APPT Sydney High Roller: Workin' for the weekend
2.45am on a Sunday morning at Star City Casino in Sydney – the railbirds and punters are well refreshed, there’s enough skin on show for an X-rating and the security guards are busier than a termite in a sawmill.
After two very quiet levels (read: no eliminations), three players have been eliminated in quick succession as the PokerStars.net APPT Sydney High Roller ticks into level eight with 12 of the 37 players remaining.
Among the recent departures was 2008 WSOP main event winner Peter Eastgate. The young man has had a ball during his time in Sydney and was a welcome entrant in this event.
He’d enjoyed a sweet run of cards in the early stages of the event but was short-stacked when he committed his remaining chips and received a call from Japan’s Wooka Kim.
It was an old-fashioned race with Kim holding A-K against Eastgate’s pocket queens. A flop of A-Q-7 gave the Dane yet another set, but a K on the turn gave her outs, and a 10 on the river sent Kim squealing and clapping in delight.
Tony Dunst has closed to within reach of the lead when he doubled through Andrew Pantling, but the Canadian still leads from Jarred Graham and Dunst.
Chip count (approximate) at the end of level 8
Andrew Pantling 88,000
Jarred Graham 87,000
Sam Korman 80,000
Tony Dunst 76,000
Richard Holmes 65,000
Adriano Cendron 65,000
Masa Kagawa 48,000
Chad Brown 38,000
Jeff Lisandro 32,000
Emanuel Seal 28,000
John Juanda 28,000