Hinrichsen Heats Up In Darwin
After a fast and furious five levels of play, Day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event has come to a close. We only saw ten eliminations in that five hours of play as our field of 36 players was reduced to just 26 who will return on Thursday for Day 2 action.
The man out in front is young gun Andrew Hinrichsen, but it wasn't until the last level of the day that he became prominent after grinding his way through the early levels of play on a table featuring the fast-talking Michael O'Grady and New Zealand hip hop king Brotha D.
Early on it was Tim English who raced out of the gates when his pocket aces held against the pocket kings of the unlucky Liem Nguyen. The Darwin local couldn't find a king and was crippled before becoming the first elimination of the day soon after.
Ricky Kroesen and Sean Dunwoodie were also active early as they wrestled for the position of table captain.
Dunwoodie came off second best after missing with a Royal Flush draw against Kroesen's top two pair, before being eliminated soon after chasing another flush draw.
He was followed by Tom Grigg as the APPT Auckland runner-up struggled to get anything going today before running his ace-king into the pocket aces of Constantin Harach.
Meanwhile the locals were well represented as they made up around half of the players in the day's field. Slowly they dropped away but Tec Lay and Terry Wallis were both chipped up throughout the day.
Following the elimination of the short-stacked Agi Agapitos, it was Andrew Hinrichsen who was suddenly looking dangerous. It wasn't long before he was commanding a big stack, and when Hinrichsen's pocket queens were too strong for the pocket jacks of Harry Manning, Hinrichsen was suddenly into the chip lead.
His spot for king of the castle was challenged in the dying minutes by fellow PokerStars qualifier Luke Edwards. After rivering a full house to better an opponent's nut flush, Edwards was then on the receiving end of river pain when he had Adelaide Casino qualifier Trevor Potts all in on a flop of Q♠8♥T♣. Potts showed K♠Q♥ for top pair but Edwards had him crushed with his K♥K♣. It was even worse than that for Potts as another player had folded a queen to leave him with just one out in the deck to survive. The turn bricked the 3♣ but the dealer burned and revealed the Q♣ on the river in a cruel one-outer blow to Edwards for the tournament chip lead.
It left Andrew Hinrichsen as the official Day 1A chip leader with 73,050 in chips. He's followed by fellow young guns Ricky Kroesen (55,550), Tim English (51,150) and Luke Edwards (43,275).
Others to make it through safely into Day 2 on Thursday include Brotha D (38,275), Constantin Harach (29,850), Terry Wallis (29,725), Trevor Potts (29,075), Peter Talias (27,500), Thorsten Spieker (21,025) and Michael O'Grady (14,475).
We'll be back in the SKYCITY Darwin Casino tomorrow to do it all over again as the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event continues. 26 players are currently registered tomorrow but we're expecting to see the likes of ANZPT Adelaide champ Rennie Carnevale, 2009 APPT Sydney champ Aaron Benton, Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem and Daniel Neilson, fresh from his win in the Western Poker Classic.
Join us again from 12:30pm local time (GMT +9:30) tomorrow, and until then we're off to enjoy a beer or three on a balmy Darwin evening!