Day 1b has now concluded at the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Main Event and it is Ted Nguyen who has come out as the overall chip leader going into Day 2 with 144,425 chips. At the start of the day we had 159 players which made a combined total for Day 1 of 257, however this amount was drastically reduced for Day 2.
As you would expect from any PokerStars backed tournament there were a few PokerStars Team Pros in attendance. There were four in total and things didn’t really go as they would have planned, Bryan Huang was among the first eliminations after getting involved in a rather crazy hand.
He initially raised to 400 preflop only for Vineet Jindal to raise to a massive 6,000, Huang then raised it even further to 15,000 where Jindal called. The flop came down A-Q-8 and Huang was quick to move all in for 11,000. Jindel called holding pocket tens and Huang showed the A9, however a ten on the river brought Jindel the pot and an early exit for Huang.
Jindal was also responsible for eliminating another Team PokerStars Pro too, Angel Guillen fell when her flopped trips were not good enough to beat Jindal’s flopped flush.
Other notables who didn’t survive were Jonathan Karamalikis, John O’Shea and Lee Nelson. Nelson was knocked out when he got his money in on a hand that was drawing dead come the flop, his opponent Gurang had flopped a flush and Nelson simply mucked his hand and left for the door right at that point without seeing the turn or river.
We did have some big names getting through to Day 2 though; with players such as David Gorr who won the 2011 Aussie Millions set to be a part of Day 2 with 33,075 chips. We also had a World Series Of Poker Europe bracelet winner on 33,075 chips in Andrew Hinrichsen, and a Team PokerStars Pro in Celina Lin holding 27,850.
There will be 168 players in total returning to the felt on Saturday for Day 2, all hoping to make it through to Day 3 on Sunday and then the final table to be played on Monday. So within a few days we will be able announce this year’s winner of the PokerStars.net APPT Melbourne Main Event.
Below is the combined top ten chip count’s from both Day 1a and Day 1b, which interesting shows that there were six players who managed to acquire more chips than the Day 1a leader on Day 1b.
Ted Nguyen 144,425
Phi Long Luu 134,025
Vineet Jindal 123,200
Tam Truong 119,500
Martin Comer 116,300
Jai Kemp 109,425
Brendon Rubie 103,575
Michael Kanaan 96,675
Ismail Ismail 94,275
Phillip Siddell 94,000