ANZPT Sydney: Mantan is da man
With only one level and 120 players left on day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event, there's some serious all-in action popping up left, right and centre.
Notables still in contention include PokerStars.net Team Australia player Eric Assadourian (69,700), Billy "The Croc" Argyros (86,500) and Jeff Lisandro (74,500), who is clearly the boss on table 24, constantly pushing his stack in post-flop having hit either top pair or two pair and busting opponents.
On the other hand, there are some minnows eating the sharks, with Mike Mantan and Bruce Nguyen striding out to the chip lead with 135,000 and 120,000 respectively. Joseph Moussa is nipping at their heels on 103,000, Yue Wang has recovered from a hiccup to be back above 100,000 followed by Thorsten Schaefer (98,600) and Ben Barclay (74,500).
Some of those still hanging in there include Max Veenhuyzen (14,300), Andrew Scott (52,000), 2009 APL Wild Turkey Poker Classic runner-up Majed Haddad (14,500), Kimberley Manning (15,100) and Niro Peer who, after moving up to 90,000 before the dinner break, took a serious hit to his stack from another player. Peer is now dwindling on 24,800 in chips.
The players are now on their final 10-minute break before returning to playing one more level. The blinds will recommence at 500/1000 with a 100 ante, after which the chips will be bagged and tagged.