After a huge launching of the fourth season of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, Day 1a of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event has come to a close.
There were 214 players who started the day, making it a huge field and setting the event on target to easily surpass the 393 players who took part in last year’s event.
Plenty of recognizable faces were among today’s starters including Jonathan "Monster Dong" Karamalikis, Tom Grigg, David Steicke, Aaron Benton, Daniel Neilson and World Series of Poker Europe bracelet winner Andrew Hinrichsen. While none of the above players managed to make it through the day, there were still a lot of notable players who did manage a Day 2 berth.
The player who finished up in the best shape at the end of Day 1a was Tobin Ryall. A huge effort throughout the day saw Ryall accumulate 138,500 in chips which will easily see them in the top few counts come Saturday.
Joining Ryall at the top of the counts will be Nabil Edgtton (125,100), Gordon Huntly (121,500) and Rhys Gould (119600). Also returning with plenty of chips on Day 2 will be Mishel Anunu (80,600), Oliver Speidel (70,900), Dan Kelly (70,600) and 2011 ANZPT Sydney champion Michael Kanaan (70,200).
While not in quite as good shape as the above players, Peter Aristidou (52,400), Tony Hachem (48,100), Jackson Zheng (24,000) and Billy "The Croc" Argyros (22,600) will also return with a fighting chance on Day 2.
For the approximately 98 players from Day 1a who will be returning on Day 2 this Saturday, they will have plenty of time to rest tomorrow. For us here on media row and the ANZPT staff it’s a different story. Day 1b is set to begin in just over eight hours’ time at 12.30 pm local time tomorrow and although we may be lacking some sleep, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will again be on the floor providing all the action from the 2012 ANZPT Sydney Main Event.
Please note that official Day 1a chip counts are not being made available until 10:00 am local time Friday
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