Kroesen King of Day 1a in Perth

As the sun sets on a glorious Perth day, the opening flight of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event has also drawn to a close.

We started out with a field of 81 players with several local hopes and plenty of talent flying in from the Eastern states for their shot at ANZPT glory. We also had a sprinking of International flare with Hong Kong's David Steicke, American Alex Givotovsky and Swede Mikael Rosen who burst out of the blocks in remarkable fashion with a two-outer king on the river to claim an early double up and eliminate the first player of the day.

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Mikael Rosen was fast out of the blocks and finished strong on Day 1a of the ANZPT Perth Main Event

It was the start of an excellent day on the felt for Rosen, who was with the chip leaders throughout as he continued to accumulate throughout the day as the players slowly dropped away. Aleks Brkovic, Sean Dunwoodie, Dale Marsland, Tom Grigg, Jarred Graham and Kent Hunter were all amongst the notable casualties.

Hugh Cohen and Joel Dodds were involved in some entertaining clashes, with both players surviving in good shape while Tim Marsters, Ted Nguyen and David Steicke also amassed impressive stacks after seven levels of play.

However the day belonged to Queenslander Ricky "rickwaa" Kroesen.

Kroesen will have mixed feelings about being back at the Burswood Casino. Last year Kroesen was amongst the chip leaders in the Western Classic, only to fall victim to a lethal "one outer" that saw his tournament quickly go from hero to zero. The ANZPT Gold Coast runner up started out the day with pocket aces against pocket kings, and despite a few rocky moments against the aggressive Aaron Lim, Kroesen was able to surge throughout the day to claim the Day 1a chip lead.

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Great day on the felt for ANZPT regular Ricky "rickwaa" Kroesen

Kroesen's key hand came when he speculated with 9♣6♣ in a multi-way pot and was able to flop a straight. The action was heavy as Kroesen had two opponents on their knees as he jumped to the top of the counts and never looked back.

Kroesen bagged up 109,400 as 47 players survived the day. Mikael Rosen (96,700), Mile Krstanoski (70,000), Tim Marsters (66,100) and local Chris Ngatoa (66,000) round out the top five. Refer to our Day 1a chip counts page for the complete list of counts.

We'll be back tomorrow for Day 1b with Team PokerStars Pros Tony Hachem and Bryan Huang expected to be in attendance as well as ANZPT Adelaide winner Octavian Voegele and Aussie Millions champ David Gorr.

The action recommences at 12:30pm local time (GMT+8) and we look forward to you joining us then!