APPT Sydney: House falls on Holsonback

A very tentative beginning to Day 1C, the final flight of the APPT Grand Final's first day. John Holsonback is the first player to be eliminated with a full-house, running into a better boat on the river.

Elsewhere, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem is a renowned short stack player, but will be keen to avoid getting much shorter than his current stack of just over 14k.

Highly credentialed Australian pro Gary Benson has doubled up with pocket jacks. All of Benson's money went in on a flop of 2d 7d 5s. His opponent called and showed pocket 10s to Benson's delight. The turn (4c) and river (Qc) were no help to his opponent and Benson has doubled-up and now has 32k.

Benson recently beat a field of well-known Australian players in the $10k Bad Boys of Poke Invitational at the PokerNews Cup.

192 players remain, with most players hovering around the starting stack amount of 20k at the midway point of Level 2 (blinds 100/200).

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