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Day 1a completed

Hachem Emerges as the ANZPT Melbourne Repechage Day 1a Chip Leader

• Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Anthony Hachem at the 2013 Aussie Millions. ANZPT Melbourne Day 1a Chip Leader
Anthony Hachem at the 2013 Aussie Millions. ANZPT Melbourne Day 1a Chip Leader

After thirteen tough levels of poker, the first of three Day 1 flights has come to an end here at the 2013 ANZPT Melbourne Repechage Main Event. A total of 224 players (including a number of no-shows) invested the $1,100 buy-in and at the end of the night, approximately 33 had survived. Of those players it was Anthony Hachem who managed to bag up the largest stack, as he will now take 386,000 in chips into Sunday’s Day 2.

It was an extremely stacked field that took their seats tonight, with some of the best players in the region partaking in the action. These included David Allan, Benn Skender, Liam O’Rourke, Andrew Hinrichsen, Tom Grigg, Michael Kanaan, Jarrod Glennon, Tom Wing, Jackie Glazier, Trung Tran, and Michael Fadersen. Of these players, Allan, Skender, O’Rourke, Hinrichsen, Grigg, Kanaan and Glennon weren’t able to survive the night, while the rest are still in contention.

Some of the other players who survived the night and secured a Day 2 berth include Martin Cardno, Luke Brabin, Eric Assadourian, Jie Gao and Iori Yogo. Joining Hachem at the top of the chip counts are the likes of Gautam Dhingra (203,000), Dale Marsland (202,000), Aron Joyce (190,500), and Patrick Healy (165,000). A full list of surviving players and chip counts will be posted once they are made available.

Be sure to join us from 2:10 PM local time on Friday as we bring you all the live coverage from Day 1b of the ANZPT Melbourne Repechage Main Event.

Final Three Hands

• Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

With five minutes left on the tournament clock, the tournament director has just advised the remaining players, that they will play three more hands before completion of play.

Yogo Doubles Late

• Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

We didn't catch the action, but both Iori Yogo and his opponent committed the remainder of their chips in pre-flop. Yogo held {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and was up against {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}. The board ran out {3-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{4-Hearts} giving Yogo the win with a set of nines, and after a quick count of the stacks, had his opponent covered, sending him to the rail.

Iori Yogo jp 125,000 70,000

Fadersen Goes for a Double KO

• Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Nearing the end of play, Michael Fadersen had the chance to eliminate two players. It started with the player in the hijack moving all in for his last 22,500, before the player on the button moved all in for his last 35,500 in chips. The decision was on Michael Fadersen on the big blind, who after a little talk to himself, made the call, as all three players tabled their cards.
Fadersen: {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

Hijack: {K-Hearts}{5-Clubs}
Button: {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}

The board ran out {4-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} to see Fadersen drop down to 68,000 in chips, as one player received more than a double-up, and another was sent to the rail.

Michael Fadersen 68,000 -17,000

Tran Gives Up

• Level 13: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The hand started with Trung Tran opening to 6,500, and finding a call from the small blind as well as Tom Wing in the big blind. The flop came {8-Clubs}{K-Spades}{2-Hearts}, and the player in the small blind led out for 11,000. Wing mucked his cards, and Tran called, as the {J-Spades} fell on the turn. Again Tran called a bet of 21,000 from his opponent, as the {7-Hearts} completed the board. This time Tran could not call a bet of 35,000, as he mucked his cards, dropping his stack down to 110,000 in chips.

Trung Tran us 110,000 -35,000

Hachem is King

• Level 12: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

We’ve just seen the biggest pot of the tournament unfold and it’s no surprise to see it’s gone the way of a Hachem. It’s not Joe and it’s not Tony, but it’s Joe’s son Anthony who has stormed to the top of the counts in a brutal hand against Gautam Dhingra.

The action started with a raise from Dhingra. Hachem three-bet to 15,000 before Dhingra four-bet to 37,000. Hachem then declared himself all in and Dhingra snap-called!

Hachem: {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}
Dhingra: {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}

Wow! There were 350,000 chips in the middle in the ultimate cooler, but the drama only intensified when the flop landed {6-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} to see Hachem spike a set to the disgust of Dhingra who stood and walked away from the table. The {3-Spades} turn and {6-Spades} river saw Hachem double up into the chip lead with Dhingra still in good shape with 95,000, but only a fraction of what might have been.