APPT Sydney High Roller: Hachem goes out the in door

The entire field of 37 had yet to be seated in the PokerStars.net APPT Sydney High Roller when the first two players were eliminated. After winning his first major title here last year in the APPT Tournament of Champions, 2005 WSOP champion and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem won’t win a second, at least tonight.

Canadian Andrew Pantling flopped a set of 10s, which held-up against the numerous flush and straight draws of Hachem. It’s Saturday night in Sydney, so the Aussie poker icon shouldn’t struggle to find something to do for the rest of the evening.

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An early night for the 2005 world champ

Since then, Sam Youssef (the six-handed champ here last week and a dual High Stakes hold’em winner at Crown in 2008), Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso, Steve Leonard and Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros are among the seven players eliminated in the early going.

Pantling (81,000) leads in the early going from Van Tran (43,000), Richard Holmes (36,000), John Juanda (31,000) and Tony Dunst (29,000). The remaining 30 players will be playing for a slice of the AUD $555,000 prize pool, with first taking home AUD $222,000, runner-up AUD $133,200, third-place AUD $88,800, fourth AUD $66,600 and fifth AUD $44,400.