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Day 1a completed

Posted 2012-07-25 GMT+12

Main Event
Day 1a completed

The Snowfest Sees David Allan Lead Record-Setting Day 1a

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12 • Level 6: 200-400, 25 ante
Chip leader - David Allan
Chip leader - David Allan

That’s a wrap here on Day 1a of the 2012 Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Queenstown Snowfest Main Event. A huge day saw 51 players pony up the NZ$3,000 entry fee, creating the largest single-day field for this event in its history. This amount of participants sets us on target to reach a field of around 150 players, easily surpassing the 127 entries of last year’s event.

Plenty of the best players from around the region started the day, but as is standard in poker tournaments, not all players can survive. Some of those who hit the rail during the day include Michael Egan, Tristan Bain, Minh Nguyen, Daniel Neilson and Jackson Zheng.

Managing to do better than the above players were the likes of Richard Lancaster, David Wonson and 2011 ANZPT Sydney champion, Michael Kanaan as they will make their way to Day 2 with plenty of chips to scare. While these players had a successful day, it was David Allan who managed to prosper and emerge as the chip leader. A great afternoon for Allan, perhaps better known for his online screen name "dave798111", will see him start Day 2 with 98,200 in chips, an amount which will give him a good chance of making a run at the title.

Also surviving the day and still in contention include Cole Swannack, Ryan Hong, Ryan Boswell and World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner, Andrew Hinrichsen. All in all, it was 27 players who bagged up some chips and will return for Friday’s Day 2. Make sure to join us from 12:30 PM tomorrow as Day 1b will take centre stage. Until then, poker fans!

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12
Chip Counts
David Allan 98,200 78,200 pos
David Wonson 92,575 -32,425 neg
Michael Kanaan 88,350 68,350 pos
Laurynas Levinskas 84,625 51,625 pos
Antonin Duda 79,450
Fergus Spary 67,250 -12,750 neg
Greg Familton 51,325 18,325 pos
Bobby Zhang 47,700 24,700 pos
Cole Swannack 37,950 17,950 pos
Richard Lancaster 35,700 15,700 pos
Stuart Youngson 34,800
Ernie Pelecudis 34,200
Ryan Boswell 33,275 13,275 pos
Erich Stadler 29,725
Chiu Yeung Lee 28,150
David Bonham 21,600
Andrew Hinrichsen 20,575 575 pos
Ryan Hong 20,300 300 pos
Tarek Elsaka 18,500
Stefan Stojkovic 17,400
Ben Barclay 15,850 -4,150 neg
Rikki Papesch 13,975
Mark Griffiths 11,675 -6,325 neg
Nathan Gray 11,475
Cecil Driver 11,250

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Allan Picks Off a Bluff

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12

Dave Allan has just landed a severe blow to the tournament of Richard Lancaster after making a remarkable read and river call to leave the Kiwi, and the rest of the table, rather stunned.

We arrived on the turn but it was recalled to us that Allan had bet 1,200 on the flop of {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} and Lancaster called in position on the button. The turn brought the {4-Clubs} and Allan let go with another bet, this time for 3,350. Lancaster responded with a raise to 7,500 with Allan spending a few minutes in the think-tank before making the call.

The river brought the {5-Spades} to put four to a straight on board. Allan checked and Lancaster reached for 9,500 and tossed it forwards. Allan gave a shrug and quickly flicked out a call. Lancaster gave a smile through clenched teeth as he opened {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} for just ace high. Allan took a moment to make sure his opponent had nothing before he revealed {a-Spades}{5-Diamonds} for just a lowly pair of fives.

“That’s why I don’t win tournaments, because I can never call there!” exclaimed one player at the table.

Allan gave another shrug as he raked in the healthy pot to end the day with around 90,000 as Lancaster slips to 38,000.

Chip Counts
David Allan 90,000 70,000 pos
Richard Lancaster 38,000 18,000 pos

Last Hands of the Night

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12 • Level 6: 200-400, 25 ante

The tournament clock has been paused as just four more hands will be dealt at each table before the chips are bagged up for the night. Stay tuned for a wrap of the day's action, along with the end-of-day chip counts when they are made available.

The Four Big Ones

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12

With just four full tables of nine still remaining on Day 1a of the ANZPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event, here are the four big stacks in the room.

Chip Counts
David Wonson 100,000 5,000 pos
David Allan 80,000 26,000 pos
Michael Kanaan 80,000 10,000 pos
Fergus Spary 70,000 -10,000 neg

Swannack Wins A Few Late

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12

Cole Swannack finished up as the chip leader on Day 1a of this event last year, and while it's looking like that will be unlikely to happen tonight, he is certainly in good shape to survive the day.

We recently watched Swannack fire out a bet of 2,400 against one opponent on a {4-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{7-Spades}{9-Spades}. When his opponent called, Swannack said "king-jack," as he tabled {k-Spades}{j-Hearts}. "Close," his opponent replied, turning over his {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Swannack held the better kicker and raked in the nice little pot.

Chip Counts
Cole Swannack 36,000

Big Hand, Small Pot for Zhang

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12

Facing an open-raise from middle position, Bobby Zhang raised it up to 2,250 on the button. His opponent made the call and the flop landed {a-Spades}{7-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}.

Action checked to Zhang who bet a moderate 1,800. His opponent called before both checked the {10-Spades} turn. The river was a scary looking {j-Diamonds} and again both players checked it down. Zhang tabled {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} to take it down.

“I could’ve bet the river I guess, but I don’t think you call,” said Zhang as he raked in the pot.

“I could raise...” replied his opponent.

“Yeh, you could,” acknowledged Zhang as he was happy enough to keep the pot under control as he moves up to 40,000.

Chip Counts
Bobby Zhang 40,000 19,000 pos

Allan Knocks One Away

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12

Wandering past David Allan's table and we noticed he was busy eliminating a short-stacked player. The hand in question saw all the chips getting in the middle preflop, with Allan holding {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} against the at-risk player's {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}.

The {9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{j-Spades} board was good for Allan, seeing more chips added to his stack late here on Day 1a, while another player was sent to the rail.

Chip Counts
David Allan 54,000 4,000 pos

Fergus Feeling Flushy

Posted 2012-07-24 GMT+12

Fergus Spary has landed a big double up through David Wonson, but if there was one player who could afford to lose an 80,000-chip pot, it was our chip leader.

We didn’t catch the action but the final result said it all. It was flush over flush on a board of {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} with Wonson’s {q-Hearts}{6-Hearts} giving a double up to Spary with his {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}.

“He doesn’t own Fergburger,” said Danny McDonagh on the microphone. “They just named it after him.”

Spary is now up to 80,000 with Wonson still in the lead with a stack of 95,000.

Chip Counts
David Wonson 95,000 -15,000 neg
Fergus Spary 80,000
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Winner David Allan
Winning Hand ♠10♠6
Prize 110,600

Level Info

Level 6
Blinds 200 / 400
Ante 25

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