Day 1c completed
Day 1c completed
The third and final flight of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Auckland Main Event has finally come to an end. Today was the last day for players to buy-in and give themselves every chance to make it through to Day 2. So it wasn’t any surprise when 86-runners turned up, bringing the tournament total to 207.
As expected, some big name players took their seats today including 2011 Aussie Millions champion David Gorr, defending Auckland champion Danny “Brotha D” Leaoasavaii, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang and WSOP bracelet winner Simon Watt. Unfortunately for this quartet, they were unable to progress to the next day.
It was some fairly unknowns who made their presence felt, and made late runs to obtain the chip lead. Xiaodong Xia left it till the last 20-minutes of the day to win two of the biggest pots of the day, and lead all comers going into Day 2. His 180,600 chip-stack towered over those of Monica Eastick (137,000), Patrick Lui (105,700) and Pravin Haryi who finished atop the leader board.
Day 2 will commence tomorrow at 12:15pm NZPT with 76 players returning, all hoping to make a deep and taking home the NZ$107,640 first prize and title of ANZPT Auckland Champion. Be sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team for all the live updates as they happen.
ANZPT Auckland Day 2 Table Draw
|1||7||Jun Ho Hwang||54500|
|4||5||Ali Abdul Razzak||21200|
|9||9||Xiao Dong Xia||180600|
|Jun Ho Hwang||54,500|
The remaining players in the tournament will play three more hands before the end of play.
No sooner did Xiao Dong Xia win a big hand, he was at it again, this time against big stack Stephen McKay. Action was caught on a flop reading , with Xia checking his opton. McKay bet out 5,000 and was met with a check-raise to 13,000. He called, to see the drop on the turn. This time Xia check-called a bet of 20,000, before seeing the complete the board. Xia checked one last time, and McKay instantly bet out 40,000 in chips. Xia thought for a moment before making the call. McKay confidently tabled for what he thought was surely the best hand. Xia stood up proudly and slammed down for a better full-house.
Mixed reactions erupted from the table, some shocked at the sick cooler, others surprised there was no raise. Either way, that hand dropped once dominating chip-leader McKay to 35,000 in chips as XiaoDong Xia flew to 170,000 in chips.
A big hand just took place over on table 9. Joe Allis opened the pot with a bet of 2,200. XiaoDong Xia called and both players saw the flop come . Allis continued with another bet of 3,100, which was again called. The turn fell the , and Xia called another bet, this time 7,000 in chips. When the river produced the , Allis threw out one last bet of 12,000, but was shocked to see Xia re-raise to 30,000. He could only smirk in shock, as he mucked his cards.
Allis drops down to 51,000 as Xia moves up to 85,000 in chips.
Monica Eastick has had a relatively quiet day, slowly accumulating chips without being noticed. In the last level, however, she’s gone on quite a heater to move alongside the chip leaders.
With the flop showing , the player in the small blind checked, as did the big blind, before Monica Eastick in middle position bet out 1,000. The small blind then raised to 3,000, forcing the other blind to fold. Instantly Eastick threw out a raise to 7,000, which was met with an all in announcement for 32,000 in chips from her opponent. She snap-called and tabled for a flopped set, and was happier when her opponent tabled .
The turn and river came the and to end the day for her opponent, as she moves up to 115,000 in chips.
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