ANZPT Auckland Day 2: Bryan barrels off

Bryan Huang has a liking for New Zealand. He cashed in the inaugural APPT Auckland Main Event back in 2008, before finishing on the final table of the APPT Queenstown event twice - 9th in 2010 and 7th in 2012. Huang even won the Teams event title when he partnered with Brit Sam Razavi in last year's ANZPT Auckland series.


As the only Team PokerStars Pro in the ANZPT Auckland Main Event, Huang was carrying the weight of us all as he navigated through to Day 2 with 15,500 in chips. He was one of the overnight short stacks but an early double up with pocket sixes against ace-jack got his tournament back on track.

However with chips in hand, Huang went for a triple-barrel bluff that ultimately was picked off. The board read K♥5♠7♥J♥2♦ with Huang betting 3,300 on the flop and 7,800 on the turn before moving all in for his last 25,800 on the river. His opponent was Stanislav Chataline and he made the call with K♦T♦ for top pair which was enough to better Huang's A♠T♠ for ace-high.

As Huang enjoys the sunshine, Chataline is now sitting with a pretty impressive stack of 150,000. Day 1b chip leader Anesone Bragouits is just ahead of that with 170,000 while David Lim is our chip leader with a stack of 200,000, thanks largely to his pocket queens flopping quads to crack an opponent's pocket aces!

Around 60 players remain as we are about to enter Level 11 - otherwise known as the super-fun 900/1,800/200 level.

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

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