After months of anticipation the PokerStars.net APPT Sydney Grand Final finally kicked off in the Star City Poker Room as 75 players took to the felt for Day 1a of play. With the High Rollers Event running simultaneously and attracting many of the big guns, the Day 1a field was an attractive option for many.
The defending champ Aaron Benton highlighted the field that also included Tom Grigg, Kristian Lunardi, Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis, Joel Dodds, Chris Levick, Raemin Alexander, David Saab, Billy Argyros, Jackie Glazier, Jai Kemp, Rennie Carnevale, Tino Lechich and Kristina Jeney.
Sam Rotar, Nathanael Seet and Mike Ivin were early casualties and after seven levels of play it was Manuel Hansimikali who emerged with the chip lead with 136,600 in chips as 41 players survived the day. Reza Vakili, Brent Bilby, Vijayan Nagarajan and Jai Kemp rounded out the top five.
Top Ten Chip Counts
Manuel Hansimikali - 136,600 Reza Vakili - 129,800 Brent Bibby - 128,800 Vijayan Nagarajan (PokerStars Qualifier) - 118,300 Jai Kemp - 108,600 David Saab - 94,900 Miray Badaoui - 93,100 Anthony Kanaan - 91,400 Jackson Zheng - 87,900 Jonathan Karamalikis - 83,500
Last night the event kicked off with the infamous player’s party at the Astral Bar at Star City. PokerNews’ own Lynn Gilmartin was in the middle of the action...
Since its inception in 2007, the APPT has been a happy hunting ground for the locals with Grant Levy, Martin Rowe and Aaron Benton keeping the title on home soil. Will the Aussies continue their dominance in 2010? Tomorrow we’ll see a new batch of players enter the fray with the field to be highlighted by four-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu.
The action recommences at 12:30pm tomorrow with all the live updates on PokerNews.com and PokerStars.com.
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