ANZPT Sydney: Jazz Mathers hits the right notes on Day 1a

March 21st 2014 By Heath "TassieDevil" Chick

With events in Macau and Noumea dominating the recent headlines, the attention of the poker community returned back to Australian shores today as Day 1a of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event kicked off at The Star.

The new poker room area was greeted with plenty of positive reviews as a healthy field of 211 entrants took their seats for the first of two opening flights.

There were plenty of notables scattered around the tables including former ANZPT champions Scott Kerr, Michael Kanaan, Martin Kozlov, David Lim and Dave Allan, APPT winners Aaron Benton, Billy Argyros and Grant Levy, WSOPE bracelet winner Andy Hinrichsen, Australian Poker Hall of Famers Jason Gray and Mel Judah, Full Tilt Ambassador Tom Grigg and Team PokerStars Online member Roy Bhasin.

Canberra’s Alex Lee and Anthony Aston were the early pace setters, with Aston claiming an early elimination after flopping a set and turning a full house with pocket nines.

Jason Pritchard and Dave Allan were also prominent while Rory Young went on a bit of a heater late in the day to join the chip leaders.

Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, Grant Levy couldn’t connect with his flush draw to be sent to an early exit, joining the likes of Tom Grigg, Henry Wang, Jackson Zheng, Sam Rotar, David Lim, Andy Hinrichsen, Meg Brandenburg, Aaron Benton, Jason Gray, Jim Collopy, Sam RotarBrad Bower and Ken Demlakian on the rail as 73 players survived the day.

Leading them all was Jazz Mathers. After being virtually down to the felt earlier in the day, Mathers pulled off a remarkable recovery thanks largely to an impressive call down with ace-high against Billy Argyros. From there, Mathers was all rock and roll as he crushed the field to amass 195,200 by the end of eight levels of play.

Top Ten Chip Counts
Jazz  Mathers - 195,200
Danny Zhong - 164,500
Alex  Lee - 148,100
Nicholas Polias - 132,000
Colin Morris-Denby - 128,500
Eugene Zanozn - 124,600
Anthony Aston - 117,100
Jordan Westmorland - 111,600
Michael Kanaan - 103,900
Karl Spiegel - 89,100

Click here for the complete chip counts from Day 1a

The second and final flight will start at 12:30pm local time. Another huge field is expected to turn out for Day 1b with the $2,200 ANZPT Sydney Main Event set to push the magical one million dollar prize pool barrier.

Head to the PokerStars Blog for live updates during the day, while we’ll have nightly recaps right here on Poker Asia Pacific.

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