2015 PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Day 2: Kane Leads Over Chidwick and Huang

Posted at 22:30 2015-02-13 by Josh Bell

The first stop on Season 7 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour continued at Crown Perth in Western Australia on Friday. There were 105 players who returned for Day 2, and once it was all over 36 players have made their way home having secured a spot on Day 3.


It was a tight race for the end-of-day chip lead. Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang was in front for a large majority of the action with the UK's Stephen Chidwick the main threat. However, the last hand of the night would see Michael Kane eliminate a player to secure the lead in the clutch moments.

Most of Huang's stack came very early in the day when a monster pot saw him move above 150,000 when blinds were just 600/1,200. Huang got into a preflop raising war with Ronald Bean and ultimately six-bet all in for an extra 66,200 after Bean had five-bet to 26,000. Bean called it off and Huang tabled the {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}. Much to his surprise, Bean had just the {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. The aces held up and from there, and Huang went on a rampage, eventually eliminating Bean and dominating his table.

Some of the others who survived Day 2 and remain in contention for the six-figure top prize include Yaxi Zhu (152,800), Michael Guzzardi (149,400), Henry Szmelcer (143,300), Xuan Liu (143,000), Ash Warner (110,100), Anthony Legg (106,900), Stevan Chew (95,000), and reigning ANZ Player of the David Lim (93,900).

Lots of prominent players weren’t able to make Day 3 including Dean Blatt, Michael Pedley, Casey Kastle, Mustapha Kanit, Martin Finger, Aaron Lim, and Jack Salter.

Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Chips
1 Michael Kane 212,300
2 Stephen Chidwick 201,900
3 Bryan Huang 189,200
4 Robert McLean 167,200
5 Yaxi Zhu 152,800
6 Walter Treccarichi 151,600
7 Michael Guzzardi 149,400
8 Peter Gilbert 146,500
9 Henry Szmelcer 143,300
10 Xuan Liu 143,000

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