The 2012 ANZPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event witnessed a record field at SkyCity casino’s tables for the NZD $3,000 buy-in Main Event. After today’s Day 1C saw 49 players enter the fight, it brought the combined total field to 149, surpassing the previous record of 134 set in 2009. This produced a prize pool of NZD $402,300 and the winner is set to pocket NZD $110,600.
With the three starting days now in the books, 87 players have survived to rejoin the tables on tomorrow’s Day 2a and Day 2b flights. Leading the charge will be Day 1A chip leader David Allan who sits on a 98,200 stack.
There are a number of notables still left in the running including Michael Kanaan (88,350), Aaron Benton (44,050), Jarred Graham (40,775), Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang (39,925), Bill Argyros (32,675), 2011 Asia Player of the Year Hung-sheng Lin (22,925) and Leo Boxell (21,300).
Among those who didn’t make it through their respective Day 1 fields were Jacky Wang, Jesse McKenzie, Lee Nelson, Alex Lynskey, Tom Grigg and Didier Guerin.
Top 10 Chip Counts into Day 2
1. David Allan – 98,200
2. David Wonson – 92,575
3. Michael Kanaan – 88,350
4. Laurynas Levinskas – 84,625
5. Antonin Duda – 79,450
6. Ken Demlakian – 70,750
7. Nurlan Boobekov – 69,200
8. Fergus Spary – 67,250
9. James Honeybone – 60,875
10. Gary Retallick – 55,650
Tomorrow will have the fields split into two for Day 2a starting at 12.30pm local time while the other half will sit down for Day 2b from 4pm. Those surviving three levels of action in the two flights will then be combined at 7.30pm to play out the remainder of the day.
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