ANZPT Queensland: Hachem keeps the flame burning in Brisbane

The ANZPT Queensland Day 1A Brisbane flight has also wrapped up -the chips have been cut down, counted and listed. From a tense start to a fast finish - those who survived the carnage on the felt today will return on Friday afternoon to continue their quest for the first ANZPT Queensland title, writes Landon Blackhall.

Chip leader is Brisbane local Andrew Jennings, who takes a stack of 107,850 forward - second overall behind Danny Joukhadar who amassed 116,175 at Jupiters today. PokerStars Qualifier Scott Kerr sits in second place on 93,800, while Paul Gibson (92,375), Luca Mazzocchi (77,300) and Paul Hill (65,400) round off the top five.


Andrew Jennings finished atop the Treasury chip count on day 1A

Other notables to survive today included Greg Shillig (43,825), David Steicke (37,900) and PokerStars Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem (34,525), the current ANZPT overall points leader, who keeps alive his dream of making the cash in all five ANZPT events in the first year of the tour.

Players looking for an early double-up on day two include Australian poker media pioneer Darryl "The Dazzler" Lanyon (13,300), Mitchell Carle (11,700) and short stack Peter Matusik (7750).


Tony Hachem, pictured in Melbourne

The casualty list was extensive. Young online whiz Brendan Rubie was the first elimination in Brisbane. Overall, 54 players started on day 1A flight and 27 will make their way back to the Treasury.

Play resumes tomorrow at 12.30pm (1.30am GMT), with the second of the two day one flights. Good evening from Conrad Jupiters Hotel and Casino in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. ANZPT Queensland Day 1A chip counts from Treasury Casino

Daniel Jennings (Australia) 107,850
Scott Kerr (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 93,800
Paul Gibson (Australia) 92,375
Luca Mazzocchi (Australia) 77,300
Paul Hill (Australia) 65,400
Barry Craig (United Kingdom) PokerStars Qualifier 61,825
Omar Mazzocchi (Australia) 55,500
Dom Farmer (Australia) 44,700
Greg Shillig (Australia) 43,825
Shaun Weston (Australia) 43,325
Darren Lukas (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 41,150
David Steicke (Hong Kong) 37,900
Lyle Higgs (Australia) 36,875
Anthony MacNamara (Australia) 36,525
Lee Woolf (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 36,300
Tony Hachem (Australia) Team PokerStars Australia 34,525

Stephen Ford (Australia) 26,775
Shaun Elliott (Australia) 21,725
Duncan McKinnon (Australia) 21,275
Serge Mazza (Switzerland) PokerStars Qualifier 18,550
Paul Leavitt (Australia) 14,525
Neville Thompson (Australia) 13,850
Darryl Lanyon (Australia) 13,300
Tommy Macken (Australia) 13,050
Mitchell Carle (Australia) 11,700
Mark James (Australia) 8925
Peter Matusik (Australia) 7750