APPT Sydney: Final table (level 21)

Welcome to our final table coverage of the 2008 APPT Grand Final. Cards are in the air on a massive day here, with a new poker millionaire to be anointed later today.

This is the most intimate setting of any APPT final table played so far. The feature table has been set up in the foyer area of one of the two theatres here at Star City, and bleachers have been set up. They are packed to capacity, and unlike events like the WSOP, the crowd are close enough to the table to see every heartbeat and twitch.


There's a great atmosphere around the final table

Meanwhile in the main poker area, the $3000 heads-up event has attracted a stellar field including Team PokerStars Pros Joe Hachem, Chris Moneymaker, Lee Nelson and Vanessa Rousso plus PokerStars Sponsored players Grant Levy, Van Marcus and Emad Tahtouh plus David Saab, David Steicke, James Obst and Graeme Putt.

And later tonight, the top five players who’ve made the money in the $15,000 APPT Sydney High Roller event will return to decide who will take home the first prize of AUD $222,000. Canadian Andrew Pantling, Jeff Lisandro and Jarred Graham remain in the running for that title, which will decide at 6pm tonight (play finished at 8am this morning)!

With blinds at level 21 (10,000/20,000 with a 3000 ante) and the tournament only a few hands old we have lost Tom Rafferty in ninth position. In a remarkable hand (given the even stacks at the start of the final table), Rafferty raised in the cut-off and Fazzolari called on the button.


Tom Rafferty's early move comes up short

The blinds folded and players saw the flop come A-10-7 with two clubs. Rafferty fired a pot-sized bet at the flop and was instantly raised by Fazzolari. Rafferty just as quickly moved all-in and Fazzolari called with top two-pair. Rafferty turned over a flush draw and was left desperately searching for a club to hit the board.

The turn and river bought no joy for the young Australian as Fazzolari raked in a huge pot giving him a commanding chip lead with a stack of more than three million. Blinds are about to go up to level 22 (12,000/24,000 with a 4000 ante).

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