Records set as players return on the hunt for the biggest prize in ANZPT history.
A cool quarter of a million for the one who reaches the top of the podium this week. First place prize is set at $261,200 and it’s serious business here as the action gets back underway.
Yesterday we saw records broken as a total of 520 players pulled up seats to set the prize pool at $1,066,000 for the last-ever ANZPT event. With an all-time high for field size and money up for grabs we’re certainly ending the ANZPT’s seven-year legacy in fine form.
It’s been a frantic start as players found their newly allocated seats for the 12:30pm start. The plan is to play down to the money tonight, with at least seven levels of poker guaranteed. That means the 241 Day 2 qualifiers will be whittled down to 63, with those lucky enough to make it locking up at least a $3,200 payday.
Leading the way as play began was South Korea’s Hyeong Wook Choi who started with an impressive 131,100 in chips. Choi emerged as the chip boss into Day 1b yesterday and continued scooping pots to cement that lead before play concluded.
Choi already has four live cashes on Australia soil but his biggest score to date came last year with an APT Manila Main Event appearance. Ultimately finishing fourth Choi pocketed $35,300 and looks well on his way to potentially besting that here at ANZPT Melbourne.
Following the chip leader is fellow South Korean and Day 1A end-of-day chip leader Min Jae Park. Currently second in chips Park began with 118,500. Just behind him is Danny Boxell with a stack of 107,100. Son of Australian Poker Hall of Famer Leo Boxell, he’ll be looking to follow in his father’s footsteps and find a deep run.
Others still in contention include Team PokerStars Pro Chen-an Lin (60,900), James Obst (22,100), Tristan Bain (85,200), Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros (33,500), James Rann (40,100), Raiden Kan (17,300), Anthony Legg (21,300), Luke Brabin (94,200), Sam Razavi (11,700) Michael Kanaan (25,800), Stevan Chew (58,700), Jackie Glazier (10,100), Manny Stavropoulos (59,800), Dean Blatt (43,800) and Tony Hachem (30,100).
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