APPT Auckland: Day 2 gets underway
By James Potter and Eliot James
Welcome to Day 2 of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland SkyCity Festival of Poker Main Event. With Day 1A and Day 1B over, 106 players remain and today the gloves will come off. This is where the real poker starts as the blinds start to mount and the tension starts to build.
APPT Tournament Director Danny McDonaugh thinks that we will be in for 9 to 10 levels today as we play down until we are deep into the money. We may play down to the final table but it is more likely that we will get to a little under 20 when we call it a day. Payouts begin at place 32 and the full payout structure can be found on the Prizes page.
Our chip count reflects that this is truly an international tournament but we certainly have enough local Kiwis in with a good chance of talking away the $257,000 first prize on offer.
Amant Nauhria from Auckland heads the field with nearly 100,000 in chips. The Indian born local was very aggressive and it will be interesting if he continues in that vein today. Just behind are the dynamic duo of the Singapore kids, Diwei Huang and Nathanael Seet, who are running second and third respectively and both have over 80,000 in chips.
In regards to the big names we still have Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem alive who made it through a tough day yesterday. The Aussie icon never really got started yesterday but toughed it out and finished the day on 21,900. The thing that sets players like Joe Hachem ahead of the rest is his ability to re-focus and take control of the situation in the later parts of big tournaments. Expect Joe to make some noise at the very least as both he and his brother, Tony Hachem, battle out for a spot on the Final Table.
Grant Levy PokerStars sponsored player and 2007 APPT Sydney Main Event Champion is ready to pounce with 32,900. Grant doubled up early yesterday and then never looked like getting eliminated. He is another player that we should expect to be there for a long time today.
Put the kettle on and sit back and relax and we will keep you updated on what should be a fascinating day.