APPT Sydney: Dye delivers dose of Kryptonite
The latest news from our feature table is that Shane Dye is still beating up on his more fancied opposition and is sitting comfortably on approximately 50,000 in chips. His sparring partner PokerStars Sponsored player David “Superman” Saab has been crippled as the Aussie hoop applies his own brand of beat down on day 1A of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final at Star City.
“I didn’t even realise I had played with Shane before,” Saab said. “He remembered me from a tournament in Melbourne where I apparently put him out of tournament when I hit a set against his aces. Everyone knows who I am. He is playing really well though today, with a very tight aggressive style of play.”
Shane, when asked if he enjoyed ‘riding’ over the top of the Superman, said: “I’m just annoyed I forgot to bring any headphones.”
Dye wouldn’t have any issues if he’d been seated next to PokerStars Sponsored player Lei He. Last year’s third-place finisher in the APPT Grand Final has started strongly and looks at ease in the early stages of the tournament.
“I have been sidetracked a lot this year so I really haven’t been able to spend the time on my poker that I would have liked to. This event is really special to me though and I would love to go a couple of spots better,” he said.
Meanwhile the preliminary events continue around the APPT Grand Final, with popular Crown player Sam Youssef the latest to celebrate victory after the $2,200 No Limit Hold’em six-handed event.
It’s been a big year for Sam who won the high stakes events at the Melbourne and Victorian Championships. He outlasted a field that included PokerStars Sponsored players Tony Hachem (sixth) and Emad Tahtouh (who has apparently suffered a fractured hand).
“It wasn’t about the money; I only do it for the trophy and the enjoyment of the game. It would have been disgraceful to lose the event when I got heads up. I owed it to the Melbourne boys to take the title home,” Youssef said.