Day 1b of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Melbourne Repechage Main Event continued on Friday with the second of three starting flights at Crown Casino in Melbourne. A total of 252 players registered for Day 1b to increase the total field to 476 after the first two flights. Only 28 survived on Day 1b, surprisingly less than Day 1a's number even though it had fewer entries.
After 13 levels of play, Daniel Neilson emerged as the Day 1b leader with a whopping 613,000 in chips. His stack almost doubles that of Day 1a chip leader Anthony Hachem’s 386,000. Neilson won a big pot during the end of the day that propelled him to almost 400,000 in chips, and he never looked back.
Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1b
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Many players returned for Day 1b after falling short on Day 1a, but were again unable to advance. Among them were Dave Allen, Kristian Lunardi, Ricky Kroesen, Tom Grigg, Tony Tartaglia, Amanda De Cesare, Graeme Putt, Jarrod Glennon, Didier Guerin, Liam O’Rourke, Ashley Warner, Andrew Hinrichsen and Peter Aristidou. They’ll all have one more attempt in Day 1c coming up on Saturday.
Others made up for a poor Day 1a showing by building nice stacks on Day 1b. Michael Kanaan (121,500), Pravin Harji (131,500) and the aforementioned Neilson will all return for Day 2 after having a day off in between. The last of the Day 1 flights will take place on Saturday with many new faces, as well as returning eliminated players, all vying to advance to Day 2.
Be sure to join us from 12:10 PM local time on Saturday as we bring you all the live coverage from Day 1c of the ANZPT Melbourne Repechage Main Event.
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