ANZPT Gold Coast Day 2 - Everything Right For Wong

Posted at 00:32 2010-08-14

132 players took their seats in the Jupiters Poker Room today for Day 2 of the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast Event. And after seven levels of play just 42 remained with Hong Kong’s Nick Wong emerging as chip leader.

Darko Balaban entered the day with a big chip lead but was quickly caught by PokerNetwork’s own Ricky Kroesen and Dave Allan, while George Moussa was another to threaten the chip lead in the early goings as the players started to drop away.

We lost defending champion Scott Kerr as well as the most recent ANZPT champion in Julian Cohen. Another big name to fall was PokerStars Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem when his pocket jacks ran into the pocket queens of JP Yahn. Queensland is the only venue that Hachem has failed to cash, and his POY lead is now under threat if his nearest rival, John Maklouf, manages to reach the money tomorrow.

The big story of the day was with Hong Kong’s Nick Wong who started his surge when his pocket queens cracked the pocket aces of Tom “tollgate” Grigg. Wong jumped to the chip lead and maintained that advantage for most of the afternoon, until ending the day with a bang with the largest pot of the tournament.

It was Wong’s {kx}{qx} up against Nuno Da Silva’s {Qh}{th} on a flop of {ts}{jd}{qc}. The turn bricked but Wong spiked a king on the river to make a bigger two pair to cement his place as the man to catch on Day 3 with 376,500 chips.

here’s plenty of big name players still alive including 2009 APPT Sydney winner and PokerStars sponsored Aaron Benton (271,000), Liam O’Rourke (227,000), Joel Dodds (217,500), David Steicke (170,000), ANZPT Sydney champion Angelo Hamataj (153,000), John Maklouf (129,500), Dave Allan (123,500), Michael Spilkin (122,500), Dominic Coombe (114,000), Australian Poker Hall of Famer Maurie “The Master” Pears (72,500) and ANZPT Canberra champion Jason Gray (49,000).

Play will recommence at 11:30am local time tomorrow, with 42 survivors taking to the felt for Day 3 action. The bubble is likely to burst very shortly, as the players head towards the ANZPT Gold Coast final table.

* Photo courtesy of PokerStarsBlog

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