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Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series 6 Main Event Kicks Off

Posted at 11:22 2011-03-18

The sixth instalment of the popular Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series has been running all week in the Crown Poker Room, providing championship structures for a budget price tag. While several players have already enjoyed the sweet smell of success during the week and others have had their bankrolls take a hit, all eyes were focussed on the big one as the JHDSS6 Main Event kicked off last night.

The first of three Day 1 flights saw 200 players take to the felt, with many keen to make use of the re-repechage format which would allow them to gamble, safe in the knowledge that they could rebuy on Day 1b or 1c. One who will have to make use of the repechage is Crown local Jim Ververis who was banished to the rail on the very first hand of the evening. So much for deep-stacked poker!

Others in the opening flight included PokerNetwork Player of the Month Haibo Chu and Young Gun of the Month Jeff Rossiter, Jarred Graham, Andrew Scarf, Peter Aristidou, Sean Dunwoodie, Kristian Lunardi, Andrew Demetriou, Julian Cohen, Tim English, Raemin Alexander, Tom Grigg, Andrew Hinrichsen, Dennis Huntly, Australian Poker Hall of Famer Billy "The Croc" Argyros and Full Tilt Red Pro Van Marcus.

After ten levels of blood, sweat and plenty of tears it was Shao Liu who would claim the chip lead as 62 players survived to reach Day 2 action. Liu amassed 185,000 thanks largely to ending up on the right side of a huge flip with Tim Balaban late in the day after Liu’s pocket tens held against Balaban’s ace-king. Haibo Chu (142,800), Jakson Laughton (125,000) and David Lee (122,100) are all snapping on Liu's heels, with locals Peter Pratis (114,000) and Dennis Huntly (105,400) also sitting in the six-figure club. Online stars Tom "tollgate" Grigg (76,600), Tim "weygang" English (69,000) and Jarred "FlopNutsOnYou" Graham (42,600) still remain while Van Marcus (57,400) and Aussie Millions Main Event final tablist Jeff Rossiter (33,400) are still alive.

In some of the results from the preliminary events, Tasmanian Mathew Fawdry won the Opening Event, while the Iveys (Catherine and Craig) delivered in the Teams Event. Other trophy winners included Frank Mirza, Cameron Bisset and Alex Givotovsky, Peter Sheary, Rainer Quel, Craig Matthews while PokerNetworker Dave Lee grabbed the title in the Pot Limit Omaha event.

Join the PokerNetwork Live Reporting team on Friday from 12:10pm as we do it all over again on Day 1b of the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series from the Crown Poker Room.

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Shao Liu ended Day 1a of the JHDSS Main Event as the man in front Shao Liu ended Day 1a of the JHDSS Main Event as the man in front

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