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PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event Kicks Off

Posted at 23:09 2010-09-15

A new week has brought with it a new poker tournament in the Australasian region as the best players from Australia and New Zealand headed to the land of the long white cloud, and more specifically, Auckland, for the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event.

Those arriving early got to enjoy the traditional player’s party with PokerNetwork’s own Lynn Gilmartin in the thick of the fun to grab a chat with a couple of familiar faces.

As the players rested their heads and then rose for a new day, 89 players ventured into the SKYCITY Auckland Poker Room for Day 1a today and at the end of seven levels just 41 players remained.

Some of those who came and went were Aaron Benton and Daniel Neilson, who both suffered some horrific bad beats today, while Brooke Howard-Smith, Damon Lum, Jackson Zheng, Phil Willcocks and James Honeybone were also soon on the sidelines.

Tom Grigg and Andrew Hinrichsen did it the hard way, with a rollercoaster day on the felt, but both made it through safely. Grigg is through with a short stack, while Hinrichsen somehow managed to amass a healthy stack after being short for most of the day.

Ricky Kroesen did it a little easier as he continued his form to sit amongst the leaders for most of the day. Kroesen ended with 81,900 to be with the chip leaders as Noah Vogelman (128,275), John Harman (94,800) and Tao Luo (94,050) ended the day with the lion’s share.

Tomorrow we’re expecting a big field in action led by Team PokerStars Pros Tony Hachem and Lee “Final Table” Nelson, as well as the defending champion, Simon Watt!

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Noah Vogelman leads the way after Day 1a of the APPT Auckland Main Event Noah Vogelman leads the way after Day 1a of the APPT Auckland Main Event

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