Day 2 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour has been consigned to the history books, as the original 76 players that had survived the flights of Day 1 sat at the felt. That number was drastically reduced though by the end of the day as only nine were left going into the final table tomorrow.
The player to finish as the chip leader at that final table is Jamie Mulligan who ended up with 987k in poker chips.
That total means he has almost double the chips ahead of Pravin Harji who is the player in second place. These final nine will now be looking forward to tomorrow where they will be charged with attempting to take down the title and the winners cheque of NZ $107,640.
Day 2 Underway!
Once the play got underway, though it took a little why to warm up it soon got into the swing of things with players jostling position on the leader board before the eliminations started coming in. In the early stages it was two women who were showing the men how it was done as Monica Eastwick and the ever aggressive Angie Fitzgerald.
By the halfway point of the day we were approaching the bubble, with each player looking to find themselves in the top 24 paying places by the end of the day. As that bubble approached we lost Paul Hockin just a couple of places from being paid whilst the bubble boy was Souny Fredrick as he lost his tiny stack of 1,000 immediately after the dinner break had finished.
Once he was gone, the play loosened up again as players knew they had already been paid, allowing them to now make some moves to achieve as high a payout as possible.
We started to lose players quickly, with big names such as Michael Guzzardi hitting the rail; he had recently finished in a very good third place at the ANZPT Melbourne and was one of the early favourites for this event, and however he finished in one of the minimum payout positions.
The Final Table:
Geoff Smith – 347,000
Patrick Healy – 255,000
Slav Sheynin – 510,000
Sebastian Martineau – 454,000
Pravin Harji – 597,000
Jamie Mulligan – 987,000
Xiaodong Xia – 169,000
Monica Eastick – 458,000
Graeme Putt – 130,000
The action is all set to continue tomorrow at 12.30pm local time where we will find out who takes home the title. So set your alarm and make sure you come back to read the full report of the final day.