Day two of the 2011 ANZPT Sydney Main Event saw 185 players reduced to just 49 by the end of eight levels. With the money starting at the top 45, there were a few restless night for the short stacks who will return today hoping for a little luck to sneak through to the minimum $3,537 pay day.
Along the way we lost Team PokerStars Pros Tony Hachem and Bryan Huang, as well as Jeff Lisandro, Tyron Krost, Daniel Neilson, Jonathan Karamalikis, Kristian Lunardi, Matthew Pilat, Vesko Zmukic, Liam Moffett, PokerStars qualifier Sydney VanderHorst, Day 1b chip leader Jimmy Tran, ANZPT Perth champ Grant Levy and the ANZ Player of the Year leader in Danny Chevalier.
After leading on Day 1, Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade continued on his merry way as he powered through his opponents while other young guns started to emerge including Jesse McKenzie, Joey Lawrence, Justin Walch, Craig Cockburn and Alexander Antonios.
Also surviving the day were Jimmy Wong, Graeme Putt, George Cotaidis and the one and only Antonis “Toothpick Tony” Kambouroglou who entertained the masses late in the day, with his pocket sevens cracking pocket queens, before he lost a chunk of chips with ace-king versus pocket aces on the very next hand.
However leading them all is Gold Coast boy Josh Barrett, who was again inspired by the Peking Duck he ate on the break, to surge to a massive 398,000 chips. He’ll carry the lead into Day 3 where the bubble will burst and play will continue towards a final table.
Top ten chip counts
Josh Barrett - 398,000
Alexander Antonios - 361,500
Michael Stecker - 319,500
Craig Cockburn - 311,500
Stevan Chew - 297,500
Alex Lee - 280,000
Justin Walch - 275,000
Joey Lawrence - 265,500
Adam Cusenza - 251,500
Jay Kinkade - 251,000
Play will resume this afternoon at 12:30pm with live updates throughout the day on the PokerStars Blog.