ANZPT Melbourne: A long road to the final table
We're back in the Crown Poker Room as 141 players have returned for Day 2 of the ANZPT Melbourne Main Event. It's going to be a long day as our goal is to reduce that field to our final table of nine.
Before our players get that far, they will have to navigate their way through another one hundred players to reach the money. The top 41 players will lock up a profit with a minimum $3,450 pay day. Bursting the money bubble always provides some interesting moments, so we have those fun and games to look forward to a little later this afternoon.
The opening flights didn't see any runaway chip leaders, as several players are tightly bunched in the 100k club. High-stakes cash game player Billy Jordanou is out in front, but his stack of 125,000 is well within reach.
Robbie Stewart and Day 1b chip leader Paul Hockin are close behind, while much of the attention will be on the progress of 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem. For all his successes in poker, Hachem has made it clear that one of his poker goals is to win a major championship on home soil.
Hachem only has one APPT cash to his credit, in Macau back in 2007, and is yet to register a result on the ANZPT. Winning his home town event would be extremely satisfying for Hachem and fantastic for his friends and family in Melbourne who have seen him develop his talents over the years right here in the Crown Poker Room.
We'll be keeping a close eye on Hachem, as well as our two remaining Team PokerStars Pros - Bryan Huang and Angel Guillen. Huang looked threatening on Day 1 before slipping back late, while Guillen struggled to get much going. Both will need an early double up to get themselves back into contention.
Grab a coffee and settle in as we bring you all the stories from behind the chip stacks of the ANZPT Melbourne, while our friends at PokerNews cover all the live action on the felt.