It was a full house on Day 1b of the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event as a capacity field of 140 players plus ten alternates crammed into the Jupiters Poker Room for their shot at Australian poker glory. After eight levels of play that number had been culled to just 63 survivors.
Some of those who fell along the way included Andrew Scarf, John Caridad, Tyron Krost, Brendan Rubie, Mike Ivin and Jamie Pickering.
At the other end of the spectrum, PokerStars qualifier Darko Balaban was doing his best to win every chip in the room after a dominant day on the felt. Balaban was quiet early but stormed ahead in the later stages of play with a couple of massive pots to end the day with 203,150 chips. To put it into perspective, no one yesterday was about to reach six figures, so Balaban will take a massive chip lead into day two play.
Nick Wong (124,025) was the only other player to reach six figures, while Anthong Grange (90,725), Danny Silk (82,400) and Mark James (82,250) rounded out the top five from today’s field.
In a battle for the title of “Mr Consistency”, PokerStars Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem found himself on the same table as John Maklouf who is gunning for his fourth consecutive ANZPT final table. Not surprisingly, both had “consistent” days on the felt with Hachem ending with 58,150 and Maklouf with 50,700.
Some of the other notables to survive include Peter Aristidou (61,500), Aaron Benton (57,700), Chris Levick (56,475), Sally Clarke (49,275), Angelo Hamataj (48,700), David Steicke (45,650), Sheldon (41,250), Michael Spilkin (41,050), Jason Gray (23,200), Raj Ramakrishnan (20,800), Billy Argyros (18,225) and Karl Krautschneider (2,500).
132 players will return tomorrow for Day 2 action with play recommencing at 11:30am local time.
* Photo courtesy of PokerStarsBlog
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Darko Balaban dominates Day 1b at the ANZPT Gold Coast
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