Jordanou Takes Control on ANZPT Perth Day 1b

Posted at 13:31 2011-03-25

Day 1b of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event saw 139 players hit the felt of the Burswood Poker Room with many local satellite winners and a host of talented players from the Eastern states. This brought the total number of entrants for the Main Event to 220 – just short of last year’s figures – with first place set to collect $131,500.

The field was highlighted by Team PokerStars Pros Tony Hachem and Bryan Huang.

Huang didn’t have much go right and was an early casualty while Hachem also had some rocky moments after he copped a one orbit penalty for a verbal altercation with tablemate Michael O’Grady. Hachem recovered, with a little help from his old friend pocket aces, to bag up a top ten chip stack by the end of the day.

The ANZPT Adelaide trifecta of Octavian Voegele, Jesse McKenzie and Ian Parnell were all eliminated during the day, as were the likes of Benn Skender, Jonathan Karamalikis, Martin Kozlov, Brad Bower and local Nik Lackovic.

Nik’s brothers, Aleks (30,700) and Stevan (63,500), both survived in good shape, while Kiwi Richard Lancaster (91,200) flirted with the chip lead. However they all failed to catch our Day 1b chip leader in Billy Jordanou who flew under the radar to amass 92,200 by the day’s end.

77 players survived the day with Dan Neilson (51,700), Ashton Cartwright (50,700), Josh Barrett (37,000), Vesko Zmukic (31,400), Raj Ramakrishnan (30,400), Liam O’Rourke (24,200), David Gorr (19,700) and Kristian Lunardi (11,600) all still in contention.

Only the top 24 players will go home in the black with first place set to collect the trophy and $131,500. The remaining 124 players will come together for the first time tomorrow from 12:30pm local time (GMT+8) as they look to reach the money stage of the tournament. Follow all the live updates at the PokerStars Blog website.

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Billy Jordanou claimed the chip lead on Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event Billy Jordanou claimed the chip lead on Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event

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