APPT Sydney 2007: One of poker’s most famous surnames

By Sean Callander

Luigi A’Preda is the new chip leader on the first flight of Day 1 in the APPT. Most of the way into level 10 (600/1200 with a 200 ante), A’Preda has 250,000. But close behind are Grant Levy and Terrence Chan, who just tangled in a big pot with APPT Seoul champion Ziv Bachar.

Luigi A’Preda
New Chip Leader - PokerStars Online Qualifier Luigi A’Preda

Chan raised pre flop to 3500 only to be re-raised to 8000. Chan then bumped it up an extra 15,000, and Bachar called.

The flop was Ac Kh 10h, Chan bet 22,000 and the Israeli instantly called. On the turn (9d), Chan pushed all-in – Bachar thought about it for more than a minute but folded.

The surname “Chan” is one of the most famous in poker, and the 27-year-old is showing every sign that he has a healthy slice of the talent that took the “Oriental Express” Johnny Chan to two WSOP main event victories.

Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Chan is well known in the online community as the former customer support manager at PokerStars. Now concentrating on a career as a player, Chan marked his arrival as a force in finishing runner-up to Hoyt Corkins in the $2500 No Limit Hold’em six-handed event at the 2007 WSOP (winning $US287,345).

He’s been a consistent performer in recent visits to the WSOP, cashing twice in the past three years. The title of APPT Sydney champion would certainly sit nicely against the surname “Chan”.

Approximate chip count (day 1, flight 1)

  • Luigi A’Preda 250,000
  • Grant Levy 220,000
  • Terrence Chan 205,000
  • Tony Dunst 170,000
  • Jason Clissold 150,000

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