Gillespie (pictured above) who’s bolted to a big chip lead. He’s on 1.2 million in chips and looms as a major challenger to the title
9.30pm: ECPC title race thrown wide open
The battle for the Southern Cross Poker East Coast Poker Championship title is up for grabs with no clear chip leader in the wake of the dinner break. Local favourites Alex Milenov (pictured above, right) and Angelo Aloupis have thrown their hats into the ring, while dual championship final table participant Jim Psarros is also still in the mix.
9pm: Jake jumps back into the lead
Jake Briggs has resumed the chip lead of the East Coast Poker Championships with 28 players still seated. With 12 eliminations required until the money bubble bursts, Briggs holds 350,000 in chips and looks well positioned for a charge at the title.
7.30pm: Ingle tops the count
The East Coast Poker Championship field is down to 38 players and five tables, and it’s Peter Ingle from Forster leading the way. He’s holding 300,000 in chips and well placed for a shot at the final table and a slice of the prizepool worth more than $30,000.
7pm: Thompson on the tear before dinner
Players are starting to think about dinner at the magnificent Star Buffet within the Diggers @ Newcastle complex as the clock ticks down to the dinner break in the East Coast Poker Championships. Blinds are up to level 14 (2000/4000 with an ante of 400), but that hasn’t been a problem for Ian “The Barber” Thompson who has charged to within grasp of the chip lead on 170,000.
6.30pm: Lashon cashin’ in
Kevin Lashon (pictured above) is the new chip leader in the East Coast Poker Championship with less half of the starting field still in contention for this prestigious Southern Cross Poker title. Closest challenger as we head into the evening session at Diggers @ Newcastle is Jake Briggs on 170,000.
5pm: Briggs holds the bigs
The East Coast Poker Championship field has been whittled down to 105 as the blinds have climbed to 800/1600 with an ante of 100. Mathew Wakeman remains among the pacesetters on 100,000 but it’s Jake Briggs leading the way on 160,000. Cale McClain has recovered to 35,000 after being down to 11,000 but Chris Levick’s stack is on life support at 10,000.
3pm: ECPC field tops 170
With such a generous structure, players are slowly picking their way through the early levels of the East Coast Poker Championship with only a handful of players eliminated this far. It appears the field comprises 174 players, which has boosted the prizepool to more than $31,000. The man who’s made an early stake for the lion’s share of the kitty is Mathew Wakeman, who holds the biggest stack (over 50,000) after the first two hours of play.
1pm: And we’re underway
The cards are in the air at Diggers @ Newcastle City for the East Coast Poker Champs Main Event. So far, more than 160 players have taken their seats but more are expected in the next hour or so. Notables spotted include 2009 ANZPT Melbourne champion Chris Levick and well known local poker pro Mathew Wakeman. We should also make mention of last night’s teams event in which Team Love (Elle Johnson and Blake Lockwood) emerged victorious thus winning seats to today’s event and a shot at a slice of the $25,000 guaranteed prizepool.
Noon: Southern Cross Poker’s best and brightest on show
Welcome to PokerMedia Australia’s coverage of Southern Cross Poker’s East Coast Poker Championships, proudly supported by www.pokershop.com.au. Scores of players from across the region have converged on Diggers @ Newcastle City for this prestigious $200 buy-in event. All players will start with 25,000 in chips, and blinds will increase every 25 minutes. The structure for today’s event comprises:
Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 100/200
Level 4: 150/300
Level 5: 200/400
Level 6: 300/600
Level 7: 400/800
Level 8: 500/1000 (ante 100)
Level 9: 600/1200 (ante 100)
Level 10: 800/1600 (ante 100)
Level 11: 1000/2000 (ante 200)
Level 12: 1200/2400 (ante 200)
Level 13: 1500/3000 (ante 300)
Level 14: 2000/4000 (ante 400)
Level 15: 2500/5000 (ante 500)
Level 16: 3000/6000 (ante 500)
Level 17: 4000/8000 (ante 500)
Level 18: 5000/10,000 (ante 1000)
Level 19: 6000/12,000 (ante 1000)
Level 20: 8000/16,000 (ante 1000)
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (ante 2000)
Level 22: 15,000/30,000 (ante 3000)
Level 23: 20,000/40,000 (ante 4000)
Level 24: 25,000/50,000 (ante 5000)
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 (ante 5000)
Level 26: 40,000/80,000 (ante 5000)
Level 27: 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)
The minimum prize pool distribution is $25,020 with 139 players seated and the minimum payouts are as follows:
11 Free entry Feb 5th ($200)
12 Free entry Feb 5th ($200)