After a traditional Haka welcoming at SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, Day 1a of PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour kicked off yesterday. Eighty-nine players signed up for the first starting day and among them were Auckland Championships winner James Honeybone, New Zealand Poker Open Champion Jackson Zheng and APPT Auckland High Rollers Champ Kevin Clark.
But none of the ex-champs were among the 42 players who had chips left when the tournament manager called it a day. In the lead is Noah Vogelman with 128k chips, followed by John Harman and Tao Luo - both with 94k stacks. A bigger field of players are expected to participate today in the second starting day of the tournament, Day 1b.