ANZPT Sydney - Cusenza Leads Day 1b

Posted at 00:22 2009-05-02
Following a strong showing yesterday, player support for the second leg of the PokerStars ANZPT tour was obvious when a capacity field of 260 entrants registered for Day 1b action.
The prizepool may have fallen a table short of reaching the magical $1 million mark but still the pros and amateurs were out in force including poker stalwarts Leo Boxell, David Gorr, Roy Vandersluis, Sam Korman and Zhi Hong Ma. However it would be the online guns of Ben ‘CNT_CRUSHER’ Delaney, Jonathan ‘xMONSTERxDONGx’ Karamalikis, Andrew ‘Adgee’ Jeffreys and Tim ‘luckyshades’ Horan that would make their voices heard along with tournament veterans Grant Levy, Ali Khalil, Celina Lin, James Broom, Michael Pedley, Emad Tahtouh and Bryan Huang.
Play followed the usual format with Levy leaping out of the gates as Tahtouh and Khalil slipped down early to put them in their sometime tilt-inducing sombre mood. 2007 Aussie Millions Champion Stewart Scott may not be a one-hit wonder following his six-figure pay day at the recent WPT in Bellagio but back on home soil he was unable to get too much going heading to the rail for an early exit along with Khalil, Huang, Broom, Pedley and Boxell.
2007 PokerStars APPT Sydney Final Tablist Jai Kemp was unfazed by the ever-increasing rail as he sky-rocketed to over 170,000 by the 4th level of the day! His {As}{Ah} were behind Joe Hickry’s {Qx}{9x} when all the money went in on a board of {4d}{Qs}{3d}{9h}, however the {4c} will be Kemp’s new favourite card after counterfeiting Hickry on his way a whopping 550BB stack as players still struggled to advance past their starting 20,000-chip stack!
Charismatic Crown Poker Supervisor Frank Bianco was sent to the bar when he was unable to repeat the feats of Kemp when his {As}{Ac} were cracked by a flopped set of threes. Karamalikis was KO’d back to the virtual felt along with Billy Sukkar and Bruno Portaro, while PokerStars Team Australia player’s Grant Levy, Emad Tahtouh and Celina Lin were also sent packing.
Adgee pawned luckyshades with a king-high call to best a nine-high bluff as Adam Cusenza and Johnny Huynh pushed past one-time chip leader Kemp as things started to slip for the Six-Handed Champion from Wednesday. Tournament regulars Andrew Meldrum, Tony Hachem and Lisa Walsh made late surges, but it would be Cusenza finishing on top of the 115 players that made it through amassing a stack of 177,200 while Kemp still retained a strong position with 163,300 chips with the top ten chip counts from both days falling as follows:
Adam Cusenza – 177,200
Jai Kemp – 163,300
Joseph Moussa – 152,000
Johnny Huynh – 151,500
Ola Jernberg – 147,000
David Zhao – 130,000
Joey Lawrence – 130,000
Bruce Nguyen – 125,000
Yue Wang – 125,000
Milan Gurung – 115,000
With under 200 players remaining, all will be grinding away, shipping it crucial and jostling for an in-the-money top 45 finish and their chance to capture the $246,500 first prize, coveted trophy and title of ANZPT Sydney Champion!
Make sure to join the PokerNetwork team live from 12:30pm tomorrow from the Star City Poker Room as the cards hit the felt for exciting Day 2 action. See you there!

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