APPT Sydney: Lisa leads the ladies

Half of the 48 players chasing the AUD $1 million on day 3 in the PokerStars APPT Grand Final have been sent to the rail as the steady stream of eliminations continues through the afternoon.

We’ve recently farewelled French PokerStars qualifier Mamouni Smain (28th) when his A-J came up against the A-Q of Marlon Goonawardana. The deep run of champion jockey Shane Dye ended in 29th in similar circumstances when his A-Q failed to improve against the A-K of Melbourne’s Hai Bo Chu.

The ultra short-stacked Chris Lee made his last stand with a reasonable hand, pocket eights, against the Qh-4h of Ray Lapitan only for runner-runner hearts to end Lee’s tournament.

Martin Rowe claimed another scalp when his A-K held up against the A-8 of Travers Nicholas, then Sydney newspaper reporter and media league satellite winner Valerie Gigliotti was KOed in 25th when her K-Q ran into Lapitan’s A-9, with a nine on the flop good enough to take the pot. That leaves Lisa Delellis as the last remaining female player in the field.


Lisa Delellis is assured the honour of leading female in the APPT Grand Final.

At the top end of the chip count, it’s incredibly even and the lead has already changed on several occasions today. UK PokerStars qualifier Daniel Kowalski (750,000) leads narrowly from Tim English (700,000) followed by Tom Rafferty (640,000), Antonio Fazzolari (630,000), Marlon Goonawardana (620,000) and Jason Gray (600,000).

Our last remaining PokerStars Sponsored player Eric Assadourian was clinging to his tournament life but now has some breathing space with his stack up to 300,000 (albeit below the average of 390,000). The blinds are about to kick up to level 19 (6000/12,000 with a 1000 ante).