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Today saw the start of the second event in the inaugural WSOP APAC, taking place in the Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia.

This $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha event has had 172 entries, generating both a prize pool of  A$258,000, and a first prize of A$69,662.

The event has played down to the final 32 competitors. Some of the big names not to make it over the hump, and into Day 2, include Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and JC Tran.

Names that you will probably recognise and still have chips are: Dan Shak (43,100), Marvin Rettenmaier (42,900), Joe Hachem (24,400) and Sam Trickett (24,100), and we are expecting a big rail for Joe Hachem’s attempt to win a second WSOP bracelet, this time on home turf.

The chip leader is Andrew Gaw, from the Philippines with 69,800 chips to start his day with tomorrow, just ahead of Australian Antonis “Toothpick Tony” Kambouroglo, who’s stack will be 67,300 chips high when he returns to the table.

The players are due to be back at their seats at 12:30 local time tomorrow, and will be playing down to a final table, due to be played on Tuesday.

Tomorrow will see the beginning of the Mixed Event, as well as the first of the WSOP APAC final tables, and the crowning of the first WSOP champion in Australia.

We’ll have all the news here at FTR, and if you want to get the reports as they happen, follow us on twitter @FTR_Poker_News, where we will be tweeting the articles as they are published.