Today was Day 1d of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event and the final opportunity for players to take a shot at one of New Zealand’s major championship titles. 38 players took to the felt bring the total number of entrants for the event to 134, creating a prize pool of NZ$301,500. The winner will collect a handsome NZ$87,435 in change and the coveted trophy.
Today’s field featured home-town hero and Team PokerStars pro Lee “Final Table” Nelson who was out to secure a big result in his adopted home, alongside fellow Kiwi personalities Brooke Howard-Smith and Mike King. They were joined today by the likes of Robert Wang, Andrew Scott, Daniel Neilson, Raj Ramakrishnan, Soren Eriksen, Julius Colman and 2009 Aussie Millions champ Stewart Scott.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a good day for Lee Nelson or Stewart Scott as they were eliminated early, as Julius Colman went on a virtual rampage to destroy the field and amass an incredible 114,425 by the end of just five levels. That sort of chip stack is competitive in a 200-player field, so to have grabbed that many chips amongst just 38 players is a remarkable achievement. Colman holds almost double the chips of the next best and will enter Day 2 tomorrow with a commanding lead over the 91 remaining players.
The top ten chip counts from the 28 survivors of Day 1d were as follows:
Julius Colman - 114,425
John Pye - 56,725
Rajkumar Ramakrishnan - 44,325
Steven Smith - 38,875
Sam Williams - 38,125
Robert Wang - 35,150
Carl Gray - 34,475
Ray Sukkar - 32,900
Brooke Howard Smith - 29,475
Damian Wong - 29,200
Tomorrow the players will play multiple abbreviated Day 2 flights, before finally coming together in the same room for the first time late tomorrow evening to play down to the money, as the ANZPT Queenstown event starts to heat up!
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