ANZPT7 Perth: Kan crushes Day 1a

The poker action and the weather have finally cooled down here at Crown Perth, at least for the night, as Day 1a of the ANZPT Main Event has drawn to a close.

The atmosphere was buzzing this evening as 99 players packed the poker room, all in contention for a big score and the year's first Main Event title.

It looked like a tough field with familiar faces floating around. Aussie Millions Main Event final table finishers Lennart Uphoff, James Rann and Anthony Legg were among the action. Team Pokerstars Pro Bryan Huang, Jonathan Karamalikis and Dean Blatt also played the first flight.

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Team Pokerstars Pro Bryan Huang at Crown Perth

Only 54 remained when Day 1a finished up. Notables Daniel Neilson, Edison Nguyen and Adrian Attenborough were some of those who hit the rail.

Players lucky enough to make it through to Day 2 will be able to get some rest tomorrow before joining the qualifiers from tomorrow's Day 1b on Friday.

Raiden Kan managed to sneak through as the chip leader, bagging up 80,450. Kan has already had a fantastic start to the year, with a tenth place finish in the Aussie Millions Main Event for $95,000, and a seventh place finish in the $25,000 Event of the same series, collecting $125,000.

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Raiden Kan at the table for the Main Event

Hot on Kan's heels is the player who is first on Singapore's all-time money list, Bryan Huang. He finished up with 75,450 in chips. Australian Didier Guerin, meanwhile, amassed 68,400. With blinds returning at 400/800/100 they'll have a lot to play with.

Other players to qualify for Day 2 include Tony Tartaglia, Michael Addamo, Jesse 'On The Mac' McKenzie, Iori Yogo and reigning ANZ Player of the Year David Lim. Below is how the top ten stack up.

ANZPT Perth Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

Raiden Kan (Hong Kong) - 80,450
Bryan Huang (Singapore) - 75,450
Didier Guerin (Australia) - 68,400
Anthony Marenko (Australia) - 66,825
Michael Doyle (Australia) - 62,025
Xuan Liu (Canada) - 59,600
Wayne Stichling (Australia) - 59,375
Gregory Wheeler (Australia) - 58,475
Warren Giles (Australia) - 57,850
Michael Addamo (Australia) - 54,575

The next bunch of hopefuls will fill the poker room here at Crown Perth tomorrow, with cards in the air at 12:30pm local time. As always we'll be covering the action right here at the PokerStarsBlog. We hope you can join us then and in the meantime you can find full end-of-day chip counts in the live reports section on the ANZPT7 Perth page.