ANZPT7 Sydney Day 1A: Jabbour has more

It's a busy season for poker in Australasia. It seems that every week there is a new tournament series popping up somewhere in the Asia-Pacific, and fresh off the back of a hugely successful Macau Poker Cup, we hopped on a plane and jetted back to Australia just in time for the start of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.

The $2,300 Main Event is the second stop of Season 7 of the ANZPT. Over the years Sydney has consistently produced some of the biggest fields seen on the tour and hopes are high for another strong showing this season. And after 188 players took their seats for Day 1A, it appears the event is well on track for a 400+ player field and a juicy $800,000+ prize pool.

The prospects of a big prize pool brought out a few players that we hadn't seen in a while, along with a host of pros, local regulars, satellite winners and casual players taking a shot at ANZPT glory.

Some of the notable players included the likes of Brendon Rubie, Matthew Wakeman, Didier Guerin, John Caridad, Anthony Legg, Daniel Neilson, Dave Allan, Ricky Kroesen, Ashton Cartwright, Peco Stojanovski, Australian Poker Hall of Famers Gary Benson, Jeff Lisandro and Billy "The Croc" Argyros, APPT Auckland champ Minh Nguyen, 2010 Aussie Millions winner Tyron Krost and former ANZPT Sydney champs Michael Kanaan and Dinesh Alt.

The field also featured a number of internationals in the field with Kiwis Thomas Ward, Jackson Zheng and Phil Willcocks making the trip across the Tasman, along with Asia poker sensation Percy Yung and our lone Team PokerStars Pro in Singapore's Bryan Huang.

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After taking advantage of the perks of frequent flyer points to enjoy an extremely comfortable flight down under, there was a little more turbulence once Huang hit the felt today. Huang was struggling for most of the day and in fact, his make-or-break moment came on what would be the final hand of the night. We didn't catch all of the action, but the aftermath was that Huang made a big river call for around half of his remaining chips with just ace-high on a scary board against Gary Benson who simply mucked his cards. It allowed Huang to bag up a respectable 40,700 chips. That's just under average, but as the high point of his day, Huang would be rather pleased to be coming back for Day 2 in decent shape.

While Huang was struggling, former ANZPT Adelaide champion Octavian Voegele was flying high.

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In a remarkable clash with his roommate Tommy Vo, Voegele flopped quads with pocket nines on a 9-9-6 flop which spelled disaster for Vo with his pocket sixes. The two play together in the same home games on the Gold Coast, so Vo will at least be hoping Voegele can now use his chips to jag a big score to bring some cash back to the home game!

While it looked like Voegele was going to bag up the chip lead, in the end he was pipped for the chip lead by Sayed Jabbour. The Sydney local won a coin flip early in the day with ace-king against queens to get his day motoring before he flopped a set of jacks late in the day against an opponent who held top pair. That allowed Jabbour to bag up a very healthy 157,400 which going to be very tough to match tomorrow.

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ANZPT Sydney Day 1A Top Ten Chip Counts
Sayed Jabbour - 157,400
Octavian Voegele - 122,400
Tty Ly - 111,100
Peter Dykes - 91,600
Tony Sama - 91,100
Dominic Coombe - 90,900
Didier Guerin - 79,000
Ryan Hong - 77,900
Jackson Zheng - 77,800
Nathan Turner - 73,100

A total of 84 players survived the day with Ken Demlakian, Michael Kanaan, Andrew Dales, Anthony Legg, Pravin Harji, John Corr, Daniel Kochan, Peco Stojanovski, Gary Benson, Emanuel Seal and local cult hero Toothpick Tony among those who will be returning on Day 2.

Head to the live reporting section of the ANZPT Sydney blog for full chip counts of the survivors.

Thanks for following our coverage today and make sure you tune back in at 12:30pm on Friday for Day 1B of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event where a big field is expected to keep us on our toes!