APPT Sydney: Better late than never

Michael Guzzardi wasn’t really interested in playing the APPT Grand Final today after a tough session in the ‘big PLO’ game last night. But at the insistence of a mate, he decided to take a seat in the last satellite played yesterday. Sure enough, the Melbourne youngster won through and is sitting pretty late on 55,000 late on day 1C.

Guzzardi, known online as thebigsicko, made his major tournament debut in the WSOP earlier this year. He cashed in three WSOP events, including a tremendous seventh in the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys event.

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Michael Guzzardi, perhaps it's fate

He started playing poker online with a $1 bankroll and ran that original dollar up to six figures over the course of two years. His live record could be set for another major score if he continues the form shown today.

With less than an hour remaining on day 1C, the number of 2008 APPT champions in the field is down to one. Eddy Sabat, the APPT Macau winner, bowed out when he found himself in agonising spot with eights against nines. No haircut just yet Eddy.

APPT Auckland champion Daniel Craker got into a tangle with Jason O’Brien, the money going on a board of 10s-2d-9c-Ah-7s. The Kiwi saw O’Brien’s pocket sevens and knew he was beaten, mucked his cards and left the tournament area.

In contrast to Jason Gray’s runaway result yesterday, the stacks in the room are very even tonight, with Jay Huxley back to 85,000 but still leading. However, there are more than 10 players within 15,000 of the lead.