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Roman Rules ANZPT Perth; Hachem In Contention!

Posted at 00:37 2010-03-20

The PokerStars.net ANZPT Main Event has reached an exciting stage following another seven levels of play on Day 2 with the field of 112 players reduced to just 30 by the end of the day. Only 24 of them are going to be satisfied, with a few very nervous moments expected early on Day 3 as six players will be going home empty-handed.

The day started with local Nik Lackovic in the chip lead but he was overtaken by brother Aleks, who held that position for most of the day, before another Perth player, Roman Konopacki stormed to the top of the counts late in the day.   Konopacki finished on 565,700 to have more than double the chips of second placed Chris Evans (228,000) with Anthony Marenko (208,900) in third.

Some of those who failed to make it through the day included Joel Dodds, Eric Assadourian, David Steicke, Tyron Krost, Jeff Lisandro, Leo Boxell, Rennie Carnevale, Kristian Lunardi and Grant Levy who is still searching for his first ANZPT cash after running his A-7 into the pocket tens of Aleks Lackovic to fall late in the day.

One PokerStars pro who is having so such troubles is Tony Hachem who remarkably is heading for his sixth ANZPT cash out of seven events! Hachem was on the short stack before doubling up late in the day to bag and tag 199,700 chips for fourth chip position. Other notables still in contention include Jimmy Wong (188,200), Aleks Lackovic (166,900), Ben Savage (157,600), Sean Dunwoodie (77,400) and APPT Sydney Aaron Benton (127,900) who was the fortunate benefactor of devastating cooler when his pocket nines flopped quads to shatter the full house of Robert Burns holding pocket aces.

Top ten chip counts:

Roman Konopacki – 565,700
Chris Evans – 228,000
Anthony Marenko – 208,900
Tony Hachem – 199,700
Tu Le – 198,400
Sean O’Reilly – 194,300
Jimmy Wong – 188,200
Michael Spilkin – 171,900
Aleks Lackovic – 166,900
Ryan Bochorsky – 161,300

Play recommences at the Burswood Casino at 12:30pm local time tomorrow as the bubble will burst and a final table decided!

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The bubble is ready to burst at the ANZPT Perth Main Event! The bubble is ready to burst at the ANZPT Perth Main Event!

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