Day 2 of the PokerStars Asia
Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) concluded today in Sydney Australia at the Star City Casino.
The day began with 217 all vying for the last 48 spots, and making the money.
The day was assuredly grueling for those few who made it to the end, for the
some unfortunate souls the day was unexpectedly very short.
Among the early casualties were
some big names in the world of poker, such as John Juanda, Chris “ Money800 ”
Moneymaker, Gavin “ GavinGriffin ” Griffin and Terrence “ Not Johnny ” Chan. All
these players, including several others, hit the rail early and were in no
position to even challenge for the money.
Bad beats were certainly not
uncommon at this tournament, as the afore mentioned Terrence Chan flopped a set
of jacks against the pocket aces of John Mendel, but with an ace on the turn
Chan was sent packing. Though this might not seem like a bad beat, a two-outer
on the turn or river can certainly sour anyone’s disposition.
As the bubble neared, another bad
beat, a legitimate one this time, sent a player packing with the best starting
hand in poker. Marlon Goonawardana
raised pre-flop with pocket nines and was immediately by the pocket aces of
Andrew Meldrum. The flop and the river were of no consequence, but a nine on
the river gave Goonawardana trips to devastate Meldrum and send him packing so
close to the money.
The bubble boy ended up being David Sanis, as he went all for the last
of his chips with Ah-8c. Sanis had survived several all-ins before this hand,
but when Tim English called this all-in bet with pocket queens, and hit a queen
on the flop, Sanis’s day ended on the bubble and certainly with a long walk
back down the red carpet.
With 48 exhausted players left in the tournament, and some much needed
sleep in their future, the day concluded with Frank Saffioti in the chip lead
with 619,000, and Brendan Edmonds hot on his heals with 508,000 in chips. Play
will resume on Saturday December 6th at 12:30pm local time in
Sydney, with AUD $1,000,000 top prize at stake.
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