Time to tee off at APPT Queenstown

August 25, 2011

This quaint little place called Queenstown is full of surprises. We’ve already learnt about many of their famous adrenalin-pumping adventures such as jet-boat riding, para-sailing and bungy jumping, but as we spend more time here we’re discovering more and more fun things to do.

How about white-water rafting? An ice-skating rink? Mini-golf? Or what about this rather unique sport…


Frisbee golf (or disc golf as its sometimes called) is another unique local pastime and one of Queenstown’s most popular free activities, having been played in the Queenstown Gardens since the early eighties.

Similar to golf, players start from a designated tee area, and the object is to propel a disc towards a target (or “hole”) in as few throws as possible. While Frisbee golf can theoretically use anything as a hole, proper courses will use an elevated metal basket. The beauty of the game is that anyone can play, you don’t need to pay green fees or hire clubs!

We suggest it may be a great option for our APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event players tomorrow after it was announced that the Day 3 start time has been pushed back to 4pm. This should give players the chance to shake off any hangovers and get out and about and explore this great town.

Another popular option is the Lord of the Rings tour.


Unique to Queenstown, the LOTR tour will take you to the exact locations that the movie trilogy was filmed where you can handle weapons and costumes to consume yourself in the total LOTR experience. One of the guides of the tour was actually an actor in the trilogy, so he knows the details intimately and his stories are legendary. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a LOTR fan.

However before that, we need to uncover a Lord of the poker felt as we navigate our way through another six levels today on Day 2 of the Main Event. An awkward 71 players will squeeze into the seven tables of the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, with one table to play eleven-handed (and deal out one player) until we get an early elimination.

Leading the way is Day 1c chip leader Alicia Sale but interestingly she has drawn the same table as Day 1b chip leader Marcel Schreiner.


Heavyweights Jackson Zheng and Koray Turker have once again drawn the same table – these two must be getting sick of the sight of each other! Also on their table is the short-stacked Jesse McKenzie who, following the elimination of ANZ Player of the Year leader Leo Boxell, will be looking for a few quick double ups to give himself a deep run and valuable POTY points.

There will no doubt be some fireworks when play resumes at 12:30pm (GMT+12). Join us on the PokerStarsBlog for all the live action as it unfolds.


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