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2012 ANZPT Season 5 Auckland Day 1c: Xia Takes Charge

Xia Dong Xia

The third and final flight of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Auckland Main Event is in the books. Day 1c was the last day for players to buy-in and give themselves every chance to make it through to Day 2, so it wasn’t any surprise when 86-runners turned up to bring the tournament total to 207. That field created a prize pool of NZ$414,000 and the all-important payouts can be found here.

As expected, several big names took their seats for the final starting day, including 2011 Aussie Millions champion David Gorr, defending Auckland champion Danny “Brotha D” Leaoasavaii, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Simon Watt.

During the day, Watt was involved in a massive pot that saw both him and Stephen McKay commit all their chips preflop, creating a pot over 100,000 in chips. Watt was in great shape when he tabled his {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} after seeing McKay had {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. All was going to plan until the river fell the {K-Hearts}, and Watt saw his day end prematurely.

As the day rolled on, it was some fairly unknown players who made their presence felt and made late runs to obtain the chip lead. Xiao Dong Xia left it till the last 20 minutes of the day to win two of the biggest pots, and subsequently lead all competitors going into Day 2.

The biggest hand came when he and McKay met with a few minutes of the day to go. On a flop showing {K-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}, Xia checked-raised and was called, before the turn fell the {A-Hearts}. Xia then check-called the turn for 20,000 in chips. When the river repeated the {A-Diamonds}, Xia checked, and McKay threw out a bet of 40,000. He was eventually called by Xia. McKay was shocked when he tabled his {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} for a full-house, but was beaten by the {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades} of Xia. The other players at the table were just as shocked at what happened, as Xia started stacking up his mountain of chips.

Xia’s 180,600-chip stack ended up towering over those of Monica Eastick (137,000), Patrick Lui (105,700) and Pravin Haryi (88,000) who finished near the top of the leader board for the day. With that, Xia will now head into Day 2 as the overall chip leader, and the top 10 chip counts from Day 1c can be found below.

Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts

1Xiao Dong Xia180,600
2Monica Eastick137,000
3Patrick Lui105,700
4Pravin Harji88,000
5Emile Gissaud80,200
6Kani Edwards72,700
7Jamie Mulligan70,200
8Keith Walker70,200
9Mike Stecker65,100
10Dennis Shikhu62,500

Day 2 will commence tomorrow at 1230 NZDT Saturday (1530 PDT Friday) with 76 players returning, all looking to make a deep in hopes of taking home the NZ$107,640 first prize and title of ANZPT Auckland. The top 24 places will be paid out, and you can find all of the live updates in the PokerNews Live Reporting pages.

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