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ANZPT Queenstown Day 1a Ends With Michael Chon Leading

Posted at 19:45 2013-07-30 by Matthew Pitt

The first of three starting flights in the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Queenstown Main Event is in the bag after a brief yet explosive day at the SKYCITY Casino’s felt.

The original schedule showed six 60-minute levels on Day 1A, but when only 40 players bought into the first flight, the organisers had no choice but to reduce the number of levels played to five. During the five hours of poker, the 40 entrants bet, raised, three-bet and bluffed in an attempt to navigate their way to Sunday’s Day 2, something only 26 of them managed to do.

Among the 40 starters were Oliver Gill, Jesse McKenzie, the in-form Matt Wakeman and Ben Gilholme. Those four players were seated at the same table at the start of the day. Other notables included Tom Grigg, Ben Richardson, Stevan Chew, Tim English, Liam O’Rourke and Huge Cohen. Of those notables, Richardson, English, Gilholme, McKenzie and O’Rourke failed to progress to Day 2.

One man who is 100% going to be in the thick of the action on Day 2 is the overnight chip leader Michael Chon. Despite only having five hours and a compact field, Chon turned his 20,000 starting stack into a tournament leading 59,375.

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Other players who bagged up more than 50,000 chips were Winjian Qiu (59,150), Ali Ghezelbash (55,225), Andrew Forsman (55,000), Jonathan Bredin (53,875) and the aforementioned Wakeman (53,700).

Day 1B should attract a larger crowd that Day 1A and you can follow all of the action here at PokerNetwork from 12:30pm local time.

ANZPT Queenstown End-of-Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerChips
1Michael Chon59,375
2Wenjian (William) Qiu59,150
3Ali Ghezelbash55,225
4Andrew Forsman55,000
5Jonathan Bredin53,875
6Matt Wakeman53,700
7Oliver Gill45,750
8Tobin Ryall42,000
9Raj Ramakrishnan40,950
10Nathan Harvey38,050

Check out this video recap of Day 1a when you have a spare couple of minutes!

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