Four successful events of the 2008 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour are in the bag with Eddie Sabat, Yoshiro Tasaka, Daniel Craker and Van Marcus all being crowned champions. So who will be next? Will another Aussie take home a million-dollar first prize on home soil? Can Grant “grunter” Levy repeat his performance from last year and go back-to-back? Will a Team PokerStars Pro have a strong showing such as Joe Hachem, Gavin Griffin, Chris Moneymaker or Peter Eastgate? With the main event kicking off tomorrow, all will be revealed when an expected 500-plus players turn out at Star City to play in the 2008 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final in Sydney.
Last year’s event attracted a field of 561 players with the top 56 players collecting prize money; which included the cream of poker talent from Australia and around the world. Local players such as Kenny Ng, Patrick Fletcher and Grant Levy were supported from the interstate counterparts of Aleks Lackovic, Michael Pedley, Michael “Sticky” Guttman, Leo Boxell, Julias Colman and Karib Karib. The international players didn’t sit idle in the main event either with Tiffany Williamson, Henrik Gwinner, Terence Chan, Carter Gill and Scotty Nguyen all collecting cashes too.
Following such a successful event the previous year, what can be expected from the 2008 PokerStars APPT Grand Final? The buy-in has remained the same at US$6,300 which will mean the million-dollar guarantee for first place is assured. Satellite winners and PokerStars qualifiers are still abundant and an assortment of Australian players have already registered (as per the APPT website) including Andrew Meldrum, Assadour Assadourian, Gary Benson, Haibo Chu, Helen Davis, Jai Kemp, Jamie Pickering, Peter Pratis, Quoc Nguyen and Zhi Hong Ma.
The following professionals already have their seats locked up; Billy Argyros, Chris Moneymaker, Chad Brown, Gavin Griffin, Eddie Sabat, James “Andy McLEOD” Obst, Masa Kagawa, Peter Eastgate, Raymond Rahme and Vanessa Rousso. In terms of structure and play not much can beat the 75-minute levels, 20,000 starting bank and slow increase in blinds of the APPT Grand Final. Players have plenty of room to manoeuvre in their aim of building a big stack to take through to Day 2.
Make sure to stay tuned to PokerNetwork’s Live Reporting for every flop, bluff and elimination of the 2008 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you live from the Star City Casino in Sydney commencing at 12:30pm on December 2nd.
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