ANZPT Auckland Day 1b: Anesone is number one

A lovely day in Auckland greeted a total of 66 players who jumped into the depths of the SKYCITY Auckland Casino for their shot at the ANZPT Auckland Main Event crown. It was an improvement on yesterday's number, bringing our total to 110 players over the two opening flights. A full house for the final day of play tomorrow will look to push past 200 entrants and then last year's total number of 207.

There were a few more notable players in the Day 1b field with the likes of Slava Sheynin, Ken Demlakian, Koray Turker, Daniel Levy, Pravin Harji, Asj Taylor, Mishel Anunu, Cole Swannack, Graeme Putt, David Yan, world record holders Jon-Pierre Narbey and Chiu Lee and APPT Queenstown champion Jono Bredin all in today's field.

Slava Sheynin was quick out of the blocks to take the early chip lead after reaching the final table of this very event last year. A clean-shaved Daniel Levy and Koray Turker were also prominent.

Not so fortunate was Ken Demlakian who was an early casualty while Jono Bredin couldn't make it back-to-back titles here in New Zealand. Mishel Anunu, Graeme Putt and Asj Taylor were also among the fallen.

After seven levels of play it would be Kiwi Anesone Bragouits who emerged as our chip leader.


Bearing a remarkable resemblance to Jay Farber, Bragouits played like a November Niner today as he apparently "owned the table" towards the end of the day. Bragouits was sitting with Koray Turker to his direct left for a lot of the day, which is not a comfortable seat, before tangling with Pravin Harji and Cole Swannack late in the day. Despite the tough opposition, Bragouits emerged from that with 106,600 chips which was good for the Day 1b chip lead.

Cole Swannack, David Evans, Jon-Pierre Narbey and Pravin Harji were some of those to make it through as 32 players survived the day. Head to the Live Updates section of the website shortly for chip counts for all of the Day 1b survivors.

We'll be back in the SKYCITY Auckland poker room tomorrow where it will be déjà vu all over again for Day 1c of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. We're expecting plenty of Aussies to arrive tomorrow to re-unite the Trans-Tasman rivalry with the locals. As we mentioned earlier, there should be a near capacity field which should provide a fantastic day of poker action. Play will resume at 12:30pm (GMT+12) and we'll have all the updates for you right here on the PokerStars Blog. See you then!

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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