ANZPT Perth: On The Mac on top of Day 1b
The temperature was sweltering outside and the heat was just as hot on the felt of the Crown Perth Poker Room this afternoon as Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event got under way. Today we saw an impressive field of 152 players in action which puts the total numbers at 219 entrants for this event. First place is set to pocket around $115,000 which is a very nice return and a great result for all involved in the organization of this event.
Some of the notables in today's field included Raj Ramakrishnan, Michael Chrisanthopoulos, Stev Lackovic, Jesse McKenzie, Ashley Warner, Vincent Rubianes, Tristan Bain, James Broom, Didier Guerin, Tony Tartaglia, Michael Pedley, Mile Krstanoski, Kyle Cheong, John Corr, former ANZPT champions Michael Kanaan and Paul Hockin, former Aussie Millions winner David Gorr, reigning ANZ POTY winner Mishel Anunu and runner-up Anthony Aston, and the current ANZ POTY points leader in Michael Guzzardi.
The ladies were well represented with Melanie Weisner, Errolyn Strang, Amanda De Cesare and Monica Eastick all looking to become the first female winner on the ANZPT.
We also saw the red spade of Team PokerStars represented with Singapore's Bryan Huang and Mexican Angel Guillen making an appearance. Despite hailing from foreign soil, both have become regulars on the ANZPT and are very keen to collect some silverware down under.
Huang had a tricky spot tangling with Daniel Botta and Jesse McKenzie for most of the day, but managed to navigate his way through with around starting stack, while Guillen had to contend with talented local Kyle Cheong, but was able to bag up a healthy 48,525 chips.
With such a big field we were expecting to see some big stacks emerge and it was Jesse McKenzie who became the one to watch.
Late in the day, McKenzie cracked six figures when his set was paid off by his opponent's top pair, before another set saw him eliminate another opponent to catapult to a massive 162,825 in chips. That's about double what the chip leader had yesterday, so McKenzie is in great shape to make a run at ANZPT glory.
We'll have the full counts of the surviving players in the live updates section a little later this evening.
With six levels in the can, 70 players survived today which was a pretty hefty attrition rate. They'll return for Day 2 at 12:30pm on Friday (GMT+8) where the surviving 108 players from both flights will come together in the Crown Perth Poker Room for the first time. Until then, you'll find us at the bar at The Merrywell. Good night from Perth!
Meanwhile, the PokerStars Macau team have announced the launch of a new live poker room at the City of Dreams. Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Danny McDonagh to talk about this exciting news: