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Australian And New Zealand Players Survive Day 1b of WSOP Main Event

Posted at 22:56 2012-07-09 by Barry Gallagher

Day 1B of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has wrapped up in Las Vegas, Nevada. The second day of the Super Bowl of poker attracted 2,114 players with 1,387 bagging up at the end of the day. The combined total of entries for the first two days of play is now at 3,180.

A total of eight players from Australia and New Zealand put down their $10,000 to play today making 20 participants in total thus far. There were four survivors, all Wallabies, at the end of days play. The best placed is Grant Levy who bagged up 67,150 chips. The Sydneysider is a seasoned pro and seventh on the All Time Australian Money List. His biggest cash came in 2007 as he took down the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Sydney Main Event for AUD$1,000,000. He has had a litany of cashes since then and his latest trophy came back at the 2012 Australian New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Sydney High Roller event which he took down for AUD$54,625.

John Corr (51,550) also stamped his Day 2 ticket, he has two WSOP cashes to his name with his biggest result so far coming at ANZPT Perth 2011 where he finished runner up to none other than Grant Levy for AUD$83,500. Hunter Kent finished up with 30,000, exactly starting stack, he has had a decent 2012 already coming third in the ANZPT Perth High Roller for AUD$18,900. Finally, John Apostolidis also made it through the day with 15,350 chips, this Melbourne man will be looking to blow his current biggest cash at ANZPT Adelaide in 2011 (AUD$27,570) out of the water in this event.

There were plenty of star names out to play today but the likes of Tom Dwan, Bertrand Grospeiller and 2004 WSOP Champion Greg Raymer will all have to wait until next year to have another go. Joining them on the busted list were Australian’s Joel Dodds, Scott Logan, Bruce Morris and New Zealand’s Karl Byres.

John Hoang ended the day as Day 1B chip leader with 180,000 chips and there are plenty of familiar names who also accumulated big stacks. Vanessa Selbst (168,350), Daniel Negreanu (140,575), Maria Ho (138,425), Shaun Deeb (125,900) and Brian Hastings (119,000) are some of the big names who chipped up well during the day to position themselves for a deep run. There is two Day 1’s left, hopefully our local players can continue to compete with the best of them and set up some deep runs for us all to rail over the coming days.

WSOP Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionNameChips
1John Hoang180,000
2James Schafer171,250
3Vanessa Selbst168,350
4Anh Van Nguyen163,050
5Jeff Beckley158,550
6Matt Woodward158,500
7Nelius Foley146,875
8Shawn Quillin146,350
9Jason Somerville144,725
10Fergal Nealon141,825

Australian And New Zealand Players From Day 1b of WSOP Main Event

NamePositionChips
Grant Levy263rd67,150
John Corr469th51,550
Kent Hunter933rd30,000
John Apostolidis1,247th15,350
Joel DoddsBusted 
Scott LoganBusted 
Bruce MorrisBusted 
Karl ByresBusted 

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