Confirmed end of day chip counts
Flight 2 complete
Play has finished for the evening. Sam Ruha is the unconfirmed chip leader with 102k while Uzziah (not Isaiah!) Thomas is second with 91k. Official chip counts will be collated and advised as soon as possible. This is what we can confirm:
Day 2 will begin tomorrow at 12.30pm. Join us then for another big day of tournament poker.
The clock has been stopped with fifteen minutes left in the level. All tables will now play three more hands and then bag up their chips.
A few quick updates from the floor include:
– Graham ‘Kiwi G’ has been busted
– Tony Hachem registered late and now sits on 40k in chips
– Jarred Graham has registered even later that Hachem, starting his play towards the title from the last level possible (level 7)
– Michael ‘Pokerlife’ Tran has just hit the rail
– Chad Awerbuch continues his near leader performance with 65k in chips
– Chris ‘The Grinder’ Ayoub is grinding away as usual and hopes to emulate his finish in the Summer Series main event last year
– Jai Kemp remains alive and well with almost 40k in chips, and importantly always has an ice cold beer at hand
We caught the action where a player had gone all-in with Kh-Kc on a board of 5h-3h-6h-Qd and was called by 5s-5d. As the dealer attempted to reveal the river card it flipped out of control into the muck, face down. What should happen now? Well, staff were adamant they could not retrieve the card from the muck. Therefore, in very rare circumstances, the hand was declared void. With some conjecture, all players got their chips back and play starts again with a new hand.
Unconfirmed final numbers
Registration has now officially closed so the unconfirmed final entries for the day are 257. Yesterday’s flight had 188 entries, taking the total to approximately 445 for the tournament. This number will be confirmed by ANZPT staff after reconciling tables and registrations and we’ll advise when that’s made available.
Currently 162 players remain in the flight today. Those that can hold on for this final level will join the 84 players from yesterday who qualify for Day 2 tomorrow.
One more to go tonight
Players have returned from their short break for level 7 where blinds are 400/800 with an ante of 100.
Final break of the day
Players are on a 10-minute break. When they return they will play their last level of the night.
It’s all in the name of poker
Level 6 has provided some interest in that a table was brought to attention for potential collusion. As per a PokerNews post, a player has received an orbit penalty but the details are a little scratchy. We were able to personally hear a somewhat heated conversation between player and tournament staff (staff were calm by the way). The player was adamant that cards were not shown and wanted the camera to clear it all up. He was after an apology if he was right!
Also, a number of busts have occurred including $5k Challenge champion Elliot Smith, our pretty hat-wearing Dean Blatt, and Tom Grigg – who had been nursing a very small chip stack for several levels. It seemed his call for beers some time ago spelt the end but he just kept hanging around. Eventually he must have fallen off that cliff.
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Friday night tips (NRL and A-League):
NRL featured betting preview:
Brisbane Broncos (1-1) v North Queensland Cowboys (0-2); Suncorp Stadium; Brisbane, Qld; Friday, March 20, 7.35pm
The long-standing intrastate rivalry between Brisbane and North Queensland enters its 21st season when the Cowboys journey to Suncorp tonight. All the talk this week has been the treatment of Jonathan Thurston. The champion playmaker copped more than his fair share of roughhousing against the Knights last Saturday, leaving him battered and bruised after the game. Brisbane’s Corey Parker lit the pre-game fuse by warning his Maroons teammate to expect the same treatment inside the cauldron with the likes of Josh Maguire and Adam Blair unlikely to take a backwards step in pursuit of the 245-game veteran. â€¨â€¨
These sides have scored just 34 points combined in two games so far this season, and that’s where we’re playing tonight. Anthony Milford looks as if he’s struggling to adapt at five eighth which is having a domino effect through their entire attack. It’s a similar story for the Cowboys, with Robert Lui dropped in favour of Michael Morgan in an attempt to kick-start their own attack. Recent clashes at Suncorp Stadium have been tight affairs. The past six games have been decided by six points or less with Brisbane winning four of them.â€¨
Confirmed bet: Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys -38 (one unit @ $1.93)
A-League featured betting preview:
Sydney FC (10-8-3, 38 pts) v Melbourne City (7-6-8, 27 pts); Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW; Friday, March 20, 7.40pmâ€¨
Sydney FC’s run since the Asian Cup has been pretty impressive. They’re unbeaten, and have scored 25 goals in their past seven matches and have climbed from fifth to second spot in the past month. Marc Janko has scored 12 goals in his last seven Hyundai A-League games for Sydney. A win here and the Sky Blues will ascend top spot for at least 48 hours until Wellington play Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
If there’s one concern for coach Graham Arnold it’s at the back, where they have leaked 14 goals in those past seven matches. City’s up-and-down season continued with a huge win over the Jets last week, following back-to-back defeats against the Wanderers and Mariners. A defeat would deal their hopes of playing in the finals a big blow with John van ‘t Schip’s side currently holding a two-point buffer on Brisbane but the Roar have two games in hand. Josh Kennedy will miss the trip for City with a hip injury, meaning David Williams is most likely to lead the attack. City are winless in five away games (D1 L4), failing to score in four of those.
Confirmed bet: Sydney FC WIN v Melbourne City (one unit @ $1.88)
Counts early in level 6 are as follows:
|Chad Awerbuch (pictured)||80,000|
|Graham ‘Kiwi G’ Putt||17,000|
Blinds are up
Play has reached level 6 where blinds are 300/600 with an ante of 75.
No cigar this year
2013 Star Poker Summer Series main event winner Tristan Bain has been knocked out of the ANZPT main event. Bain started the hand with 17k and pre-flop made it 2200 to go. Terence Clee called and they saw a flop of 9d-4h-3d. Clee bet 4k, Bain went all-in for his remaining 14k which Clee called after a count. Bain turned over 4c-10 for middle pair while Clee tabled 5d-6d for a flush and straight draw. The turn was good for Clee as it fell Jd, the river an Ac. Bain was sent to the rail while Clee has 43k in chips.
Break is over, blinds are up
Players have returned from their short break to face level 5 with blinds 200/400 with an ante of 50. There are three levels remaining in play today.
Towards the end of level 4 chip stacks were as follows:
|Graham ‘Kiwi G’ Putt||23,000|
Players are on a 10-minute break. Currently 207 players remain of 255 entries for the day.
The pressure is on
Our dark horse mentioned earlier, Carl ‘Salty’ Saltalamaccia (pictured) has seen the spare seat to his immediate right taken by a player of poker royalty. Leo Boxell has brought Wally (see note below) and his chips to the table, so it’ll be a big test for Salty to see how he combats a man with such experience.
Get out of bed
It was nice to see Jai Kemp walk into the room and take a seat at the table. He’s left his registration reasonably late but perhaps it’s part of his master plan? No excuse for not being well rested, Kemp is seated two places to the right of our fashionable Dean Blatt.
Poker players would admit that they’re a strange bunch. And at the table you see all kinds of card protectors or motivators to provide company over the many hours at the table. For Australian Poker Hall of Famer Leo Boxell (pictured), he’s been bringing ‘Wally the Wombat’ to tournaments for many years. While Wally would be getting a little long in the tooth, his wife Bev did let the wombat out of the bag – it’s probably Wally #865 given how many times he’s been forgotton at home! Let’s hope this Wally is lucky for Boxell here. He currently sits on 36k in chips.
We asked Dean Blatt (pictured) if there was a particular reason for wearing his chosen hat today. He remarked, “because I think it looks good.” I guess we should agree! He’s currently sitting on about 30k in chips.
Blinds are up
Play has reached level 4 where blinds are 150/300 with an ante of 25. 218 players remain from the 251 entries. The average stack is just over $23k.
Here are some chip counts midway through level 3:
|Graham ‘Kiwi G’ Putt||22,000|
Bring it on
â€¨Players are back from their break to face level 3 where blinds are 100/200 with an ante of 25 now introduced. Entries currently sit at 249 for the day with 230 remaining.
Time for a kit kat
Players are on their first break, this one for 20 minutes. Currently there are 247 entries. There have been some busts so we’ll confirm numbers when staff have been able to reconcile the tables.
A somewhat fortunate player who won’t necessarily want to be named, remains alive. In pre-flop action, player X shoved for his remaining 8k and received a call. Player X tabled 9s-9h to his opponent’s Ax-Ay. The board ran out Qh-Qs-4h-Kh and…..an 8h on the river to make a flush for player X. He’s now alive with 16k in chips and may be named if he continues to build his stack!
It’s getting tight
Midway through the second level there are 245 entries for the day. Star Poker room staff will be considering the shutting of the final two cash table to accommodate further registrations in the Main Event.
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First one down, six to go
The first level has ended. 234 players have entered and no confirmed busts have been recorded. Level 2 brings blinds of 100/200.
Who’s in the field today?
Those we’ve noticed in the field as we walk the tables include Dean Blatt, Sheldon Mayer, Andrew Scarf, Luke Brabin, Michel Bouskila, Adrian Salter, Jono Karamalikis, John Thomson, Steve Pappas, Roy Vandersluis, Chad Awerbuch, Trevor Saunders, Michael Doodson, Manny Stavropoulos, Tony Kondevski, Tom Rafferty, Mike Ivan, Sam Khouiss, Suzy Khoueis, Joel Cohen, Michael Tran, Rory Young and Leo Boxell.
We’ve not located Tony Hachem as yet but spoke to him yesterday who said he’ll be playing today. There’s also a dark horse in the field today – Carl ‘Salty’ Saltalamaccia from Melbourne. While he’ll be trying to keep a low profile, we’ll aim to put the pressure on him for a strong performance.
The field is building
There are currently 204 players registered within the first 15 minutes of play, with the very real potential for a sell-out flight today. The maximum is around 260 players, playing 10-handed.
Within the first three minutes of play we’ve heard an all-in call announced. We made it to the table to see the two players chopping the pot. That could have been a very short day for one player!
Play has started on time with blinds starting at 50/100. Play will continue through the end of seven levels today, finishing near 8pm. Registration will remain open until the end of the third break, after level 6.
Welcome to the ANZPT Sydney Main Event
Welcome to our coverage of the 2015 ANZPT series live from The Star poker room in Sydney. Today sees the second of two Main Event Day 1 flights with play scheduled to get under way at 12.30pm. The tournament buy-in is $2300, levels will increase every hour and players will start with 20,000 in chips.
84 players qualified for Day 2 from the first flight yesterday, from a starting field of 188 players. Those 84 players will join the qualifiers from today for Day 2 on Saturday March 21.
Last year’s main event saw 458 entrants play for a near $1m prize pool. The most recent Star Poker Summer Series Main Event attracted 345 at a $3,000 entry point, so participation is expected to be solid yet again. With a near sell-out field of 260 today, the total entries could almost reach that of last year.
Last year’s winner, Joshua Redhouse, was crowded champion for over $130,000 after a four-way deal was done. He joined Dinish Alt who won in 2013 and Gordon Huntly, the 2012 winner, who have made recent ANZPT Sydney history.
So stay tuned for a big afternoon of tournament poker.