APPT Sydney: Gwinner carries lead into Day 2

By Sean Callander

The field for day 2 in the APPT Grand Final has been finalised after the conclusion of the third flight of day one here at Star City.

A total of 561 players have taken their seats in the Star City poker room over the past three days, and 116 will return at 12.30pm later today (Saturday) in pursuit of the $1 million first prize and total cash payouts worth $3.366 million.

Players to progress from day 1C included Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem (continuing his solid form from the Macau), PokerStars player Guillaume Patry (another player who’s been consistent in his APPT appearances) and Sydneysider Gary Benson, who held the chip lead at numerous points of the day.

APPT Sydney: Joe Hachem
APPT Sydney: Joe Hachem

One of the big stories of Day 1C was the late charge of Guy Mosel, playing just his second tournament after winning his main event seat at the recent launch of Big Game Poker at Star City.

On a flop of Kh Qs 10c, he peered down to find Ah Jd for the nuts. Even better for him, John Kim pushed all-in after making trip kings on the turn. The river blanked, and Mosel scooped a pot worth almost 100,000.

Hong Kong-based Henrik Gwinner, who was the chip leader from day 1B, will be the man to chase on 390,000. He’s more than 100,000 in chip clear of the next player – Davoud Khajeh – on 297,600.

Scotty Nguyen, the four-time WSOP bracelet winner who is a PokerStars player for the APPT Grand Final, is also in a great position with 250,000 in chips.


Other players back in action later today will include PokerStars player Terrence Chan, day 1A charger Grant Levy, top online player Tony “Bond18” Dunst and APPT Seoul champion Ziv Bachar.

From day 1B, players who’ll return include Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson, Julius Colman, Leo Boxell, APPT Seoul runner-up Sid Kim and Van Marcus. Could an Australian finally scoop a $1 million prize on home soil – we’ll know more after playing down to the final table of nine tomorrow.

Brad Willis
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