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2015 ANZPT Perth Day 2: Kane Leads Over Chidwick and Huang

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The first stop on Season 7 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour continued at Crown Perth in Western Australia on Friday. There were 105 players who returned for Day 2, and once it was all over 36 players have made their way home having secured a spot on Day 3.

It was a tight race for the end-of-day chip lead. Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang was in front for a large majority of the action with the UK's Stephen Chidwick the main threat. However, the last hand of the night would see Michael Kane eliminate a player to secure the lead in the clutch moments.

Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Michael Kane212,300
2Stephen Chidwick201,900
3Bryan Huang189,200
4Robert McLean167,200
5Yaxi Zhu152,800
6Walter Treccarichi151,600
7Michael Guzzardi149,400
8Peter Gilbert146,500
9Henry Szmelcer143,300
10Xuan Liu143,000

Most of Huang's stack came very early in the day when a monster pot saw him move above 150,000 when blinds were just 600/1,200. Huang got into a preflop raising war with Ronald Bean and ultimately six-bet all in for an extra 66,200 after Bean had five-bet to 26,000. Bean called it off and Huang tabled the {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}. Much to his surprise, Bean had just the {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. The aces held up and from there, and Huang went on a rampage, eventually eliminating Bean and dominating his table.

Some of the others who survived Day 2 and remain in contention for the six-figure top prize include Yaxi Zhu (152,800), Michael Guzzardi (149,400), Henry Szmelcer (143,300), Xuan Liu (143,000), Ash Warner (110,100), Anthony Legg (106,900), Stevan Chew (95,000), and reigning ANZ Player of the David Lim (93,900).

Lots of prominent players weren’t able to make Day 3 including Dean Blatt, Michael Pedley, Casey Kastle, Mustapha Kanit, Martin Finger, Aaron Lim, and Jack Salter.

All the players who did make Day 2 will now return from 12:30 p.m. local time Saturday aiming to make it to the final table. Before then, however, the bubble will have to burst with the top 21 making the money. Be sure to return to PokerNews for more live updates from ANZPT Perth.

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