ANZPT Sydney: O'Grady OK as bubble looms
The PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event is poised for a gripping start to day three. After seven hours of play on day two, the field was slashed from 209 to 59. Tomorrow, just five players will miss out on a spot in the money as barely 15 per cent of the field chase a slice of the AUD $892,000 prize pool. It can be a cruel game.
As has been the case over the past two days, no dominant chip leader emerged with Michael O'Grady taking the chip lead into day three holding 402,000. The top five is filled out by Danny Yeung (355,000), PokerStars Qualifier Qi Xu (353,500), ANZPT Perth fourth-place finisher Dale Marsland (298,500) and Brad Bower (288,000).
A daily wrap-up this late in an ANZPT event wouldn't be complete without mention of PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem. Today is no exception. The 2009 ANZPT Player of the Year is well positioned for an amazing seventh cash in eight ANZPT events, taking 255,000 into day three.
Fellow Team Australia man Lee "Final Table" Nelson will return with 169,500 but Emad Tahtouh's run came to an end late in the day after losing two pivotal hands. One of five PokerStars Qualifier still chasing victory, Joel Dodds, who final-table this event last year and was third in the 2009 ANZPT points race, will be back tomorrow with 100,000 in chips.
It promises to be another day to remember, and we'll be front and centre for the first hand on day three of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event, which will be dealt at 12.30pm local time.