ANZPT Sydney: Chapman's late charge nets chip lead

The ANZPT returned to Sydney for what will almost certainly be the largest and richest event on season two of Australasia's premier poker tour. The first of two day one flights in the AUD $2200 buy-in Main Event attracted 164 players while flight two is expected to be a sellout, ensuring a field of more than 400 players.

This means for the second year running, this will be the biggest event in Australia for the popular $2000-$3000 buy-in range. Today's field featured Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian, PokerStars Sponsored Player and APPT Sydney reigning champion Aaron Benton, and PokerStars Player Rennie Carnevale, winner of the opening event on season two of the ANZPT in Adelaide

Past ANZPT champions and final table participants such as Chris Levick, Karl Krautschneider, Dale Marsland, Vesko Zmukic, Scott Smith, Billy "The Croc" Argyros, John Caridad, Andrew Scarf, Octavian Voegele and Daniel Neilson were also in action today.

After eight one-hour levels, four players held more than 100,000 in chips. Sydney's own Shannon SCAUGUST Chapman (123,500) led narrowly from Queenslander Ricky Kroesen (123,000) with Brad Bower (113,400), Jason Teh (102,900) and Brendan Edmonds (96,300) filling out the top five.


New South Welshman Brad Bower was pipped for the chip lead late on day 1A

Others well placed after day 1A included ANZPT Adelaide runner-up Andrew Scarf (93,600), Vesko Zmukic (83,600), Rennie Carnevale (55,000), 2009 Melbourne Poker Champs winner Todor Kondevski (50,000) and NZ PokerStars Qualifier Elliot Nicholls (49,900).

Recently married Danette Morway (65,200) and 2009 ANZPT points runner-up Chris Levick (12,600) will also be back on Friday but Team Australia Pro and Star City poker ambassador Eric Assadourian bowed out in the final hour of play.

After a massive day in the Star City Poker Room - preliminary event final tables, mega satellites and high stakes cash games the order of the day - we can't wait to get back tomorrow for day 1B of the 2010 ANZPT Sydney Main Event.