Main Event
Main Event
Day 1b completed

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

[user162117] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Ashley Mason 253,800 23,800
Dale Marsland au 172,200 104,200
Benjamin Benoit 140,800 140,800
John Thomson au 136,400 136,400
Aziz Youssef 118,900 118,900
Iori Yogo jp 118,300 98,300
Brendon Rubie au 117,700 -42,300
Robert Lam 107,200 107,200
Rasmus Buer 106,200 106,200
Donald Jones 92,200 92,200
Rick Solomon 91,300 91,300
Corbin White us 90,500 90,500
Desai Yesha 90,400 90,400
Zeljko Pejasinovic 89,100 89,100
Monica Huynh 80,300 80,300
Patrick Healy 80,100 50,100
Samir Khouiss 78,600 78,600
Hugh Cohen au 78,500 56,500
Luke Spano 77,200 77,200
John Kouriel 76,100 76,100
Patrick Crivell ca 75,800 75,800
Sebastian Pagana 67,800 67,800
Dominik Nitsche de 66,900 -38,100
Raymond Ruiz 66,100 66,100
Patrick Woodley 65,300 65,300

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ANZPT Sydney Day 1b Complete, Mason Towers Over the Rest

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
ANZPT Sydney Day 1b Chip Leader, Ashley Mason
ANZPT Sydney Day 1b Chip Leader, Ashley Mason

Day 1b of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Sydney Main Event attracted 254 players to the Star Casino. This brought the combined number of entries to 460, a mere one short of last year's event. A prize pool of AUD$920,000 was generated with first place paying an impressive AUD$226,300.

Eighty-nine players were left when the day was finished with Ashley Mason atop the chip counts with a monstrous stack of 253,800 in chips. He waited until the last level to accumulate much of this stack, after the short stacks at his table tried to fight against him. He will lead a 175-strong field coming into Day 2.

Recently back from his deep run at the World Poker Tour Bay 101 event in San Jose, Brendon Rubie was in Thursday’s field and will progress to Day 2. His day only went up, with a big hand in the last few levels giving him the chip lead for some time. He eventually finished with a respectable 117,700 in chips.

Snapping at Mason's heels, but a considerable way behind are Dale Marsland (172,200), Ben Benoit (140,800) and John Thomson (136,400). Iori Yogo, Patrick Healy, Jackson Zheng and Joe Cabret were also among the players who made it through Day 1b.

Some of the players who weren’t so fortunate included, Didier Guerin, Jonathan Karamalakis, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang, Tom English, Tom Grigg, Tony Hachem and 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event champion David Gorr.

Hachem arrived late to the tournament and didn’t last much longer after that. He lost half of his stack when his flopped two pair fell behind to Healy’s turned two pair. He then proceeded to get his remaining chip stack in with the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} on a {J-}{5-}{3-} flop with two clubs, and was up against {A-}{J-}. The board ran out with the {3-Spades} and {Q-Hearts} to see his day end.

Gorr was another who played tight throughout the day. He eventually got all his chips in holding the {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} and was called by the {A-Spades}{9-Spades}. When the board ran out {4-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, it saw Gorr exit the building.

ANZPT Sydney Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Ashley Mason253800
2Dale Marsland172200
3Benjamin Benoit140800
4John Thomson136400
5Aziz Youssef118900
6Iori Yogo118300
7Brendon Rubie117700
8Robert Lam107200
9Rasmus Buer106200
10Donald Jones92200

Be sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting team from 12:30 p.m. local time tomorrow as we bring you all the continued coverage from Day 2 of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.

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Final Three Hands

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The tournament Director has just announced that their will be three more hands dealt out before players bag up their chips for the night.

No Action

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The action has slowed right down, here in the poker room, as players are conserving their chips in hopes of making it into Day 2.

Guillen Almost Gone

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The last remaining PokerStars Team Pro, Angel Guillen, is almost out of the tournament after committing most of his chips preflop against his opponent.

Guillen: {A-Clubs}{8-Spades}
Opponent: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

The players tabled their cards, but it was Guillen’s opponent who was all in with his tournament on the line. His cards held though, as the board ran out {2-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{J-Spades}, to see Guillen drop to 2,000 in chips.

Angel Guillen mx 2,000 -28,000

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Zheng Pays to See

• Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

Action started with Jackson Zheng opening to 1,600 before facing a raise to 3,900 from the player on the button. He called, and both players saw the flop come {K-Hearts}{A-Spades}{10-Spades}. Both checked the {J-Diamonds} on the turn as the {2-Diamonds} fell on river. Zheng’s opponent threw out 10,000 in chips, and after a minute, was called.

His opponent tabled {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} for a straight, which brought upon and instant muck.

Jackson Zheng 22,000 -29,000

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Zalac Falling

• Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

We arrived at the table to see a player all in for his remaining 12,000 in chips, and finding a caller in Ivan Zalac.

Zalac: {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}
Opponent: {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}

Both players tabled their cards and watched as the board rolled out {Q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{K-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. Zalac was unable to catch the cards he needed, as his opponent found a much needed double-up.

Zalac is on the decline, with his stack falling to 20,000 in chips.

Ivan Zalac 20,000 -65,000

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