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Main Event
Day 1a completed

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

[user162117] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Gary Benson au 193,000 193,000
Jean Pierre Besancon 138,500 138,500
Benjamin Zhang 114,200 114,200
Cathal Shine ie 101,100 101,100
Carmelo Auditore 94,000 94,000
Sam Capra au 93,300 93,300
Adrian Browning 88,700 88,700
Toby Ryall 81,300 81,300
Adam Carlton 79,900 79,900
Martin Ward au 78,900 78,900
Michael Fadersen 74,200 74,200
Ken Demlakian au 73,500 73,500
Nicholas Heather 71,900 71,900
Richard Theobald 69,300 69,300
Paul Wilson 68,200 28,200
Ebon Bokody au 67,500 67,500
Mathew Rolfe 67,100 67,100
Martin Kozlov au 67,000 55,000
John Apospolidis 66,700 66,700
Bruce Hall 65,500 65,500
Dmitriy Tymoshenko 64,500 64,500
Ricky Kroesen au 63,800 13,800
Michael Kanaan au 59,800 -10,200
Haki Sejnovski 59,500 59,500
Xin Zhao 59,000 59,000

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ANZPT Sydney Day 1a Complete, Gary Benson Leads

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
ANZPT Sydney Day 1a Chip Leader, Gary Benson
ANZPT Sydney Day 1a Chip Leader, Gary Benson

Day 1a of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Sydney Main Event attracted 209 players to The Star Casino. When the day was finished, 86 players were left with Gary Benson atop the chip counts with a stack of 193,000 in chips. Sitting on the other side of the casino, he went relatively unnoticed for much of the day, but was able to win numerous pots to have him top the leader board.

ANZPT Perth Main Event champion Dejan Divkovic was in Thursday’s field and will progress to Day 2. His day was up and down, but a big hand involving Jie Gao towards the end of the day pushed him back up the leader board. He eventually finished with a respectable 37,500 in chips.

Snapping at Benson's heels, but a considerable way behind, are Jean Pierre Besancon (138,500), Benjamin Zhang (114,200) and Cathal Shine (101,000). Tobin Ryall, Michael Fadersen, Martin Kozlov, Ricky Kroesen and Michael Kanaan were also among the players who made it through Day 1a.

Some of the players who weren’t so fortunate included Liam O’Rourke, Michael Guzzardi, John Caridad, Kristian Lunardi and 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event fifth-place finisher Jarrod Glennon.

Lunardi moved all in on a turn after making a queen-high straight holding {A-}{Q-}, but he ran into the {K-}{Q-} of Paul Wilson who had the higher straight. Drawing to chop, it never never came, and Lunardi was eliminated.

Glennon picked the wrong time to make a bluff when he forced his opponent all in on a queen-high board holding {A-}{J-}. His opponent had top pair and made the call to take a chunk of chips from Glennon. A few hands later, Glennon was unlucky when he moved all in with his short stack holding pocket kings, but was unable to improve against an opponent who held pocket aces.

Sydney ANZPT Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

1Gary Benson193000
2Jean Pierre Besancon138500
3Benjamin Zhang114200
4Cathal Shine101100
5Carmelo Auditore94000
6Sam Capra93300
7Adrian Browning88700
8Toby Ryall81300
9Adam Carlton79900
10Martin Ward78900

Day 1b is set to kick off later on Friday at 12:30 p.m. AEDT, and there are approximately 165 already in the system.

Be sure to head right back here to the PokerNews Live Reporting pages for all of your up-to-the-minute tournament updates.

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Two More Hands

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

With 15 minutes left on the clock, the remaining players will play two more hands before the end of play.

Who Will Finish the Leader

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

With just under 20 minutes to go before the end of play, several players are sitting on 100,000 chips stacks. It will be interesting to see who will overcome the others, and take the honour of finishing Day 1a chip leader.

Ryall Loses the Lead

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We arrived at the table to see Tobin Ryall with a stack of chips pushed out in front of him, with his opponent already all in. The board read {2-Spades}{A-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}, and Ryall tabled {A-Hearts}{9-Spades} but was crushed when his opponent tabled {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, for a running full house. The 80,000 chip pot moved away from the once chip leader, as his stack drops down to 90,000 in chips.

Tobin Ryall 90,000 -50,000

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O'Rourke Out

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We're unsure of what happened, but Liam O'Rourke was just eliminated from the tournament. He didn't seem phased though, as he was just spotted having a good laugh with Daniel Neilson at a neighbouring table.

Liam O'Rourke au Busted

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Glazier Survives

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Arriving at the table, we found Jackie Glazier all in for her remaining 6,200 in chips and having one caller. The cards were tabled, and it was Glazier’s {j-Spades}{9-Spades} up against her opponents {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}.

“I’m really sorry if I give you another bad beat,” apologised Glazier.

The flop came {2-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{K-Spades}, giving Glazier a flush draw. The turn fell the {10-Spades}, completing her flush, but giving her opponent outs to a full house. The river bricked the {9-Clubs}, allowing Glazier to double back up to 15,000 in chips, as her opponent could only sit back and ponder what might’ve been.

Jackie Glazier au 15,000 -3,000

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Commanding Chip Leader

• Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

Our chip leader has gone unnoticed until now. Tobin Ryall was just moved to the group of tables near the media desks, bringing with him a very large stack. After a quick count, it was determined that his 140,000 chip stack was the largest in the room, surpassing the next biggest by nearly 50,000 in chips.

After a quick chat with his rail, we found out that he was gifted a double-up when sitting on 60,000 when his opponent shoved on the river with the board reading {A-}{K-}{8-}{A-}{8-}, holding only {Q-}{J-}, losing to the {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts} in his possession.

Tobin Ryall 140,000

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