The latest stop on Season 6 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) continued on Friday as the second and final Day 1 flight of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event took place. Exactly 247 players hit the felt of The Star Casino, which when combined with the 211 from Day 1a, meant a total field of 458 had created a prize pool of AU$916,000. The eventual winner will pocket AU$225,300.
Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
At the end of another eight 60-minute levels on Day 1b, the field was whittled down to 94 and it was Michael Pinzone who had the chip lead with a stack of 169,300. Pinzone held onto the lead despite a late swoop from 2014 Aussie Millions gold ring winner Adrian Attenbrough.
With blinds at 500/1000, Attenbrough was involved in a three-way all-in pot. Attenborough held the and was all in for 64,100, with Justin Cohen having the and having Attenborough just covered, while a third unknown player was all in for around 25,000 with . The board ran out jack-high and Attenbourough scooped up the massive pot before ultimately finishing with 159,300.
Some of the others from Day 1b who survived, albeit with far less chips than Pinzone and Attenborough, include Milan Gurung, Reza Vakili, Daniel Neilson, Nam Le, Ben Gilholme, Oliver Gill, and Dale Marsland.
The aforementioned players were far more fortunate than the likes of Ben Benoit, Dennis Huntly, Ricky Kroesen, Full Tilt Poker ANZPT Ambassador Liam O’Rourke, Didier Guerin, Tony Hachem, Brendon Rubie, Gary Benson and 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem, as they were all eliminated throughout Day 1b.
Hachem’s final hand occurred during the final level of the night. Hachem, Luke Brabin, and one other player committed 2,000 preflop before the dealer spread out the . On the flop, it was checked to Brabin, and he bet 3,500. The other player involved in the action folded, but Hachem moved all in for 26,900. After some thought, Brabin called, putting his tournament life at risk. Hachem had the for a flush and straight draw, while Brabin had the . The turn and the river bricked out, and Hachem was sent home.
The 94 survivors from Day 1b will join the 73 from Day 1a and combine for Saturday’s Day 2 where the 167 total players will start making their way towards the money. All the action kicks back off at 12:30 p.m. local time and PokerNews will once again be on deck providing all the continued live coverage of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.