APPT8 Auckland Day 1B: Razmi rises to the top
The sun is setting in the "Land of the Long White Cloud" and that means that Day 1b of the APPT Auckland Main Event has come to an end.
It was a big day inside the SKYCITY Auckland Casino as a very strong field of 93 players took to the felt to set this event well on track to match last year's ANZPT Auckland number of 213 entrants.
Some of those in today's field included Michael Guzzardi, Adrian Attenborough, Christian Haggart, Minh Nguyen, Ryan Otto, Jackson Zheng, Dan Sing, Justin Walsh, last year's winner David Lim and the reigning ANZ Player of the Year Iori Yogo.
Unfortunately Yogo would be unable to add another result to his poker resume as an early casualty of the day when he turned the nut straight against an opponent's set, only to watch as the river paired the board to make his opponent a full house.
Yogo wouldn't be the last hard-luck story as the players slowly dropped away to the rail throughout the day leaving just 32 players standing after another eight levels of play.
Minh Nguyen, Alex Lynskey and Michael Guzzardi were some familiar names accumulating some big stacks but once again it was the fresh-faced locals who would ultimately bag up the biggest in the room.
Mehrdad Razmi was the first to climb into six figures when his opponent tried a massive river bluff on a board of 7♠T♥5♥Q♠2♥. Razmi held K♥3♥ for the second nuts and had to give it some thought, but eventually made the right call to win the massive pot.
Zoran Farac was the other big stack in the room as he also added to his stack by picking off a bluff. The board read 4♦5♣6♥2♠T♥ with Farac calling down with K♥5♥ for just a pair of fives as Alex Lynskey showed J♦7♣ for a busted straight draw.
In the end that wouldn't be enough to challenge Razmi who bagged up enough chips for the overall lead in the tournament with an impressive 186,500 chips.
APPT Auckland Day 1b Top Ten Chip Counts
Mehrdad Razmi (New Zealand) - 186,500
Alex Lynskey (Australia) - 137,400
Zoran Farac (New Zealand) - 131,100
Neil Price (Australia) - 103,800
Matt Wall (New Zealand) - 87,200
Michael Guzzardi (Australia) - 71,300
David Evans (Australia) - 68,300
Barry O'Callaghan (Ireland) - 64,000
Matthew Barker (New Zealand) - 61,500
Geoff Fitzpatrick (New Zealand) - 61,500
The super-talented Minh Nguyen sits lurking dangerously close to the top ten while David Lim's defence of his ANZPT title is also going along nicely as he's through to Day 2 (Check out a hand analysis from David in the video below). Head to the live reporting section of the site for the full chip counts of the survivors.
The third and final opportunity for players to join the fun will come on Friday as Day 1c of the APPT Auckland Main Event kicks off at the bright and early start time of 10:15am (GMT+12). Until then, rest up and we'll see you again tomorrow!
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.