The second flight of Day 1 of the PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Auckland Main Event Day 1 is now consigned to the history books as we had another 56 players taking to the felt with just 36 of them surviving the day.
That means with just one more flight of Day 1 which starts in just about eight hours time, the running total for the event so far is 112 players. The last flight is normally the busiest in any event and if there is a field of around 80 players turning up tomorrow it would become the biggest PokerStars event to be held in Auckland for two years.
There was a successful Brit in the field too, with Sam Razavi coming off the win he had at the APPT Melbourne event a couple of weeks back. He has had a wonderful year so far but today wasn’t his day as he was eliminated within the first few hours of play.
Other players that were eliminated during the day included notable names such as Didier Guerin, Aaron Benton, Mishel Anunu and Dean Francis.
Whilst we lost quite a few of the big names on Day 1b, there were still some high quality players making strides towards Day 2. Popular local player Richard Lancaster was having a great day and could have ended right near the top of the leader board right near the end of the day, but he ran into another red hot player in Jie Gao and lost a substantial pot to send his opponent near the top instead.
Charles Caris was actually the player that ended the night as the chip leader, after stacking up 108,900 chips for his days work. Though he leads Day 1b, he is currently in second on the overall leader board behind the chip leader from Day 1a Angie Fitzgerald.
Caris only just finished as the chip leader for the day too, with just a 300 chip gap between him and Marc Wittkopf who held 108,600. Which means it all promises to be a close fought thing when Day 2 starts up on Saturday.
In a fast moving event where they are staggering the first flights of Day 1, the third installment will be starting in less than eight hours time at 12.30pm local time. Make sure you come back to get a full report on that final flight, as we keep you up to date on just about everything that happens.
The Top Ten From Day 1b:
Charles Caris – 108,900
Marc Wittkopf – 108,600
Jie Gao – 104,500
Jason Lee – 93,330
Geoff Smith – 84,000
Malvina McKenzie 65,700
Peter Field – 52,500
Wentao Qi – 48,800
Shane Ching – 48,200
Brendon Ng – 45,200