Billy Jordanou Leads ANZPT Melbourne At The End Of Day 1A; Joe Hachem In Top 5

Posted at 00:00 2012-10-27 by Remko Rinkema

After eight one-hour levels of fast paced action Day 1A of the PokerStars.com Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Melbourne Main Event concluded with Billy Jordanou in the lead. Jordanou had a great day in his hometown ending with 125,000 which is more than six times the starting stack.

The first of two Day 1 flights drew a large 186 player crowd, of which just 80 survived. These numbers look very promising heading into Day 1B as only 125 players are needed to break last year's number. Two players who will not be adding ANZPT Melbourne champion to their Hendon Mob pages are Tom Grigg and Jackie Glazier.

Grigg and Glazier were seated next to each other, and the latter immediately took some chips off her neighbour. Glazier won a big pot with kings, but her good start was not a sign of things to come. Glazier busted later in the day when she shoved with a flush draw and failed to hit, losing out to top pair. Grigg went out in a role reversal of Glazier's exit, getting his stack into the pot with top pair against a straight- and flush draw. The three-time APPT finalist stayed ahead until the river but his opponent caught one of his many outs to send Grigg home earlier than he would have planned.

Patrick Healy and Octavian Voegele both had good starts, but the Healy would ultimately donate his stack to Voegele. Healy's final hand saw Voegele called him down with top pair, which was good against Healy's middle pair, boosting Voegele's stack nicely and giving him some momentum for the rest of Day 1A. Voegele ended the day bagging up 92,100 chips.

David Gorr was also among the players that did not survive the day. The 2011 Aussie Millions champion lost with aces versus kings and missed his flush- and straight draw against a player holding a flopped straight.

The craziest hand of the day might be the craziest hand in live tournament poker of the last few months. Tim Eduard knocked out two players in a pot where all three players had flopped a set. Eduard turned his set of aces into quads and that gave him an early chip lead. He ended the day with 44,900.

Billy Argyros didn't have a fortunate day like Eduard experienced, "The Croc" entered the event late and almost immediately lost half his stack to Didier Guerin. About an hour later Argyros got his money in good with pocket queens, but those were no match for Luke Edwards' {3-Spades}{5-Spades}. Edwards made runner-runner straight and knocked out Argyros.

Joe Hachem also took advantage of late registration, but his stack went in the opposite direction to that of Argyros. He hit a big draw for his tournament life against pocket aces, and kept rocketing skywards from that point on. In the biggest pot he turned a straight and got maximum value on the river against his opponent who called with top pair.

Hachem is among the biggest stacks heading into Day 2 with 111,800. Day 1B will start tomorrow at 12:10 PM local time. Late registration will remain open for the first four levels. Make sure to tune back in to PokerNews.com as we bring you all the live updates!

ANZPT Melbourne Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

1Billy Jordanou125,000
2Robbie Stewart123,400
3Minh Nguyen113,100
4Kwong Phung112,500
5Joe Hachem111,800
6Igal Augarten108,100
7Fabrice Ho102,700
8Manny Stavropoulos93,000
9Matt Naughton92,400
10Davor Derek84,600

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