APPT Sydney: Aussies exploit home-field advantage

The redraw for the final 16 players has just been completed as we reach the business end of the APPT Grand Final at Star City Casino in Sydney. Aside from the single representatives of the UK (Daniel Kowalski) and Canada (Tony Basile), the other 14 players are all representing the host nation.

The best credentialed of the remaining players is Sydney’s own Jason Gray, who placed third in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split World Championship at the 2008 WSOP for more than USD $200,000. However, the crowd is firmly in the corner of three players – Lisa Delellis, Scott Smith and Michael Guzzardi.

During level 19, eliminations were Ray Sukkar, who was caught out making a move with 10h-7h by Brendan Edmonds with Ks-Qh. The board ran out Jc-Js-9s-Kh-6s and the man who finished fourth in the 2008 PokerNews Cup was out.


Brendan Edmonds claims another scalp

Michael Fraser was also in all sorts of strife when he shoved with Kd-Js only to discover that Michael Guzzardi had woken up with pocket aces. They duly saluted, and Fraser was on his way to the cage to collect his cheque for AUD $15,400.

Marlon Goonawardana spent most of the day counting out or stacking up large numbers of chips after playing several big pots, but his tournament came to an end when he stuffed it in with 9c-10s. Frank Saffioti showed Ah-Qc to take the lead, and a queen on the flop signalled the end of the Melbourne’s player’s hopes of snaring the AUD $1 million first prize.

Table 15

Frank Saffioti 730,000
George Kassis 610,000
Jason Gray 540,000
Tony Basile 360,000
Scott Smith 630,000
Brendan Edmonds 700,000
Daniel Kowalski (PokerStars qualifier) 760,000
Martin Rowe 430,000

Table 16

Ray Lapitan 850,000
Michael Guzzardi 800,000
Lisa Delellis 350,000
Tom Rafferty 970,000
Antonio Fazzolari 880,000
Tim English (PokerStars qualifier) 570,000
Hai Bo Chu (PokerStars qualifier) 340,000

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