We’re starting to get to the business end of the 2009 Melbourne Poker Championships with the final opportunity for players to buy-in to the Main Event and their shot at poker immortality. It was flight 1b of the Main Event and a whopping 347 players took that opportunity to pony up $1,100 and play with the best this country has to offer.
Many notable players were out on the felt including Grant Levy, Jonathan Karamalikis, Karl Krautschneider, Antonio Casale, Raj Ramakrishnan, Leo Boxell , James Obst and PokerNetwork’s own Tim Duckworth.
With the second-chance repechage format of this tournament the opportunity to gamble was one that many were willing to take, safe in the comfort that they could rebuy into the event on Saturday. Tim Horan was one who would be left to take up that opportunity after he was out very early when Julius Colman caught a flush. Sam Higgs, Emad Tahtouh, Grant Levy and Andrew Jeffreys also struggled and were early casualties, while it appears a day for the ladies with Cindy “QUEEN-BEE” Morgan and Monica Nguyen both amongst the chip leaders in the early goings.
However as the day wore on and the gambling increased, the likes of Nobbi Tanaka, Eugene Portlan, Julius Colman and Mario Doria topped the leaderboard.
The unofficial end of day chip leaders included...
Danny Joukhadar - 141,100
Eugene Portlen - 135,100
David Zhao - 105,200
Kim Muccer - 102,200
Robert Santilli - 96,300
Approximately 150 players survived the day and will join the survivors from Day 1a on Sunday for Day 2 of the Main Event. However before we get that far, the “losers” from the opening flights will get one more chance in the repechage day tomorrow. With already 600 entrants after the first two opening flights, it’s going to be a huge prizepool
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