Jordanou sails ahead in Perth

Some days on the poker table can be a real grind. You take one step forward and two steps back, and struggle to gain any momentum. Other days it's the rollercoaster ride from hell, with huge swings that test the emotional limits of even the most composed player. Then of course, there are the days that we all dream of, where we sail through the day without a worry in the world.

Sailing is one of the most popular pastimes in Perth with a rich history in the region. The pristine waters of the Swan River and the gutsy sea breezes provide ideal conditions for a leisurely cruise, while the Indian Ocean will challenge even the most spirited sailor. In fact, Perth's reputation as one of the world's best sailing locations will be put to the test this December when Fremantle hosts the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

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Sailing in Fremantle harbour
(Image courtesy of Eventscorp and Tourism WA)

Day 1b of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event saw 139 skippers hit the water and while a few drowned and some were lost at sea, it was Billy Jordanou who sailed comfortably through the day without a care in the world. Located inside the main poker room, Jordanou was largely under the radar but increased his chip stack steadily at every checkpoint throughout the day to bag up 92,200 for the end-of-day lead.

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Joining Jordanou at the top is Ferenc Riech (91,800) who made a remarkable call with jack-high to eliminate Jonathan Karamalikis, and Kiwi Richard Lancaster (91,200) who grabbed his stack by flopping a set to eliminate Leo Boxell.

It was a mixed day for Team PokerStars as Bryan Huang was an early casualty, while defending champion Tony Hachem recovered from a one orbit penalty to post a top ten chip stack of 63,200.

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The locals also had a good day with Stevan Lackovic (63,500), Jarod Shawcross (47,800), Vekso Zmukic (31,400), Aleks Lackovic (30,700) and Jovo Scekic (28,300) all prominent as 77 players survived the day. Click the following links for the full Day 1b chip counts and Day 2 Seating Draw.

Only the top 24 players will go home in the black with first place set to collect the trophy and $131,500. The remaining 124 players will come together for the first time tomorrow from 12:30pm local time (GMT+8) as they look to reach the money stage of the tournament. Until then, goodnight from the Burswood Entertainment Complex.