With an aim of eclipsing the 207-player mark set in the inaugural running of this event last year, a solid turnout of 44 players for the first of three starting days would put the tournament on track for this mark. New Zealand locals such as Kevin Clark, Jack Efaraimo and Constantin Harach would lead the likes of Leo Boxell, Jesse McKenzie, Raj Ramakrishnan and Dean Blatt in today’s field.
Only seven levels of play would be planned for the day with no dinner break for the players, and unfortunately for Efaraimo he would be one of the first casualties after having a few big hands cracked early. McKenzie would be the next to fall when he called all-in on a with but would be outdone by his opponent’s as the first break of the day was had.
As Jean Tae and Eric Chang begin chipping up, Australian Hall of Fame member Boxell would find himself on the rail before Tae would follow when his flush draw couldn’t get there against Clark’s pocket jacks. Ramakrishnan and Clark would round out the eliminations as the day concluded with Chang leading the remaining 22 players into Day 2.
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Day 1b is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. local time with the PokerNews Live Reporting Team providing live updates from SKYCITY Auckland Casino and the ANZPT Auckland Main Event.
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