APPT Sydney: The Bank busts
We shouldn’t be cheering for players today, but we definitely had a soft spot for Frank ‘The Bank’ Bianco. One of the most popular staff members at Crown in Melbourne, Frank made it two cashes in two APPT events after he made the money in Macau.
Indeed, he enters the record books as the only player to have cashed in all the APPT main events he’s played! Frank recently farewelled us when he shoved with pocket nines only for Tony Basile to pair his A-J on the flop of Jc-4d-Ks. See you at the Aussie Millions, Frank.
Barely two levels into play, already 20 of the 48 players who started the day remain. Those checking out the cash-game lists include former chip leader Stewart Davidson, who sent UK PokerStars qualifier Daniel Kowalski into the chip lead when the money went in pre-flop with Davidson showing A-K and Kowalski pocket aces. There were no miracles, and Davidson was out in 37th.
The final US player in the field, Thomas McLaughlin finished 36th, with Michael Harrington (35th) and Sam Capra (34th) following soon after. Capra was looking good with kings against the pocket nines of Michael Guzzardi, only for a nine to land on the turn.
Dutchman Roel Pijpers was KOed by fellow PokerStars qualifier Phil Willcocks in 33rd, then Anthony Rafter was next to go when the money went in on the on the board of Ac-Qc-5d-6h. Fazzolari needed help with his K-5 with thepirat’s A-8 just ahead until the Kh sailed down the river to sink the Irishman’s hopes.
The 500 chips have just been raced off as the blinds increase to level 18 (5000/10,000 with a 1000 ante). There are 31 players remaining, and the field has been redrawn into four tables.