Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Day 1b of the PokerStars.net 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 on a flop with two clubs, and was up against . The board ran out with the and to see his day end.
Gorr was another who played tight throughout the day. He eventually got all his chips in holding the and was called by the . When the board ran out , it saw Gorr exit the building.
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The tournament Director has just announced that their will be three more hands dealt out before players bag up their chips for the night.
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.
The last remaining PokerStars Team Pro, Angel Guillen, is almost out of the tournament after committing most of his chips preflop against his opponent.
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 , to see Guillen drop to 2,000 in chips.
With just under an hour left in today's play, Ashley Mason has won a big pot to leap past Brendon Rubie, straight into the chip lead.
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 . Both checked the on the turn as the fell on river. Zheng’s opponent threw out 10,000 in chips, and after a minute, was called.
His opponent tabled for a straight, which brought upon and instant muck.
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.
Both players tabled their cards and watched as the board rolled out . 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.