ANZPT Melbourne: Fuelled for the run to the cash

Players are beginning to file into the Crown poker room for the start of day two in the battle for the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne title.

Sparked by a latte or two and hearty breakfast at one of the many riverside restaurants here at Crown, the 69 remaining players (including 21 PokerStars qualifiers, pros and players) will be shooting for a spot in the top-18 money positions, and ultimately, the AUD $158,050 first prize.

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Overlooking the Yarra River, Crown Casino and the Southbank precinct

Crown director of poker operations Jonno Pittock has just asked players to take their seats. We expect to play down to the final table of nine today, with the structure as follows:

Level 10: 600/1200 (ante 200)
Level 11: 800/1600 (ante 200)
Level 12: 1000/2000 (ante 300)
Level 13: 1200/2400 (ante 400)
Level 14: 1500/3000 (ante 500)
Level 15: 2000/4000 (ante 500)
Level 16: 3000/6000 (ante 500)
Level 17: 4000/8000 (ante 500)
Level 18: 5000/10,000 (ante 1000)

Top 10 chip count

Jie Gao (Australia) 257,400
Heath Chick (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 214,100
Chris Kittos (Australia) 146,000
Tino Lechich (Australia) 119,500
John Apostolidis (Australia) 113,000
Salvatore Fazzino (Australia) 109,900
Trevor McCarthy (Australia) 109,100
Johnny Huynh (Australia) 105,100
Jarrod Graham (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 103,300
Brent Thomas (Australia) 99,800

Day 2 table draw

Table 25

Seat 1: Mark Martino (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 30,300
Seat 2: Ben Barclay (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 81,700
Seat 3: Kris Nedanovski (Australia) 87,100
Seat 4: Dennis Huntly (Australia) 24,400
Seat 5: Jack Stevens (Australia) PokerStars Freeroll Qualifier 48,100
Seat 6: Miles Bellman (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 67,400
Seat 7: Gregory Shillig (Australia) 21,700
Seat 8: Heath Chick (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 214,100

Table 26

Seat 1: Adam Kane (Australia) 13,800
Seat 2: Brendan Mitchell (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 21,600
Seat 3: Darko Balaban (Australia) 25,500
Seat 4: Mounib Youssef (Australia) 87,500
Seat 5: Jim Sachinidis (Australia) 29,300
Seat 6: Xin Zhao (Australia) 95,900
Seat 7: Matthew Konnecke (Australia) 83,300
Seat 8: Dean Nyberg (Australia) PokerStars Player 38,100

Table 27

Seat 1: Rajkumar Ramakrishnan (Australia) 31,800
Seat 2: Tony Hachem (Australia) Team PokerStars Pro (Australia) 71,600
Seat 3: Mario Doria (Australia) 46,000
Seat 4: Julius Colman (Australia) 15,300
Seat 5: Chris Levick (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 51,900
Seat 6: Antonio Casale (Australia) 54,400
Seat 7: Emanuel Seal (Australia) 56,200
Seat 8: Trevor McCarthy (Australia) 109,100

Table 28

Seat 1: Peter Skouteris (Australia) 30,000
Seat 2: Grant Harris (Australia) 48,100
Seat 3: Chris Kittos (Australia) 146,000
Seat 4: Daniel Laidlaw (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 40,500
Seat 5:Robert Wang (NZ) PokerStars Sponsored Player 32,300
Seat 6: Anthony Lavalle (Australia) 51,400
Seat 7: Ismail Sahin (Australia) 33,900
Seat 8: Petros Aristidou (Australia) 89,700
Seat 9: Simon Taberham (UK) PokerStars Player 33,500

Table 29

Seat 1: Samuel Higgs (Australia) 1200
Seat 2: Con Angelakis (Australia) 57,300
Seat 3: Rodger Heath (Australia) 47,000
Seat 4: Grant Levy (Australia) Team PokerStars Pro (Australia) 46,400
Seat 5: Kristian Lunardi (Australia) 84,500
Seat 6: Samir Khoueis (Australia) 66,900
Seat 7: Johnny Huynh (Australia) 105,100
Seat 8: Tino Lechich (Australia) 119,500
Seat 9: Rodney Burles (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 51,100

Table 30

Seat 1: John Apostolidis (Australia) 113,000
Seat 2: Michael Pinzone (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 72,400
Seat 3: Karl Krautschneider (Australia) 94,000
Seat 4: Peter O'Mara (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 34,600
Seat 5: Brent Thomas (Australia) 99,800
Seat 6: Ray Sukkar (Australia) 34,700
Seat 7: Jie Gao (Australia) 257,400
Seat 8: Joel Dodds (Australia) 14,400
Seat 9: John Joannou (Australia) 76,700

Table 31

Seat 1: Danny Joukhadar (Australia) 59,000
Seat 2: Aaron Tran (Australia) 72,600
Seat 3: Marc Desanges (Australia) 54,400
Seat 4: Salvatore Fazzino (Australia) 109,900
Seat 5: Jarrod Graham (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 103,300
Seat 6: Tzahi Degampur (Israel) PokerStars Qualifier 42,100
Seat 7: Andrew Meldrum (Australia) 34,000
Seat 8: Nikolaos Haidaris (Australia) 76,300
Seat 9: Lance Patison (Australia) 39,600

Table 32

Seat 1: David Penny (Australia) 30,100
Seat 2: Jimmy Siu (Australia) 34,100
Seat 3: Greg Manning (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 57,500
Seat 4: Peter Kotsiris (Australia) 23,500
Seat 5: Hein Kristiansen (UK) PokerStars Qualifier 92,100
Seat 6: Ben Savage (Australia) 55,400
Seat 7: Amanda Simpson (Australia) 65,400
Seat 8: Michael Guzzardi (Australia) 28,600
Seat 9: Andrew Hinrichsen (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 97,200