APPT Sydney: Hachem in the house on Day 1B

By Sean Callander

2005 WSOP main event winner and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem has just wished players all the best and instructed dealers to ìshuffle up and dealî on Day 1C in the APPT Grand Final at Star City in Sydney.

Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem On Day 1

Thereís barely room to swing a cat today with a capacity field expected to take the main event field well over 550. Already 72 players have qualified for day 2, and they'll be joined by approximately 40 more today.

Day 1B wrapped up just after midnight with 42 players surviving of the 194 that started the day. The top five chip counts were Henrik Gwinner (390,400), Scotty Nguyen (250,400), Gary Diamond (239,000), Julius Colman (196,600) and Larry Wright (180,600). That leaves Gwinner the overall chip leader ahead of Davoud Khajeh (297,600), Jason Lien (278,200), Terrence Chan (253,200) and Scotty Nguyen.

Players in action today include Hachem, fellow Team PokerStars Pros Isabelle Mercier, PokerStars players Daniel Schreiber, Emad Tahtouh and Guillaume Patry plus highly rated locals Gary Benson and Billy 'The Croc' Argyros.

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