ANZPT Auckland Day 1b: Koray crushing
We're now getting deep into play here on Day 1b of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event with around 45 players remaining in contention from today's starting field of 66 entrants. Looking at the chip count leader board and there's another familiar face at the top of the counts.
Koray Turker, or "The Terminator" as he's been referred to in the past, is making a rare appearance here on the ANZPT. It's been a while since we've seen Turker in action, but we'll never forget some of his hyper-aggressive play, and his equally-combative table talk from the APPT Queenstown event a few years back.
Turker was a runaway chip leader in the early stages of play, before his brashness got the better of him in a clash with Tom Grigg. The classic line of "You're about to get owned" that Turker spouted in the middle of six-bet shoving ace-five into Grigg's pocket kings is one of the all-time memorable moments in the history of poker in New Zealand.
Looking at Turker's record, he hasn't cashed in an event since 2011, so we can only assume he's been taking a break from the game. But here he is today, in action in the ANZPT Auckland Main Event, and chasing his first major tournament result.
Interestingly, there hasn't been any of his usual trash talking that we became accustomed to a few years ago. Perhaps he saves that just for the Aussies. Or perhaps he has matured over the last few years. The angling of his baseball cap might suggest otherwise, but his game is still looking razor-sharp.
Turker is well known for his loose-aggressive game, so when former ANZ Player of the Year Mishel Anunu flopped top pair with ace-king earlier today, it was understandable that he went with the hand. However this time around, Turker had a real hand with his pocket kings hitting a set to send Anunu crashing to an early exit.
From there, Turker has been able to use his big stack to pound on his opponents in his usual way. He's now over 70,000 in chips with a level and a half left to play today, so well on track to claim the chip lead at the end of the day. Turker seems to be a master of play on day ones, but we'll have to see if he will be able to hang onto that big stack and avoid the day two blow-up this time around.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.