Poker players from around the country are descending upon the harbour city as the 2009 APPT Sydney preliminary events have kicked off in the build up to the season-ending PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final Main Event next week. The opening event was a $1,100 No Limit Holdem Deep Stack event with Germany’s Dominik Meyer overcoming Team PokerStars Pro Lee “Final Table” Nelson heads up to take the title.
The two-day event attracted a quality field of 269 players with WSOP final-tablist Warwick Mirzikinian entering day two with a monster chip lead after a big day out on Day 1a while David Sanis was trying to eradicate the scars of bubbling last year’s APPT Sydney Main Event in dramatic fashion as he took the chip lead from Day 1b.
Lee Nelson was fortunate to make it that far as he tripled up late on Day 1b with his pocket jacks spiking a set to crack his opponent’s pocket queens and ace-king. Nelson entered Day 2 with a good stack and never looked back as he used his experience and skill to work his way through the 85 survivors to reach yet another final table.
The final table was an intense affair but it was the German Dominik Meyer who had the cards fall his way. Holding T-8, Meyer was able to crack the A-K of William Skountzos when he rivered a straight and followed that up with his pocket tens collecting another double up against Sam Ioannou’s A-6.
Ioannou fell in third place and Meyer took on Nelson for the trophy. Meyer again had his tournament life on the line with A-9 against the pocket deuces of Nelson but remarkably the J-6-5-6-5 board counterfeited Nelson and gave Meyer another double up. The final blow was Meyer winning another race when his pocket threes held against Nelson’s A-Q to take the title and the first place prize of $75,320.
“There were some key spots where I got lucky but I played some good poker,” said Meyer following his win. “When I booked this holiday for a year I didn’t know the APPT was going to be on but I’m glad I found out.”
Final Table Results
1st Dominik Meyer - $75,320
2nd Lee Nelson - $45,730
3rd Sam Ioannou - $24,210
4th William Skountzos - $18,830
5th Andrew Scarf - $14,795
6th Henrik Tiemroth - $10,760
7th Benjamin Breadsell - $8,070
8th Quang Nguyen - $6,724
9th Bruce McPherson - $5,380
The APPT Sydney preliminary events continue today with the $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha event set to attract another big field to the newly revamped Star City Poker Room in Sydney.
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