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Chua Leads Record-Breaking Day 1b of ANZPT Melbourne

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Chip leader, Vincent Chua
Chip leader, Vincent Chua

What a massive day!

When it all began the tournament staff, and the ANZPT team, were hoping to see a field of around 260. That would mean we would reach a seven-figure prize pool and this would be the largest ANZPT in history. By the time registration closed, 274 players had hit the felt, meaning the total field was 516 players and the prize pool weighed in at $1,032,000 – the largest ANZPT ever!

The eventual champion of this event will take home $253,000 and at the end of Day 1b, 94 players had kept themselves in contention for that top prize. The player who finished up the night with the biggest smile would have been Vincent Chua. It was the third last hand of the night that would see Chua move into the lead. Chua ultimately finished up with 210,100 in chips, well ahead of Shy Jachimowicz with 177,300. Both Chua and Jachimowicz will now go into Day 2 with the two largest stacks.

Some of the others who finished Day 1b with plenty of chips include Fabian Craib (129,500), Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang (123,800) and Luke Edwards (115,300). They will be joined on Day 2 by players such as Matthew Rolfe (99,200), Steven Zhou (98,800), 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem (93,800), Anthony Aston (76,900), Luke Sharpe (71,900), Jazz Mathers (67,500), Matt Wakeman (50,300), Jackie Glazier (36,000) and Liam O’Rourke (30,000). You can find all the end-of-day chip counts and a Day 2 seating draw just below in the live reporting blog.

Unlike all of those players listed in the Day 2 seating draw, there were dozens of players eliminated on Day 1b. Some of those who couldn’t make it through the night include [Removed:17], Daniel Neilson, David Steicke, Brendon Rubie, Michael Kanaan, Jesse McKenzie, APPT Queenstown champ Jono Bredin and 2012 ANZ Player of the Year Mishel Anunu, just to name a few!

All of the 94 survivors from Day 1b will now join with those from Day 1a, meaning 179 players will return for Day 2. Those players will be back to it from 12:30 p.m. local time on Sunday. Being that this is a three-day event, tomorrow will see us play well into the money and start working towards a final table. Be sure to return for continued live updates of the 2014 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event!

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Day 2 Seating Draw

[user162117] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
11Scott Herz26200
12Chris Tsatmalis43100
13Edith Martins24000
14Michael Pedley24800
15Suwaree Hare29700
16Liam O'Rourke30000
17Peter Sue33500
18Aleksandar Brkovic84200
19Mikel Habb22000
21Tyson Ratahi35700
22Rafe Aman34700
23Raybon Kan15300
24Wai Tung Lo45100
25Andy Zarro104400
26Manfred Tschirsch46700
27Benjamin Breadsell34500
28Gideon Max23900
29Bradley Bower34900
31Zhao Feng109200
32Yvo Molin48200
33Omer Silajdzija100300
34Dennis Huntly40400
35Adrian Attenborough99600
36Gerard Windsor12500
37Nicholas Dallimore111400
38Wayde Rickhuss71700
39Israel Kranz57900
41Jackqueline Glazier36000
42James Benigno16800
43Xi Hu7800
44Corey Kempson97500
45David Walker102100
46Michael Doumani64000
47Adrian Indovino49900
48Michael Ho23100
49Robert Salter75500
51Julius Colman41500
52Tash Roussety67000
53Pravin Harji65800
54Aaron Benton20900
55Shivan Abdine36300
56Emmanuel Roldan32800
57Minh Hai Tran108600
58Luis Chuquipiondo23000
59Jason Spencer68500
61Anthony Hope17800
62Mark Thoren24600
63Marcus McKean17700
64Kan Lin43500
65Alexander Campbell24000
66Rinaldo Piastrino39800
67Minh Phuc Nguyen75200
68Shao Liu92600
69Joseph Hachem93800
71Rodoliub Batuz79700
72Kahle Burns43700
73Ian Modder55400
74Paul Tartak14800
75Tino Lechich50600
76Yanji Ge40800
77Matthew Ryan34600
78Christopher Rowlands74800
79Matthew Edwards101000
81Dieter Corsten35000
82Akash Mazumdar152000
83George Manolas22000
84Kishen Cook22600
85Luke Brabin40000
86Mauro Sassano85200
87Hyunku Kang25900
88Joe Reina98300
89Tom Rafferty108200
101Hugo Robinson104500
102Luke Spano54600
103Phillip Siddell54100
104James Sherrill18500
105John Parker19900
106Michael Fraser28600
107Corin Renisch6200
108Fabian Craib129500
109Brian Grieve14200
111Bobby Zhang36200
112Damien Walsh71400
113Jakson Laughton73500
114Jim Andreadis55100
115Tristan Bain110800
116John Thompson61000
117Beng Hooi Beh65900
118Anthony Legg160200
119Bryan Huang123800
121Robert Trask46200
122Rahul Rastogi40100
123Luis Pampliega68000
124Dannie Perry43200
125Nathaniel Canavan48900
126Luke Edwards115300
127Cameron Bryce95000
128Michael Chrisanthopoulos118800
129Luke Santo31200
251Adam Carlton55900
252John Dalessandri30300
253Thomas Karadimos100500
254Adrianus Deraad31100
255David Leas13400
256Michael Christodoulou120200
257Hugh Cohen13500
258Salvatore Principe34800
259Danny Ayoub37100
261Nicholas Pogonoski20500
262Julie Olivieri25300
263Phillip Willcocks110100
264Oliver Gill48700
265Brett Chalhoub11000
266Jordan Tentori46900
267Stephen Quon29700
268Alan Adams6900
271Roberto Damelian66200
272David Gorr32200
273Paul Altis25300
274Wei Chia26700
275Martin Kozlov50900
276Samuel Rotar15100
277Benjamin Savage21600
278Adrian Bolzonello121700
279George Bragg83900
281David Steloi42300
282Kenneth Ricciardello25900
283Shy Jachimowicz177300
284Jacque Ramsden64300
285Kwang Nguyen50100
286Michael Banks46200
287Henry Szmelcer115000
288Robert Bechara11200
289Ian Burchell71100
291Paul Wilcock19800
292Michael Cane2000
293Peter Skouteris83000
294Jeffrey Watson66200
295Daniel Botta134100
296Gino Provenzano35100
297Vincent Chua210100
298Phuc Nam Le26600
299Sean Knight78300
301Michael Caruana126100
302Craig Gobbie39600
303Jazz Mathers67500
304Matthew Wakeman50300
305Susan Morris37300
306Dylan Honeyman38600
307Jason Charlton30000
308Errolyn Strang72300
309Vlad Rosca68900
311Gabriel Messo81000
312Jean-Paul Bessell54500
313Matthew Rolfe99200
314John Jolly74700
315George Megaloconomos26100
316Perry Michael30100
317Danesh Kurunathan62300
318Yibo (Steven) Zhou98800
319Mile Krstanoski24800
321Nicholas Mullen50100
322Andrew McLaren69800
323Dean Francis119700
324Paul Richards43600
325Siddharth Gurjar44100
326Lloyd Godsland59000
327Adam Bevis63400
328Sean Anderson8700
329Anthony Aston76900
331Jackson Strangward68300
332Luke Sharpe71900
333Cameron Bisset41100
334Van Tran46800
335Alexander Lynskey31500
336Tania McBride94700
337John Virgiotis65400
338Peter Sheary30000
339George Cotaidis28400

Official End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

[user162117] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Vincent Chua
Vincent Chua
210,100 5,100
Shy Jachimowicz
Shy Jachimowicz
177,300 31,300
Fabian Craib
Fabian Craib
129,500 34,500
Michael Caruana
Michael Caruana
126,100 126,100
Bryan Huang sg
Bryan Huang
sg 123,800 -21,200
Adrian Bolzonello
Adrian Bolzonello
121,700 121,700
Luke Edwards au
Luke Edwards
au 115,300 30,300
Henry Szmelcer
Henry Szmelcer
115,000 115,000
Nicholas Dallimore
Nicholas Dallimore
111,400 111,400
Zhao Feng sg
Zhao Feng
sg 109,200 109,200
Andy Zarro
Andy Zarro
104,400 104,400
David Walker
David Walker
102,100 102,100
Matthew Edwards
Matthew Edwards
101,000 101,000
Thomas Karadimos
Thomas Karadimos
100,500 100,500
Omer Silajdzija au
Omer Silajdzija
au 100,300 100,300
Matthew Rolfe au
Matthew Rolfe
au 99,200 99,200
Steven Zhou au
Steven Zhou
au 98,800 -31,200
Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
au 93,800 13,800
Shao Liu cn
Shao Liu
cn 92,600 92,600
Sean Knight
Sean Knight
78,300 78,300
Anthony Aston
Anthony Aston
76,900 16,900
John Jolly
John Jolly
74,700 74,700
Jakson Laughton
Jakson Laughton
73,500 73,500
Errolyn Strang au
Errolyn Strang
au 72,300 72,300
Luke Sharpe
Luke Sharpe
71,900 71,900

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Chua Charges in the Dying Moments

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We have a new chip leader!

All the tables in the room had finished their three hands and bagged up their stacks. Well, every table except one. We in the media were already over by the desk getting the end-of-day chip counts ready when we are alerted to the fact that Table 10 was still on their first of the last three hands and had been for 20 minutes. At this point we quickly made our way to the table to find that Ben Pockett had been eliminated at the hands of Vincent Chua. It was clearly a massive pot, so we asked his tablemates what had happened.

Apparently the two had plenty of history prior to this hand. Pockett opened it up from under the gun and Chua three-bet on his direct left – something that had occurred multiple times at this table. Pockett and Chua then played out a hand on an apparent {j-}{7-}{5-}{8-}{10-} board. Pockett had seemingly value bet 10,000 on the river and this is when Chua ripped it on him. Pockett then went deep into the tank and eventually called off his large stack.

Pockett had {j-}{10-} for two pair, while Chua had {9-}{8-}, having made the straight to send Pockett home.

With that, Chua moved up to over 200,000 and will now definitely be our end-of-day leader.

Vincent Chua
Vincent Chua
205,000 205,000
Ben Pockett
Ben Pockett

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Three More Hands

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Each table will be playing three more hands each before it's all over on Day 1b.

Stay tuned for any last-minute action, a recap of the entire day, all the end-of-day chip counts and of course, the Day 2 seating draw.

Big Fold From Wakeman

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There’s a reason why Matt Wakeman has been ranked the number one online player in the country. Yeah, he’s pretty good at the poker. He might be a little harsh on himself though, after making what we thought was a pretty solid fold.

The board read {j-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} in a battle of the blinds, with Wakeman betting out 3,700 before his opponent in the big blind raised to 11,700. Wakeman made the call and the {7-Spades} landed on the river to put a straight on board.

Wakeman checked and his opponent bet 18,000 to send Wakeman into the tank. He muttered to himself for several minutes, before deciding to open-fold his {j-Clubs}{q-Clubs}.

There was only one card that beat him, and indeed he was right, as his opponent flashed {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} for the bigger straight.

“I knew you had to have king-queen,” said Wakeman. “Man, I should’ve folded the turn!” he added. Perhaps harsh, but that’s what it takes to be one of the best. Wakeman is still in good shape with 58,000 chips.

Matt Wakeman au
Matt Wakeman
au 58,000 1,000

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Huang Loses Some

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Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang has taken the first hit to his stack in quite a while. Fortunately for Huang, it wasn't a big hit though.

The hand in question started with Huang opening it up to 2,200. The player directly on Huang's left made the call, along with Luke Edwards in the big blind. On the {q-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{9-Spades} flop, Edwards checked, Huang bet 2,700 and the player on Huang's left called. Edwards folded and the dealer flipped over a {2-Diamonds} on the turn. This time Huang led for 6,700 and once again his opponent called. On the {5-Spades} river both players checked and Huang showed {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, which went into the muck when Huang was faced with {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}.

Huang is still going strong on 145,000.

Bryan Huang sg
Bryan Huang
sg 145,000 -15,000

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Some Last Level Counts

[user162117] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Here are the approximate stacks of some of the players during the last level of the night. As you can see, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang continues to win chips as he has moved up around 160,000.

Bryan Huang sg
Bryan Huang
sg 160,000 25,000
Shy Jachimowicz
Shy Jachimowicz
146,000 -9,000
Steven Zhou au
Steven Zhou
au 130,000 64,000
Luke Edwards au
Luke Edwards
au 85,000 18,000
Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
au 80,000 5,000
Bernard Beh
Bernard Beh
70,000 -15,000
Anthony Aston
Anthony Aston
60,000 28,000
Martin Kozlov au
Martin Kozlov
au 52,000 29,500
Luke Brabin au
Luke Brabin
au 35,000 16,000
Liam O'Rourke au
Liam O'Rourke
au 26,000 -6,000
Michael Pedley au
Michael Pedley
au 26,000 5,000
Aaron Benton au
Aaron Benton
au 15,000 -10,000
David Leas au
David Leas
au 15,000 -11,000
Rory Young au
Rory Young
au Busted

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Sharbanee Gone

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We wandered past the table of West Australian Paul Sharbanee just in time to see him move all in for his last 16,000 chips. Sharbanee was in the small blind facing a preflop raise from Crown’s Winter Warm-Up Main Event winner, David St Eloi, who was in the cutoff. St Eloi took a moment for dramatic effect before making the call as Sharbanee confidently tabled {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} but he’d run into a monster as St Eloi showed {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}.

The board ran out {9-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} to leave Sharbanee to make a disappointed exit from the tournament.

Paul Sharbanee au
Paul Sharbanee
au Busted

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