Main Event
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Day 1b completed

Day 1b in the Bag, Caris Edges Wittkopf

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
ANZPT Auckland Day 1b Chip Leader, Charles Caris
ANZPT Auckland Day 1b Chip Leader, Charles Caris

Another early morning finish has seen Day 1b of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Auckland Main Event come to an end.

SKYCITY Auckland Casino had just the 56 players take their seats for a small Day 1b field. Eyes were on several big names, which have had great success in recent times. 2009 APPT Sydney Main Event Champion Aaron Benton was seated on the same table as 2012 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event Champion Sam Razavi, with reigning ANZ POTY Mishel Anunu directly behind them, on a neighboring table. Unfortunately for these three, their days would end relatively short. Others to also fall today were Didier Guerin, Dean Francis and John Harmon.

When all the chips were finally bagged and tagged, it was Australian tournament regular Charles Caris who just edged out Local Marc Wittkopf for the chip lead at the end of the day. He finished with a 108,900-chip stack to lead his 24-strong field into Day 2. Right on his tail was Marc Wittkopf (108,600), Jie Gao (104,500) and Jason Lee (93,300). All had fantastic second halves to their days, and will be amongst the chip leaders heading into Day 2

Day 1c is set to kick off later today at 12:30 p.m NZST. We’ll be hoping to see 80 runners take to the felt, to surpass the 200-player mark for the entire event. Make sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team, for more exciting action!

Official End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

Charles Caris au 108,900 36,900
Marc Wittkopf 108,600 8,600
Jie Gao ca 104,500 9,500
Jason Lee us 93,300 5,300
Geoff Smith nz 84,000
Malvina McKenzie 65,700
Peter Field 52,500 -17,500
Wentao Qi 48,800
Shane Ching 48,200
Brendon Ng 45,200
Patrick Healy 39,500 2,500
Kevin Peters 33,800
Paul Pedersen 31,400
Nicholas Lamport 29,800
Daniel Smith au 28,200
Igal Augarten au 25,600
Lohsing Cheng 22,400
Alex Trevallion au 21,300
Peter Baars 20,500
Timothy Foley 17,400
Matthew Wall 16,100
Richard Lancaster 14,400 -1,800
Souny Frederic 13,900
Chris Holmes 10,200

Three More Hands

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The tournament director on the floor has just announced that the remaining players will be playing three final hands before the end of play.

We will have the official end-of-day chip counts and a wrap of the days action posted shortly.

Who Will Finish the Leader

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

With just under 15 minutes left in the day, there are three players who will be battling it out to see who finishes as the chip leader for Day 1b. Jie Gao, Jason Lee and Marc Wittkopf have all held the chip lead at one point during the day, and with the three sitting on 90,000 chip stacks, it will be interesting to see who finishes up top.

Tags: Jason LeeJie GaoMarc Wittkopf

Lee Relinquishes Chip Lead

Action started with Jason Lee betting out 2,200 before Charles Caris raised to 5,700. Lee called, and both players saw the flop fall {10-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{8-Hearts}. Lee checked, and Caris instantly moved all in.

Lee led out a sigh of pain before commenting, “You bet any less and I’m shoving.”

A minute passed with Lee constantly talking to himself, deciding whether to call.

“I feel like a donkey. At least my ace would be live,” Lee said.

He eventually called, and was not happy to see Caris table {A-Diamonds}{k-Spades}, as he rolled over his {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}. The board ran out the {a-Spades} and {10-Clubs} to see Caris receive a handy double, and drop Lee down to 88,000 in chips.

Jason Lee us 88,000 -32,000
Charles Caris au 72,000 31,000

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Healy Puts Opponent to Test

The player in middle position opened with a bet of 2,500, before Patrick Healy raised to 5,200. His opponent called, and both saw the flop come {4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{7-Hearts}. The other player in the hand checked before Healy moved all in for 25,700 in chips.

Minutes passed before Healy’s opponent asked “Do you want me to call?”

Healy sat there motionless, starring straight down at his chips. His opponent called time on himself, and folded a few seconds later. Healy moves up to 37,000 in chips.

Patrick Healy 37,000 7,000

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Players Remaining

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Their are 27 players remaining in the Day 1b field, with just under an hour of play to go.