The second day of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour began at 12:30 p.m. AEDT, but it didn't end until 5:30 a.m. AEDT. Nine players showed true stamina, focus, and determination and they will get a well deserved eight-hour break heading into the final table. Ashley Warner emerged as the chip leader of the final table, but Peter Matusik, chasing his second ANZPT title, is close behind, in second place.
Day 2 began with 141 players from an original starting field of 345, and right from the start there was plenty of action. Daniel Neilson managed to grab a quick double up, but was eliminated shortly thereafter. Tony Hachem began the day with very few chips and didn't recover. He ran with pocket sevens into eights and was eliminated; meanwhile, Luis Arrilucea grabbed an early lead.
Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen began the day short on chips and was eliminated when he moved all in with sixes. His hand failed to improve against the pocket jacks of his opponent and Guillen made his way to the rail.
After the players were in the money, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang clashed with Billy Jordanou, who began the day as the chip leader. The hand against Huang crippled Jordanou, and just a few hands later he busted in 22nd place.
The pot with the biggest impact was played between Ashley Warner and Hugh Cohen. Warner flopped a set and Cohen had a straight. The chips went in, and Warner ended up hitting quads on the turn. He won, and took a commanding lead. Cohen was knocked out in 13th place, getting the field closer to the official final table.
The final Team PokerStars Pro, Bryan Huang, was knocked out in 12th place. He ran ace-ten into ace-queen and just fell short of the final table. The final table bubble ended up taking a long time to burst, but eventually Tam Truong was eliminated and the final table was set.
2012 ANZPT Melbourne Final Table
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