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Dunwoodie Dominates Day 1b of Sydney Champs Main Event

Posted at 11:16 2010-09-11

Yesterday saw the continuation of the 2010 Sydney Poker Championships $1,650 Main Event with Day 1b pushing total numbers past last year’s record of 324. 

After a bumper Day 1a, it was expected that we would surpass last year’s figures, and when 214 players made their way into the Star City Poker Room, that number was smashed as a total field size of 363 was locked in.

Local players Avi Ayalon, John Caridad, Ali Ghezelbash, Donna Ciric and Jim Ghobrial mixed it up with interstaters Con Tsapkounis, Tino Lechich, George Cotaidis and Michael Spilkin along with ANZPT Queensland Champion Scott Kerr, Melbourne Poker Championships winner Brendon Rubie and reigning champion Jarred Graham.

Once the dust settled and the chips were bagged and tagged, the above mentioned would have tried hard but fallen short as they all made their way out the door throughout the duration of the gruelling ten-level day as 70 players managed to lock up a seat for Day 2. Headlining those players is regular cash game and tournament player Sean Dunwoodie who accumulated chips early – and minus a small hiccup late that he rectified – bagged an impressive 174,900 besting yesterday’s chip leader Joel Dodds by more than a starting stack.

A few more players managed to eclipse Dodds’s final tally as Joel Sheridan (161,000), Robert Oayda (160,700) and Mark Green (154,800) all finished off strongly. Oayda and Green snuck up from nowhere to sit high on the leaderboard, but Sheridan made his name known early in the day when he captured a huge double with middle set against top pair. Unable to accumulate more chips from when he was gifted that double, Sheridan managed to maintain his stack until play ceased for the day.

The silent assassin Daniel Kochan went on an accumulating mission today gathering chips at will – eventually sitting just a few blinds shy of 200,000. But due to some mishaps – one of which we believe to be the reason behind Green’s healthy chip stack – Kochan slid down the leaderboard to bag a still healthy 124,700.

Pipping him slightly was a player that shared his quiet nature, but not his age, as Mike ‘The Tank’ Ivin bagged 125,600 in a room where he last registered a second placing just a few months ago in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.

Seated together for the last part of the day, Leo Boxell and Ali Khalil may have contradicting styles of play, but only a handful of blinds separated the two with Boxell collecting 102,900 and Khalil 94,000. Khalil at one point held 130,000, and that could have easily been over 200,000 if his flush freeroll in a Kings vs Kings pot could have spiked.

Current PokerStars.net ANZPT Points Leader John Maklouf battled throughout the day to finish exactly what he started with – 20,000 as fellow tournament regulars Sheldon and Peter Aristidou also withstood a see-sawing day to finish with 78,300 and 36,400 respectively.

Today sees both flights merge to leave 120 players to battle it out for one of the 37 spots where a guaranteed $2,995 payday is ensured, but more importantly a place on the final table of nine where a $136,942 first prize is waiting.

As always, PokerNetwork will be on the floor providing exclusive coverage of all the Day 2 action from 12:30pm as we push towards the elusive final table of the second annual Sydney Poker Championships Main Event!

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