APPT Sydney: Full house at Star City

It’s like 100 buses just pulled up at Star City Casino and unloaded their contents in the past hour. With the teams’ event about to kick off, many players have returned to the poker room, joining the scores of railbirds and players still chasing glory in the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final.

Many businesses around the city are also holding Christmas parties tonight, and you can be assured many of those party animals will make their way to Star City at some stage this evening. It’s going to be a huge night.

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Brendan Edmonds takes the chip lead to dinner

It’s already shaping as a night to remember for our new chip leader Brendan Edmonds. The Melbourne player just added the chips of Brooke Howard-Smith, the co-host of Celebrity Joker Poker in New Zealand to his stack after his middle pair held up against the Kiwi’s busted flush draw.

Edmonds overtook Stewart Davidson, who smashed the 200,000 barrier when his pocket aces took down Guillaume Lignon’s A-K on a board that came Qh-Kh-7h-6d-7d.

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Slim pickings, but Ivan Tan's hanging tough

One player we’ve barely mentioned today is PokerStars Sponsored player Ivan Tan. He’s struggled to get much going today and has spent the day well below the chip average. The Singaporean just received a much-needed boost when his Kd-Qd held-up against an opponent’s 6h-9d with the board showing 7s-Qh-6d-7c-10s.

Predictably, the huge contingent of Australian players is dominating the APPT Grand Final, but the internationals have started to crash the party. French PokerStars qualifier Mamouni Smain has climbed over 200,000, US PokerStars qualifier Patrick Carron is on 195,000 and Team PokerStars Pro Gavin Griffin has almost 160,000. It’s almost dinner time!