APPT Sydney High Roller: Poker tourist leads the way

With the excitement of the final elimination on day 3 of the APPT Grand Final subsided, focus has firmly shifted to the opening session of the APPT Sydney High Roller event.

Of the 37 players who paid the $15,000 entry fee, 19 players have been eliminated. Recent departures have included Tony Kambouroglou, Josh Pang Ang, Warwick Mirzikinian, David Steicke, Andrew Scott, Julian Powell and Bill Jordanou.

The price of poker is up to 250/500 with an ante of 50 (level 6), with Andrew Pantling still leading the field. The Canadian, who plays mainly online, has been a great supporter of the APPT since relocating to Australia.


APPT Sydney High Roller chip leader Andrew Pantling

He said the APPT events were a great excuse to travel around the region. And he’s already tasted some modest success. After leading the APPT Auckland main event, he finished 12th, then placed 41st in the APPT Macau main event.


Let's play some cards: Grant Levy

Close behind Pantling is last year’s APPT Grand Final winner Grant Levy, who’s enjoying the chance to focus purely on his poker after a tough PR schedule leading up to this year’s event. Others placed prominently are Tony Dunst, Masa Kagawa, John Juanda and Jeff Lisandro.

Chip count (approximate) after level 5

Andrew Pantling (Canada) 78,000
Grant Levy (Australia) 58,000
Tony Dunst (USA) 54,000
Masa Kagawa (Japan) 46,000
John Juanda (USA) 44,000
Van Tran (Australia) 42,000
Jeff Lisandro (Australia) 42,000
Peter Eastgate (Denmark) 35,000
Chad Brown (USA) 34,000
Danny Huynh (Australia) 28,000
Nat Seet (Singapore) 24,000
Sam Korman (Australia) 14,000
Shane Dye (Australia) 11,000