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Hai Bo Chu On Fire at APPT Sydney

Posted at 09:50 2009-12-04

Day 1c was the last chance for players to fork over a lazy $6,300 for their shot at the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Sydney Main Event title and it was a day where the big boys came out to play. The field was a collective “who’s who” of the poker world, highlighted by World Champions and PokerStars Team Pros Joe Hachem and Peter Eastgate. They were joined by the likes of Celina Lin, Grant Levy, Raymond Wu, Bryan Huang, Emad Tahtouh, Tony Hachen, Jeff Lisandro, Mark Vos, Jarred Graham, Steve Topakas, Rayan Nathan, Ben Delaney, Daniel Botta, Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Van Marcus, “Toothpick Tony”, Ali Khalil, Brooke Howard-Smith, Andrew Jeffreys, Aleks Brkovic, Daniel Neilson, Bruno Portaro, David Saab, Andrew Scott, Con Tsapkounis, Tim Horan and Jonathan Karamalikis.

The day of “xMONSTERxDONG” didn’t last too long, as he was eliminated within minutes of sitting at the felt when he pushed hard with his flush draw against David Borg’s pair of kings. The board bricked out and the Dong was done.

It was a rough day for many of the big names amongst the 209 players who started the day with 120 surviving. Joe Hachem was eliminated in a race holding {Ad}{Kh} against the {Qc}{Qd} of Liem Tran and took the lead on the {Ac}{Tc}{3c} flop, however a fourth club on the river sent the 2005 champ to the rail.

David Campbell rose through the pack without too much fanfare to end the day amongst the leaders but it was Hai Bo Chu, final tablist from last year’s APPT Sydney Main Event and fresh off his final table result at the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series Main Event last week, who stormed up the chip count leaderboard. He ended the day at 151,300 to narrowly trail overnight chip leader Anton Blagov who amassed 166,800 during day 1c action.

The total field for the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Sydney Main Event came in at 396 entrants to create a $2,376,000 prize pool. The top 48 players will lock in $9,504 for their efforts while first place will take home $594,000 and the coveted title.

For the first time all 226 players will hit the felt at the same time for Day 2 action which kicks off at 12:30pm today. The PokerNews crew will be on the floor once again to bring you all the live updates.

Also a quick congratulations to PokerNetwork’s own Lynn Gilmartin who crushed souls on her way to 3rd place last night in the Ladies Event to please her loyal PokerNews backers! In between shattering the dreams of her opponents, Lynn caught up with the “other” talk of the town, IBO World Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green fresh off his huge victory.

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Hai Bo Chu continuing his good forum at the APPT Sydney Main Event Hai Bo Chu continuing his good forum at the APPT Sydney Main Event

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