APPT Sydney: Bubble pains growing

The nerves have well and truly set in for the remaining 56 players in the APPT Grand Final with the bubble just spots away. Frustrations are boiling over as players strive to protect their short stacks long enough to ensure a minimum payout of AUD $8400.

The atmosphere around the poker area is electric. And that’s not a poker reporter beating up the story with a big stick – Star City is absolutely pumping with poker players, railbirds and plenty of Sydneysiders celebrating the festive season.


The APPT Grand Final and teams event have packed the rail

And several big names have been freed to join the party after busting out of the APPT Grand Final in the past hour, including Wooka Kim, the last two players who cashed in last year’s APPT Grand Final – Gary Diamond and Patrick Fletcher, the 2007 PokerNews Cup champion Dory Zayner, West Australians Petar Lackovic and Sam Jessop, Chris Levick, Derrick Wall, Harris Pavlou, Julius Colman and Jimmy Siu.

The top five chip counts heading into level 16 are Brendan Edmonds (440,000), PokerStars qualifier Phil Willcocks (390,000), Marlon Goonawardana (370,000), Jamie Pickering (360,000) and Ray Lapitan (330,000).