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2013 PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne Repechange Day 1c: Naftaly Takes Lead with Late Surge

Posted at 17:52 2013-06-02 by Mat Pater

The final Day 1 flight at the 2013 PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Melbourne Repechage Main Event came to a close on Saturday. There were a total of 367 entries on Day 1c, and while most of those actually took their seats, there were several no-shows, leaving thousands of dollars of dead-money in the prize pool.

After 13 levels of play, 37 advanced to join the 33 and 28 players from Day 1a and 1b, respectively, to form the 98-player Day 2 field. Some players from Day 1c who won’t be making an appearance on Day 2 include Liam O’Rourke, Ashley Warner, Jason Lee, David Gorr, Jai Kemp, David Zhao, Tom Grigg, Josh Bell, and James Obst, who busted in the final level of the day.

After a betting war pre-flop, Obst committed his 120,000 chip-stack holding {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} and was up against his opponent’s {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. When the hands were tabled, Obst stood up from his chair, and gathered his possessions. The flop fell {j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{A-Spades}, as Obst semi-motioned towards sitting down. The {K-Hearts} fell on the turn, but the {10-Hearts} on the river gave his opponent a straight, that would send Obst home with only 15 minutes left in the day.

Cale McLean vaulted to the top of the leaderboard after several decent sized pots during the latter stages of the day, but his position was taken away by Edo Naftaly. Naftaly was able to jump in front when he eliminated Tom Grigg in the last few hands of the day to finish with 416,500 in chips. Close behind Naftaly were McLean, Josh Barrett, Laurence Hall, Arnold Bathan and Dave Allen.

Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1c

PlacePlayerChips
1Edo Naftaly416,500
2Cale MacLean368,000
3Kwang Hau Nguyen344,000
4Nick Georgoulos337,500
5Josh Barrett328,500
6Alessio Maisano296,000
7Sam Georges286,000
8Ronald Beah257,000
9Arnold Bathan254,500
10Laurence Hall252,000

Everyone will be chasing Daniel Neilson, who finished Day 1b with 613,000, which towers over both Naftaly and Anthony Hachem’s Day 1a and Day 1c leading chip stacks.

The returning players hit the felt at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, all vying for the approximate first place prize of AU$181,000. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting team as we bring all the action from Day 2 of the 2013 ANZPT Melbourne Repechage Main Event.

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