The Poker Room was bustling today at Casino Canberra with all of the tables filled. 97 more players lined up for their shot at ANZPT Canberra glory on day 1b taking the total number of entrants to 181. Among the starters today were Tony Hachem, Chris Levick, brothers Nik and Aleks Lackovic, Yann Pauchon, Mike Ivin, Angelo Hamataj, Peter Aristidou, and Jason Gray among a crowded field of other circuit regulars and various satellite qualifiers.
The biggest story of the day was the early elimination of Tony Hachem. This is no small feat given Hachem’s unprecedented success on the ANZPT circuit to date. When the dust would settle Hachem would be joined on the rail by both of the Lackovic brothers, Mike Ivin, Tim English and “Carwash” George Cotaidis.
Sam Rotar was dominant throughout the day and would be a massive chip leader at the end, courtesy of a huge pot late in the day. Rotar had flopped a set against the top pair, top kicker of Nik Lackovic and he would stay in front after the chips went in to move him up to 168,100 in chips by the end of play.
He was not the only player to crack the 100,000 chip mark though with both Amanda Simpson (103,500) and Jesse Maguire (100,500) shaping as contenders. Notables with chips include Michael O’Grady (91,600), Jason Gray (75,400), Martin Comer (74,300), Chris Levick (29,900) and Yann Pauchon (27,000).
A monster field of 90 players will return tomorrow to play a scheduled nine level day, which will take them through the bubble. 21 players will get paid a share of the AU$362,000 prizepool with AU$96,000 going to the eventual champion.
PokerNetwork will you bring a recap on all of the Sunday action after play is finished tomorrow night.
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Sam Rotar will lead the way as 90 players return for day 1b at ANZPT Canberra
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