2012 PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Day 1a: Dave Allan Leads

Posted at 21:10 2012-07-24 by Barry Gallagher

The first flight of Day 1 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Queenstown Snowfest Main Event is in the books and what a day it was. In total 51 players came to the adventure capital of New Zealand to play today making it the largest single day field in the tournament's history. Each paid NZ$3,000 (roughly AUD$2,300) to get a seat at the SKYCITY Casino.

With 127 entries last year in this tournament, today's crowd gives the event a great chance of surpassing that total with two Day 1 flights still to come. PokerStars sent 55 online qualifiers alone so with that backing the tournament has a chance of being a big success; the prize pool should be huge!

Last year, Marcel Schreiner from Germany, won this tournament and the NZ$94,300 he earned then attracted some familiar faces to the felt today. World Series of Poker Bracelet holder Andrew Hinrichsen, current second place ANZPT Player of the Year and Treasury Poker Masters winner Mishel Anunu, Poker Millionaire and recently third place finisher at European Poker Tour San Remo Daniel Neilson and current third place ANZPT Player of the Year and fresh back from Las Vegas Didier Guerin were some of the faces in the crowd.

ANZPT Sydney 2011 Champion Michael Kanaan played one of the largest pots in the early part of the day. Kanaan five-bet shoved preflop with a mere {K-Hearts}{J-Spades} and was snapped off by Laurynas Levinskas with {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} for a pot of 35,000. Kanaan was already packing up until he binked on the turn as the board ran out {K-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{7-Spades}.

After losing a chunk of his chips early, Guerin lost the rest of his chips with two of the scheduled six levels remaining when got them all in with a pocket pair of nines but was out run by his opponents AQ. Kanaan managed another massive addition to his stack late in the day as he managed to hit a straight with the rather speculative {10-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and got paid by, yet again, by Laurynas Levinskas who made top two pair with {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and was unable to get away from it.

Kanaan finished the day third in chips with a stack of 88,350. Laurynas Levinskas had a tough day against Kanaan but remarkably he still finished the day fourth in chips with 84,625. David Allan bagged up the most with 98,200 and is the overall chip leader , whilst David Wonson finished close behind him with 92,575. Cannes bracelet winner Andrew Hinrichsen also remains in the survivors but has some work to do with 20,575.

Some of the players to bust out today include Neilson, Anunu, Guerin, Michael Egan and Minh Nguyen. At least they can console themselves with the beauty of Queenstown this evening.

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. 27 players have a stack to come back on Friday for Day 2 and can enjoy themselves until then.

Stay tuned to PokerNetwork tomorrow for full coverage of Day 1B.

Top 10 End of Day Chip Counts at ANZPT Queenstown

1David Allan98,200
2David Wonson92,575
3Michael Kanaan88,350
4Laurynas Levinskas84,625
5Antonin Duda79,450
6Fergus Spary67,250
7Greg Familton51,325
8Bobby Zhang47,700
9Cole Swannack37,950
10Richard Lancaster35,700

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