ANZPT Repechage: It's moving day

We're back in action here in the Crown Poker Room as Day 1c of the ANZPT Repechage Main Event is in full swing. It should be an interesting day of poker ahead of us. Over the past three days 844 players endured the rapid-fire structure of this event with just 97 surviving to reach this point. No doubt they will now enjoy the luxury of one-hour levels which should give the shorties a little more time to make a move.

Those short stacks will be very keen to last at least until the final 63 players where the money will be reached. That's also the point at which the ANZ Player of the Year points kick in, which means almost as much as the money to some players. With Dejan Divkovic eliminated and Michael Guzzardi not making an appearance, the door has opened for a few other players in the top ten. Iori Yogo looms as a real threat, as does Dale Marsland who is one of the bigger stacks in the room at the start of the day. Other top ten players Jie Gao and Luke Brabin are also still in contention, although both are short stacked and looking for a quick double up.

This event could produce a really interesting final table, with many notable players still in contention. Previous Melbourne Championships winners Jackie Glazier, Tony Kondevski and Scott Peel are still alive, as are previous ANZPT champs Octavian Voegele, Dave Allan and Michael Kanaan are looking for their second title.

Of course leading the way is none other than Dan Neilson. On Day 1b, Neilson collected an astonishing 613,000 chips. That's thirty times the start stack on the first day of play. Sure, there were thirteen levels played, but you probably won't see that ratio of chip accumulation on day one again for a long time.


We're expecting to see Neilson continue to come out with all guns blazing here on Day 2 of the ANZPT Repechage Main Event. We'll be playing all the way until we reach a final table of nine. That will probably be sometime later this evening, but the way this tournament has been steam rolling ahead, it could be sooner than you think.