APPT Sydney: 25 points in Scrabble and 150k in chips

Marlon Goonawardana is aiming to book-end 2008 with another big result on home soil. The Melbourne-based player, who won AUD $155,000 in the $1500 Bounty event at the 2008 Aussie Millions has been the big mover in the second session of day 2.

On a flop of 4h-6h-8h, Goonawardana (6c-8c) went heads-up with Wang Che Jung (Kh-2h), but the New Zealander failed to fill his flush. The 6d on the river gave Marlon and full-house and a stack of 150,000.

The Team PokerStars representation has been reduced to one after the recent elimination of Lee Nelson. Cashing his second APPT final table in a row, Nelson’s kings ran into the pocket aces of Martin Rowe, which held up. Gavin Griffin is left to wave the flag, but is looking strong on just over 100,000 (average stack 65,000).


No successive APPT final tables for Lee Nelson

We’ve also lost another of the PokerStars Sponsored players after Japanese high stakes gambler Masa Kagawa walked his pocket deuces into the jacks of Thomas McLaughlin.

That leaves Eric Assadourian (80,000) and Ivan Tan (24,000) as the last two PokerStars Sponsored players in the field.

The fairytale is also over for Sydney’s own Vincent Ha. He won a radio promotion on the Austereo Network, which included a seat to the APPT Grand Final.

Despite his lack of experience, Ha was among the chip leaders heading into day 2 (holding 123,800) and held his own early before he tangled with David Sanis just minutes ago.


Vincent Ha: Living the poker dream

The flop showed Qh-Js-6s when the money went in, and Ha was well placed with pocket jacks against the As-Ks of Sanis. The 10s gave Sanis a flush, and the brick 3h sent Ha to the rail, but he carried that ever-present smile to the rail after an unforgettable experience over the past four days.