Australian poker player Hai Chu is keeping pace with the front runners of event 53 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).
The card ace finished day two in tenth place on the chip leaderboard with a 565,000-strong stack and will be hoping to move up the table as play goes on.
Chu is the only Australian with a realistic chance of making the final table as the rest of the top ten is dominated by North Americans.
Indeed, with the exception of fourth-placed Brit Victoria Cohen, fifth-placed Russian Vladimir Mefodichev and ninth-placed Brazilian Marcio Cid, the remaining top ten players are from either the US or Canada.
US star Hugh Henderson is the current leader with 1,168,000 chips and he is followed by Canadian pro Randy Ashe on 1,150,000.
Bryan Piccioli rounds out the top three, also of the US, rounds out the top three on 1,097,000 meaning Chu needs to add chips to his stack quickly to make the cut.
A final table appearance for Chu would go some way to creating a buzz ahead of the 2013 WSOP season, which will head to Melbourne's Crown Casino for the first time.