ANZPT Sydney Day 1b Complete, Mason Towers Over the Rest

Posted at 01:15 2013-03-23 by Mat Pater

Day 1b of the PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Sydney Main Event attracted 254 players to The Star. This brought the combined entry number to 460, one short of last years event. A prize pool of $920,000 was generated with first place paying an impressive $226,300.

89 players were left when the day was finished with Ashley Mason atop the chip counts with a monstrous stack of 253,800 in chips. He waited until the last level to accumulate his mass, with the short stacks at his table adding to his stack, after trying to find a much needed double-up. He will lead a 175-strong field coming into Day 2.

Recently back from his deep run at the WPT event in San Jose, Brendan Rubie was in Thursday’s field and will progress to Day 2. His day only went up, with a big hand in the last few levels giving him the chip lead. He finished with a respectable 117,700 in chips. Snapping at Benson's heels but a considerable way behind are Dale Marsland (172,200), Ben Benoit (140,800) and John Thomson (136,400). Iori Yogo, Patrick Healy, Jackson Zheng, and Joe Cabret were also among the players who made it through Day 1b.

Some of the players who weren’t so fortunate included, Didier Guerin, Jonathan Karamalakis, Team PokerStars Team Pro Bryan Huang, Tom English, Tom Grigg, Tony Hachem and 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event champion David Gorr.

Tony Hachem arrived late to the tournament, and didn’t last to much longer after that. He lost half of his stack when his flopped two-pair fell behind to Patrick Healy’s turned two-pair. He then proceeded to get his remaining chip stack in with {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} on a {J-}{5-}{3-} flop with two clubs, and was up against {A-}{J-}. The board ran out {3-Spades}{Q-Hearts} to see his day end.

David Gorr was another who played tight throughout the day and eventually got all his chips in holding {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. He was called by {A-Spades}{9-Spades} and when the board ran out {4-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{4-Spades} it saw the champion exit the building.

ANZPT Sydney Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Ashley Mason253800
2Dale Marsland172200
3Benjamin Benoit140800
4John Thomson136400
5Aziz Youssef118900
6Iori Yogo118300
7Brendon Rubie117700
8Robert Lam107200
9Rasmus Buer106200
10Donald Jones92200

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