Star Power Set To Shine On APPT Sydney Final Table

Posted at 01:56 2010-12-12

PokerStars picked the perfect day to kick their live stream of the APPT Grand Final into action. Day three from the Star City Casino saw 32 players, most of them recognisable to even the casual poker fan, come to the felt to fight it out for nine places at the final table. After around 10 hours of action nine players remain in the running for the 2010 APPT Sydney Grand Final title and the $459,510 loot that comes with the win.

In a situation that mirrors the ashes, an Englishman is leading in a tournament that is usually dominated by the Aussies. Roland de Wolfe, who funnily enough is in the country to sweat the cricket, will be looking to take home almost half a million dollars more when he returns to the UK. Things are on track as he sits first in the chip counts overnight with 1,663,000.
While the English love to beat Australia, they are also pretty happy when they get one over the French.
If De Wolfe wants to win the tournament he will also have to hold off the challenge of 27 year-old Frenchman Antoine Amourette who is the leading challenger at 1,640,000 in chips. Amourette qualified online at PokerStars, but considers himself a poker professional and he has some results on the board that support this claim including a second place finish in the 2010 WPT France and a deep run in the APPT Sydney in 2009 where he cashed.
Overnight chipleader Reza Vakili bubbled the final table in 10th place to take home $24,280. His elimination would be the final hand for the evening and saw Vakili open shove his short stack with {Qs}{Jd}, only for Roland De Wolfe to make the call with {Qd}{Qh}. The five community cards were no help to Vakili, whose elimination has seen all players now guaranteed at least $36,415.
With so many big names in the field today, it was only natural that the final table would end up loaded with talent. Five Aussies, including Peco Stojanovski (1,608,000), Jonathan Karamalikis (890,000), Manuel Hansimikali (589,000), Benjamin McLean (530,000), and Tom Rafferty (482,000) will look to keep the APPT Sydney title on home soil. While De Wolfe, Amourette, American Eddy Sabat (917,000), and Canadian star Daniel Negreanu (267,000) will be seeking to the be the first overseas entrant to win the APPT Sydney Main Event.
Of course a load of notables also had to miss out on the final table with Brendon Rubie falling in 15th for $19,050, Grant Levy out in 18th for $15,610, while Mitch Carle and Jarred Graham secured $13,875 for their 21st and 24th placed finishes respectively. Tyron Krost and Con Angelakis were among the early day eliminations each taking home a minimum cash of $12,145.
With one of the most talent laden final tables of the year on display, it is fitting that Paul ‘The Voice’ Khoury will be in action with a team of special guest commentators to bring you all of the final table action “live” from the final table on the PokerStars APPT Webcast. You can join Khoury and the PokerNews Live Reporting team direct from the floor as cards get in the air at 2pm AEDT time on Sunday afternoon.

2010 APPT Sydney - Final Table Seat Draw & Chip Counts

Seat 1: Daniel Negreanu (Canada) Team PokerStars Pro 267,000
Seat 2: Antoine Amourette (France) PokerStars Qualifier 1,640,000
Seat 3: Jonathan Karamalikis (Australia) 890,000
Seat 4: Ben McLean (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 530,000
Seat 5: Roland de Wolfe (United Kingdom) 1,663,000
Seat 6: Eddy Sabat (United States) PokerStars Player 917,000
Seat 7: Peco Stojanovski (Australia) 1,608,000
Seat 8: Tom Rafferty (Australia) 482,000
Seat 9: Manuel Hansimikali (Australia) 589,000

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