Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a completed

Chon Leads Quick Opening Day of ANZPT Queenstown

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ANZPT Queenstown Day1a chip leader, Michael Chon
ANZPT Queenstown Day1a chip leader, Michael Chon

The chip bags are sealed and the surviving players here on Day 1a of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event have made their way out of the SKYCITY Casino and into the cool night breeze of snowy Queenstown.

The day began with 40 players and the plan was to play just six 60-minute levels. However, halfway through the day the players were told they would only be playing five levels. By the time some quick poker action was in the record books, 26 had survived and it was Michael Chon who had bagged up the chip lead with a stack of 59,375.

Joining Chon with plenty of chips include players such as Oliver Gill, Matt Wakeman, Ali Ghezelbash, Tobin Ryall and Raj Ramakrishan, while Ben Richardson, Dean Francis, Brett Chalhoub and Stevan Chew are also still in contention for the title.

One of the big talking points of the day was the announcement that Tom Grigg, Liam O’Rourke and Jonathan Karamalikis were made Full Tilt Poker Ambassadors for the ANZPT. Karamalikis is expected to take to the felt either tomorrow or on Day 1c, while Grigg and O’Rourke both played today. Unfortunately O’Rourke was eliminated early in the action, leaving Grigg to fly the Full Tilt flag on Day 1a. Grigg had a characteristically swingy day at the felt, amassing a high of 60,000 in chips before eventually finishing the day with 24,100.

All of the surviving players now have a couple of days off before returning to the felt on Friday. Us on the other hand, we will be back at the felt tomorrow from 12.30 p.m. local time, so be sure to return for more Queenstown Snowfest action!

Tags: Jonathan KaramalikisLiam O'RourkeTom Grigg

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user162117] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Michael Chon 59,375 59,375
Wenjian (William) Qiu 59,150 59,150
Ali Ghezelbash au 55,225 -4,775
Andrew Forsman 55,000 55,000
Jonathan Bredin au 53,875 53,875
Matt Wakeman au 53,700 -1,300
Oliver Gill au 45,750 8,750
Tobin Ryall 42,000 6,000
Raj Ramakrishnan 40,950 8,950
Nathan Harvey 38,050 38,050
Ben Richardson au 32,350 2,350
George Graziani 26,975 26,975
Martin Cardno nz 26,425 26,425
Chiu Yeung Lee 24,700 24,700
Tom Grigg au 24,100 -2,900
Stevan Chew au 23,250 -11,750
Roel Pijpers 22,800 5,800
Dean Francis 22,750 1,250
Duane Wera Moses 19,700 19,700
Jeff Rossiter au 17,250 -750
Brett Chalhoub 14,100 -16,900
David Bonham 13,450 13,450
Jon Pierre Narbey 11,950 11,950
Ryan Lew 9,500 9,500
Hugh Cohen au 7,900 -9,600

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Four More Hands

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The tournament clock has been stopped and the call has been made for just four more hands at each table. Stay tuned to find out how many survives, who bags up chips and which bag is the fullest! At the moment the chip lead race is between Oliver Gill, Matt Wakeman and Ali Ghezelbash.

Grigg Keeps Losing Some

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It's been a swingy day for Tom Grigg and nothing seems to be going right at the felt for the newly appointed Full Tilt Poker ANZPT Ambassador. Grigg was at a high of 60,000 chips earlier in the day, but now has only 27,000. The most recent hand to go in the wrong direction for Grigg occurred on a {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}{6-Clubs} flop. Grigg was up against one opponent and led for 4,550. The player then raised it up to 10,000 and Grigg went into the tank. Eventually Grigg folded and the player showed a {6-Spades}.

"Would you have called if i shoved?" asked Grigg.

"I was hoping you shoved!" came the reply. "I was hoping you had a jack."

Tom Grigg au 27,000

Wakeman and Mac's Cooler Clash

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Jesse McKenzie couldn't survive Day 1a
Jesse McKenzie couldn't survive Day 1a

There was already a {5-Spades}{6-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop on the felt when we arrived to find Matt "mjw006" Wakeman and Jesse "On The Mac" McKenzie rumbling in what would become the biggest hand of the day.

McKenzie checked here and Wakeman bet 1,500. McKenzie then raised it up to 3,400 and Wakeman made the call. When the dealer flipped over a {9-Spades} on the turn, McKenzie checked and the action was on Wakeman. After a few seconds, Wakeman asked to see McKenzie's stack and then bet 4,725. McKenzie made the call and a {9-Diamonds} completed the board on the river.

McKenzie checked here and Wakeman pushed out enough chips to put McKenzie all in. McKenzie made the call and his tournament life was at risk.

"I guess i have you beat," Wakeman said, tabling {9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for a rivered full house.

McKenzie turned over his {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} for a flopped set and a smaller full house and made his way out of the tournament. With that, Wakeman is now the chip leader with not too long to go in the final level of the day.

Matt Wakeman au 55,000 29,000
Jesse McKenzie au Busted

Tags: Jesse McKenzieMatt Wakeman

Grigg Falling, Benny Rising

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We arrived at the action with a {k-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{4-Spades} board on the felt and with Tom Grigg checking the turn. Grigg's only opponent was Ben Richardson and he bet 3,000 from the button. After many moments of thought, Grigg made the call and a {a-Diamonds} completed the board on the river. Grigg checked again and Richardson bet 4,400. Back on Grigg and he thought long and hard, even asking Richardson a few questions. Eventually Grigg called and Richardson tabled {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} for a rivered Broadway straight.

Tom Grigg au 35,000 -24,500
Ben Richardson au 30,000 7,000

Last Level Begins

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As per the changed plans earlier in the day, the players are back from their break and there is now only one level remaining on Day 1a of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event.


Second and Final Break

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The second and final break of the day has just begun.

Following 10 minutes of no poker, the players will return for just one more 60 minute level before bagging up for the night.