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2013 ANZPT Sydney Day 2: Divkovic Eyes Back-to-Back ANZPT Titles

Dejan Divkovic

Day 2 of the 2013 Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Sydney Main Event has officially come to an end. Returning to play were 175 players to battle it out, and by the end just 22 remained. Those players will return tomorrow to fight it out for the trophy and the AUD$223,600 first-place prize.

Top 10 End-of-Day Chip Counts for Day 2

1Dejan Divkovic1,434,000
2Donald Jones689,000
3Dominik Nitsche555,000
4Iori Yogo551,000
5Dinesh Alt550,000
6Dmitriy Tymoshenko529,000
7Michael Fadersen500,000
8Paul Wilcox462,000
9Ben Gilholme448,000
10Sam Khouiss432,000

The remaining 22 will all be chasing one man, Dejan Divkovic, who steamrolled through the final few levels of the day to finish with a stack of 1.434 million in chips. That more than doubles his nearest opponent, Donald Jones, who accumulated a respectable 689,000. If Divkovic's name sounds familiar, that's because the Bosnia and Herzegovina native won the last stop on Season 5 of the ANZPT in Perth for AUDA$114,000.

Also in the top of the counts are Dominik Nitsche and Iori Yogo, sitting in third and fourth place on the leader board, respectively. Nitsche is a former Latin American Poker Tour champion, winning the Mar del Plata event back in 2009 for $381,030. He has also won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and a World Poker Your title. At the Season 5 ANZPT Perth event that Divkovic won, Yogo finished runner-up for AUD$72,000.

The day started with some big names including Ashley Warner, Ricky Kroesen, Martin Kozlov, Brendan Rubie, Dale Marsland and Joe Cabret. Unfortunately for those players, they were unable to advance.

Warner moved all in for his remaining 17,000 chips after Wing also committed the remainder of his stack preflop. Both players tabled their cards, and Warner’s {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} was no match against the {j-Clubs}{j-Spades} for Wing as the board ran out {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}.

Kroesen’s elimination was unfortunate. On a {5-}{3-}{2-} flop, both he and another player moved all in and tabled their cards. Kroesen showed {a-}{4-} for a flopped straight and was looking in great shape against his opponents {q-}{q-}. However, the board ran out the {q-} and {5-} to see a runner-runner combination send him to the rail.

Devkovic's big hand came when he clashed with Marsland, another big stack at the time. In a massive preflop betting war, both players committed over 400,000 chips creating a pot worth 840,000 in chips. Devkovic tabled the {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and was dominating Marsland who showed the {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. The board ran out {j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{2-Clubs} to see Divkovic rake in the biggest pot of the day, and cripple Marsland down to 48,000 in chips who was eliminated soon thereafter.

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