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APT Sydney Attracts 649 Players; 357 Remain for Day 2

Posted at 06:58 2013-12-07 by Tim Duckworth

With the Star Poker Summer Series in full swing, the marquee event of the schedule was set to take centre stage with the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Sydney set to attract over 600 players and a $1 million prizepool.

The Star Poker Summer Series $2,000 Main Event already had a major sponsor after partnering with the National Poker League (NPL) and its NPL500, but just several weeks ago, the APT joined forces to make it one of the biggest tournaments in Australia for the year.

The player pool would consist of a wide array of players such as NPL qualifiers, satellite winners, local tournament veterans and touring poker professionals from all across the region. Day 1a attracted 273 players with the likes of Grant Levy, Aaron Benton, Daniel Neilson, Haibo Chu, Matthew Wakeman, Liam O’Rourke, Didier Guerin, Michael Kanaan, Jonathan Karamalikis, Tristan Bain and Dale Marsland just a handful of those taking a seat throughout the day. However once play concluded, only 152 would survive with Ricky Lim the chip leader with 254,300 while Aussie Millions finalist Patrick Healy, along with Bain and Wakeman being amongst the top few chip counts.

Day 1b would see a huge turnout of 376 players take to the felt led by 2005 WSOP Champion Joe Hachem along with Brendon Rubie, David Gorr, Leo Boxell, Jeff Lisandro, Tony Hachem and Tom Grigg. With a turnout being bigger than expected, it forced The Star to do what poker players regard as the number one sin when running a poker tournament … making it 11-handed.

Once Day 1b concluded, it would be NPL qualifier Meveni Tonga bagging the chip lead with 221,650 over the remaining 204 players. Although there was a mix-up with several players caught buying in twice, the final number would see APT Sydney create a $1,158,200 prizepool created from the 649 total entrants with the top 62 players being paid and $281,685 reserved for first.

Top 10 Chip Counts

PlayerChip Count
Ricky Lim254,800
Meveni Tonga221,650
Patrick Healy183,825
John Caridad169,700
Andrew Lock152,175
Tristan Bain151,475
Joseph Lorusso150,525
Tony Sama143,800
Matthew Wakeman137,475
John Thomson134,950

Day 2 is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. local time on Saturday afternoon with 357 players returning to play down to most likely the money before an APT Sydney Champion is crowned in several days.

*Information courtesy of The Star Facebook Page.

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