APPT Sydney: Chris climbing, Eastgate peters, Hachem heading home

It’s a long way to come from London for four hours of poker, but Peter Eastgate has proved a popular visitor to Sydney for the APPT Grand Final.

The 2008 WSOP main event winner didn’t really get much going today and the final nail was delivered when he pushed pre-flop with Ah-8s, only to find Jarred Grimshaw wake-up with pocket aces.

Despite his short stay at the tables, a round of applause from the other players in the room showed they appreciated the appearance of poker’s newest ambassador.

Another PokerStars Sponsored player Bryan Huang has had his hot streak put on hold after bowing out during level four. Huang, who cashed in a record breaking three APPT events this season, made his last stand with K-10 but the board brought no assistance against his opponents pocket queens.

It’s been a case of mixed fortunes for the two Team PokerStars Pros in the past few minutes, with the elimination of Joe Hachem and a double-up for Chris Moneymaker.


Three world champs started, one remains: Chris Moneymaker

However, Moneymaker can consider himself lucky after he found himself all-in with pocket jacks against pocket kings on a flop of 10-4-8, only for a tournament-saving jack to appear on the turn, taking him to 45,000 in chips.

Hachem’s tournament ended almost immediately after that hand was played when his pocket nines came up against Marcus Bechara’s A-K, with an ace on the flop sending the 2005 WSOP winner and Aussie poker icon to the trail.

We’re coming up to the dinner break on day 1C, with 144 of the 197 who started play still in their seats. Blinds are currently at level 5 (200/400 with a 25 ante). Wang Che Jung (108,000) and Jay Huxley (104,000) to have cracked the six-figure barrier today.