The PokerStars.net Australia and New Zealand Poker Tour invaded Melbourne earlier today with the second season of the tour bringing an elite field from all over the world to the Crown Poker Room.
Day one of the event saw 310 players each dish out $2,700 to take their shot at ANZPT glory. The prize pool eclipsed last years, with the $775,000 pool making it one of the bigger tournaments on the tour. The eventual winner will walk home with an impressive $195,700.
The players each started with 20,000 in chips and with a fantastic structure and levels of 60 minutes it would be a skilful and hard played event right from the starting line.
While many would outwit and outlast their opponents, the tough field saw many of the poker elite on an early flight back home. Those who began the day at 12.10pm and have since been sent packing included 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, Jay Kinkade, Jonathan Karamalikis, Billy Argyros and Grant Levy.
Notable players who can wake up tomorrow with hopes of another long day of poker include Lee Nelson (78,300), Tyron Krost (68,600), Simon Watt (55,100), Tony Hachem (51,900), Martin Rowe (50,100), and Amanda De Cesare (44,100).
However, it would be none other than James ‘Andy McLeod’ Obst who would finish up as the chip leader. Obst will return with a monster stack of 156,200. It is important to mention that Obst recently made history when he won the title of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker ‘Player of the Series.’ It would truly be an amazing story for the young Australian player to take down a world class live event just weeks after further cementing his place as one of the best online players in the world.
Trailing right behind Obst is PokerNetworker Ryan “JadeTaVernDegen” McKay (154,600), while some of the other big stacks to return tomorrow will be Daniel Nielson (138,300), Carl Booth (121,500), Bruno Portaro (114,400) and Mark Iskander (107,500).
The battle for the ANZPT title will see a total of 105 return for day two, with hopes of playing their way into the third and final day held on Monday.
As always the PokerNetwork Live Reporting team will be on the floor from 12.10 tomorrow. So join us for all the action and thrills of day two of the 2010 ANZPT Melbourne.
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James "Andy_McLEOD" Obst leads the pack at the ANZPT Melbourne Main Event
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