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Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event: Simon Kidson Leads Day 1b

Posted at 17:08 2012-05-12 by Matthew Pitt

A further 104 players descended on the Crown Casino in Melbourne yesterday for the second of three flights in the Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event; taking the total number of entrants so far to 227 and putting the tournament well on course for 400+ participants. The man who ended Day 1b with the most chips is the local player Simon Kidson, his 142,200 chips enough to give him the title of chipleader.

Melbourne's Kidson is a massive fan of these championships and rightly so, because last year he went deep in this very tournament before finally busting in eighth place for a $16,500 pay day. Now he is armed with a substantial stack he will be looking to at least match those heroics from 2011 in this year's compeition.

Kidson was joined by the likes of Leo Boxell, Andrew Mellado and the current Australia New Zealand Player of the Year Danny Chevalier. A whole host of players who busted out on Day 1b were also present, taking a second bite at the cherry, including Oliver Speidel, Tony Kondevski and Jackie Glazier; the latter would bust out during the afternoon for the second time in two days.

By the time play drew to a close it was the aforementioned Kidson who had the most chips of the 32 surviving players and he is not too far away from Peter Tsioustas who you will remember bagged up 150,200 chips during Thursday's Day 1a.

Tune in later to find out who made it through to Sunday's Day 2 from Day 1c and if anyone can top Tsioutas' Day 1a haul.

Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event Day 1b Top Ten Chip Counts

PositionNameChips
1stSimon Kidson142,400
2ndBrent Thomas134,000
3rdShao Liu123,000
4thStephen Quon109,500
5thHaibo Chu107,100
6thFrank Pugliese99,200
7thLuis Pampliega74,000
8thShaun Elliot72,900
9thAndrew Shanahan72,200
10thSherrie Gelberg66,700

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