ANZPT Season 5 Melbourne Main Event Day 2

The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Melbourne Main Event Day 2 has just come to an end after an extremely long day’s action. The tournament started at 12.30pm local time yet did not finish until 05.30am.

The players that took part can be commended for the high levels of focus they showed throughout the day, with Ashley Warner taking most credit due to him ending the day as the chip leader with 1,565,000. That puts him a good 500k ahead of his closest rival Michael Lo Giudice who holds 1,058,000 chips.

The day started with 141 players and was eventually whittled down to just nine for tomorrow’s final table, which is in just eight hours time. That means not a lot of sleep for those players to be involved, though I am sure many of them will be eager to get on with it to be honest.

Peter Matusik finished the day in third place and will be chasing his second ANZPT title; he is a tiny amount behind Lo Guidice in second place so stands a very good chance of achieving just that.

Notables Who Fell!

There were some big names that had made it through to Day 2 such as Joe Hachem, Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen and Bryan Huang yet all of them failed to make the final table and was eliminated. Huang did the best of them all as he finished in 12th place, just three places away from that final table.

Joe Hachem started out as one of the big stacks on Day 2, yet things were not to be as nothing went his way. He chased a nut flush draw and didn’t hit his cards in a big pot for his tournament life against Tristan Baines. That turned Baines into the chip leader at that time, though he was later eliminated himself and didn’t manage to make the paying places.

Angel Guillen never really stood a chance, he was already a short stack when the day started and didn’t last more than a couple of hours. Huang on the other hand had a good day, but eventually found himself as a short stack as the bubble for the final table approached. He was forced to make some moves and found his A-10 up against the A-Q of an opponent and was headed out of the event.

The Final Table:

1 Paul Hockin 801,000

2 Michael Lo Giudice 1,071,000

3 Michael Guzzardi 509,000

4 Peter Matusik 1,058,000

5 Anthony Aston 680,000

6 Igal Augarten 173,000

7 Karan Punjabi 235,000

8 Ashley Warner 1,565,000

9 Ismail Ismail 350,000