The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) continued at the SKYCITY Auckland Casino on Satruday as 105 players returned for Day 2 action of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event.
At the beginning of the day, Amant Nauhria was the chip leader and by the time a long 10 levels were in the books, 12 players remained. Nauhria had bagged a massive 1,431,500 in chips and was once again on top of the pack. That stack is good to see Nauhria start the final day with just over 175 big blinds.
ANZPT Auckland Day 2 Chip Counts
Nahria’s closest competitor was David Lim, who finished with an impressive 1,012,000 in chips. The next closest to Lim was Nicolas Oger with just 323,000. Combined, Nahria and Lim completed Day 2 with well over half of all the chips in play. During the last level of the night, it was looking like Lim would be the chip leader, but that all changed when Nauhria dominated his table and ultimately sent Steven Holloway home in 13th place and as the final elimination of the day.
The plan on Day 2 was to play 10 levels or down to a final table of nine. Before that could happen, though, the players needed to make it through to the top 24 money-paying positions. Some of the players who were eliminated during the early stages of Day 2 included New Zealand’s lone World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Simon Watt, Aussie Daniel Levy and Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang.
Huang started the day as one of the short stacks and despite doubling up early when his held up against the of Ryan Shiffman, Huang ultimately played his final hand during the third level of the day. Huang fired three barrels holding the on a board, making it 3,300 on the flop, 7,800 on the turn and moving all in for 25,800 on the river. Huang’s opponent, Stanislav Chataline, called him down all the way with the to send the Team PokerStars Pro to the rail.
As the players neared the bubble, prominent Kiwi Koray Turker was eliminated short of making the cash before Aussie Dean Blatt became the official bubble boy. It was an unfortunate end for Blatt, as he was all in holding the and lost to the of Slade Fisher. An eight was dealt on the river of a board to deliver the blow.
Once the bubble had burst, the remaining 24 players had locked up at least NZ$3,834 and then a steady flow of eliminations occurred throughout the last two levels of the night. Some of the notable players to finish in the money, but not make Day 3 were Fisher (21st), Ben Rendall (18th), Karan Punjabi (16th), and last year’s ANZPT Auckland third-place finisher Pravin Harji (14th).
While they don’t have anywhere near as many chips as Lim and Nauhria, the likes of Jason Cook, Dean Stevenson, Nathan Gubieski, and the lone lady at the final table Angela Brewester are all still in contention to win the NZ$110,760 first-place prize that is awaiting the eventual champion.
The final day begins at 12;15 p.m. local time on Sunday, and PokerNews will once again be providing all of the ANZPT Auckland live updates. Be sure to return to find out who becomes the champion.
Photo courtesy of Poker Asia Pacific.