For the first time in the 2008 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Grand Final we had all of our remaining 219 player in the Star City Casino poker room at the same time for Day 2 of play. The goal was to reach the money stage of the tournament, which seemed a long way off at the start of the day, however the action was fast and furious early on with players falling at a rapid rate.
Van Marcus was the last APPT Season 2 Champion remaining in the field and he battled diligently with a short stack but couldn’t find the double ups required as he was sent to the rail.
Other early eliminations were Terrence Chan, Jonathan Karamalikis, Tony Dunst, Kent Hunter, Chris Moneymaker, Leo Boxell, Lee Nelson and Andrew Scott.
Team PokerStars Pro Gavin Griffin appeared set for a big tournament but succumbed just prior to the dinner break after being dented when he ran into the set of jacks of Eric Assadourian.
After dinner the goal for the remaining 99 players was to reach the money. Slowly they dropped away one by one as the pressure built and the rail gathered. The biggest story of the day belonged to David Sanis who at around 1:30am became the tournament bubble boy in the most brutal of fashion. In a tournament defining pot his aces were cracked by a gutshot straight on the river, that netted Frank Saffioti a pot worth 600,000 – the difference between chip leader and short stack. What a sick game this can be. Sanis was eliminated shortly after and will have nightmares about his time here in Sydney.
However for 48 other players there were rounds of applause and celebration as they had reach the day’s end with a tidy $8,400 in their pockets. Some of the players who made it through the day to make the cash included Eric Assadourian, Brendan Edmonds, Frank Bianco, Zhi Hong Ma, Shane Dye, Scott Smith, Michael Guzzardi, Jason Gray and Marlon Goonawardana. They will be chasing Saffioti who will claim an unlikely lead into Day 3 tomorrow.
We’ll have the updated chip counts for you as soon as they come to hand.
Tomorrow the action kicks off again at 12:30pm local time as the 48 players will play down until we find ourselves a final table lineup! Stay tuned to PokerNetwork.com for our continued coverage from the 2008 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Sydney Grant Final!
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