STAR POKER: Benson bounds to chip lead on day 1A of ANZPT Main Event

Australian Poker Hall of Fame foundation inductee and WSOP bracelet winner Gary Benson turned back the clock to top the chip count after the opening day one flight of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event at Star Poker last night.

Shaping up as one of the biggest ANZPT fields in the tour’s five-year history, an impressive tally of 209 players took their seats last night hoping to progress to day two with 86 managing to fulfil those ambitions after eight one-hour levels.

Among the list of players to take their seats were some of the biggest names in Australian and world poker including WSOP bracelet winners Jeff Lisandro and Mel Judah, American phenom Dan djk123 Kelly, Star Poker’s Grant Levy, ANZPT Sydney PLO champion Jackie Glazier, PMA Special Event winner Errolyn Strang and a host of Australia’s elite young talent including Daniel Neilson, Michael Kanaan, Liam O’Rourke, Kristian Lunardi and Victor Teng.

Benson boasts a monstrous stack of 193,000 with Jean Pierre Besancon (138,500), Benjamin Zhang (114,200) and Cathal Shine (101,100) the only other players to finish in six figures.

The list of players who hit the rail during the evening’s play included Eric Assadourian, Michael Guzzardi, Jordan Westmorland, Jai Kemp, Jackie Glazier, Mel Judah, Liam O’Rourke, John Caridad and Kristian Lunardi.

We’ve been told that there are already around 180 players registered for today’s second flight, which means the field will push towards a total of 450.

It shapes as another huge day here at The Star so make sure you join Ben Blaschke and Chris Murphy once more on PokerMedia Australia from 12.30pm as they bring you all the action from day 1B of the 2013 ANZPT Sydney Main Event.

ANZPT Sydney $2200 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (209 players; 86 players progress to day 2) end of day 1A chip count

Gary Benson 193,000
Jean Pierre Besancon 138,500
Benjamin Zhang 114,200
Cathal Shine 101,100
Carmelo Auditore 94,000
Sam Capra 93,300
Adrian Browning 88,700
Toby Ryall 81,300
Adam Carlton 79,900
Martin Ward 78,900
Michael Fadersen 74,200
Ken Demlakian 73,500
Nicholas Heather 71,900
Richard Theobald 69,300
Paul Wilson 68,200
Ebon Bokody 67,500
Mathew Rolfe 67,100
Martin Kozlov 67,000
John Apostolidis 66,700
Bruce Hall 65,500
Dmitriy Tymoshenko 64,500
Ricky Kroesen 63,800
Michael Kanaan 59,800
Haki Sejnovski 59,500
Xin Zhao 59,000
Errolyn Strang 59,000
Daniel Chevalier 58,000
Claudio Godoy Bize 57,500
Yu Liang Zhong 56,800
Marc Liddell 55,700
Karl Spiegel 55,400
Karam Bahi 53,300
Phillip Willcocks 52,400
David Campion 51,300
Jeffrey Lisandro 51,000
Ryan McKay 50,200
Pankaj Gogia 49,900
Dean Yuen 49,600
Victor Teng 48,700
Marty Spargo 48,000
Stewart Ballard 47,200
Peter Zabow 46,600
Paul Wilcox 46,300
Alexander Lynskey 46,000
Kahle Burns 44,800
Jason Lee 44,700
Matviy Bilenky 42,200
Player did not report 40,900
Nabil Edgtton 40,300
Daryl Hussey 38,200
Jason Feist 37,400
Alexander Antonios 36,500
Dejan Divkovic 35,700
Ryan Freeman 35,500
Joseph Vinecombe 35,500
Mir Moghimi 35,400
Daniel Neilson 35,000
Zachary Tunbridge 34,600
Ben Gilholme 32,500
Daniel Kelly 31,600
Emanuel Seal 30,700
Luke Brabin 30,400
Dale Townsend 30,400
David Bainy 30,200
Stelios Yenoffkian 29,500
Marcial Dias 29,500
Matt Langdon 29,100
Fady Alam 28,500
Grant Levy 27,000
Siyu Sha 26,900
Ramin Mansour-Seperghan 23,700
Dinesh Alt 23,000
Geoff Mooney 22,800
Jozef Ricciardello 22,200
Marinos Catopodis 22,200
Julius Lambert 22,200
Dimitri Gotsu 21,700
Colin Franklin 20,200
Andre Dowling 17,800
David Hirst 14,100
Craig Blight 13,700
Sebastian Baade 12,600
Sam Lucisano 9400
Elisabeth Zhang 9300
Cieran Sharpe 9200
John Learmont 7100

What’s coming up at ANZPT Sydney

March 22

12.30pm Event 7: $2200 ANZPT No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 1 flight 2 (start stack 20,000, 60-minute levels)

March 23

12.30pm Event 7: $2200 ANZPT No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 2
4pm $550 Mega Satellite to $5K No Limit Hold’em Challenge Mega Satellite

March 24

12.30pm Event 8: $330 Mixed Pot Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em
2pm Event 7: $2200 ANZPT No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 3/final table
4pm Event 9: $5000 No Limit Hold’em Challenge

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