Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Exactly 22 players have just bagged up some varying sized chip stacks and made their way into the icy cold night of this beautiful little New Zealand mountain town. Leading the way with 85,900 chips and enough to call himself the ANZPT Queenstown Day 1b chip leader is Daniel Laidlaw.
It all began with just one less player than yesterday’s action as there were 39 entrants on Day 1b. As mentioned, only 22 of those survived, meaning plenty hit the rail throughout the day. Some of those we are referring to include Michael Guzzardi, Ken Demlakian, Pravin Harji and the reigning ANZ Player of the Year Mishel Anunu.
While the above failed to progress to Friday’s Day 2, players such as Daniel Neilson, Casey Kastle, Michael Fadersen and Dean Schneider were able to survive and a few of them even thrived. For a short while the chip lead was simply a two-player race between Daniel Levy and Laidlaw, but eventually Laidlaw edged away and held quite a handy lead over both Levy and Luke Brabin. Be sure to check out all the end-of-day chip counts below this post here in the live reporting blog.
That’s all for tonight from us here at PokerNews, but we will be back at it from 12.30 p.m. local time tomorrow, so make sure to join us then!
The clock has been stopped and the players have been told to deal four more hands before calling it a night.
Be sure to check back to find out who is the chip leader. It's look like a two-player race between Daniel Laidlaw and Daniel Levy, but we will have to wait and see.
The final hand of Mishel Anunu's ANZPT Queenstown Main Event started with Daniel Neilson opening it up to 800 from the cutoff. Anunu then moved all in from the button, at which point Matty Yates got all his chips in from the small blind. Back around to Neilson and he folded his cards. Yates had Anunu covered by a small amount and below is how the cards looked.
The was a good one for Yates, while the meant that Anunu had a few extra outs. The river however wasn't what Anunu was looking for and just like that the reigning ANZ Player of the Year was sent to the rail.
Yates now has a little over starting stack after falling quite short earlier in the day. Yates finished 2nd in this event back in 2011 when Marcel Schreiner was the champion.
Daniel Laidlaw has had a great day at the felt and now has a significant chip lead during this last level of the day. Laidlaw's most recent exploits saw the prominent Aussie send Pravin Harji to the rail. Harji was all in preflop holding against the of Laidlaw and a would be of no help to Harji as the the former ANZPT Auckland final tablist was sent home. Following Harji's elimination, Laidlaw's stack reached 85,000.
Luke Brabin, Mishel Anunu and Michael Guzzardi has swelled the pot to over 4,000 by the time we arrived to find the three players involved in a hand on a flop. Anunu was first to act and opted to check. Guzzardi then bet 1,700 and it was on Brabin, who raised it up to 4,600. Anunu quickly folded and the action was back on Guzzardi. After a few moments Guzzardi moved all in for under 10,000. Brabin quickly called and the two players turned their hands over.
Guazzardi had top-two pair, but had ran into the flopped straight of Brabin. The turn gave Guazzrdi some extra outs to a chopped pot, but the was of no help and just like that Guzzardi was sent home.
The players are back from their break and the cards are back in the air.
Just 60 minutes until Day 1b of the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event is all over.
The players have been sent on their final 10-minute break of the day.
One more level when we get back!