ANZPT Sydney: Pinzone nails Day 1b chip lead

March 21st 2014 By Heath "TassieDevil" Chick

The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Sydney Main Event continued on Friday at The Star with Day 1b of the $2,200 Main Event attracting a strong field of 247 entrants. That took the total number to 458 players, which is another solid number for this event. It’s just two players less than last year and continues a great trend of consistency for this event and the ANZPT.

The top 54 players will finish in the money, with a min-cash worth $3,650 while our eventual champion will take home a whopping $225,300 in prize money.

Click here for the complete ANZPT Sydney prize pool and payout information

It was a highly-talented line up today that included the likes of Dennis Huntly, Todor Kondevski, Nam Le, John Maklouf, Ricky Kroesen, Michel Bouskila, Nathan Gubieski, Matthew Wakeman, Brendon Rubie, Ash Mason, Jesse McKenzie, Ben McLean, Dale Marsland, Patrick Healy, Dean Blatt, Dan Neilson, Errolyn Strang, Oliver Gill, former ANZPT Gold Coast champ Peter Matusik, previous Aussie Millions Main Event winner David Gorr, Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson, WSOP bracelet winner Christina Pie, ANZ Player of the Year leader Sal Fazzino and Full Tilt Ambassador Liam O'Rourke. A couple of late arrivals also included 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem and his brother, two-time ANZ Player of the Year, Tony Hachem.

Some of the big names came and went, with Marcel Naboulsi, Nathan Davis, Adrian Attenborough and Michael Pinzone all contending for the end-of-day chip lead.

Adrian Attenborough won an Aussie Millions gold ring earlier this year and he looked set to snatch the chip lead when he won a big pot late in the day with pocket kings against ace-king, however he was pipped at the post by Michael Pinzone.

Day 1b Top Ten Chip Counts
Michael Pinzone – 169,300
Adrian Attenborough – 159,300
Nathan Davis – 155,100
Brent Taunton – 133,600
Yibo Zhou – 122,500
Katie Sekhas – 114,900
Joshua Redhouse – 109,700
Marcel Naboulsi – 107,900
Jason Tompkins – 101,800
Michael Frydman – 99,000

Click here for the complete Day 1b chip counts

Click here for the Day 2 Seating Draw

A total of 167 players will return to The Star at 12:30pm on Saturday for Day 2 of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. We’ll likely reach the money stage before playing down to the final table on Sunday.

Live updates of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event can be found on the PokerStars Blog while we’ll have nightly recaps here on Poker Asia Pacific.

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