APPT Sydney: The home field advantage

Aside from the scores of PokerStars qualifiers we’ve been featuring over the past four days, many players in the APPT Grand Final field are doing so after qualifying through satellites at the host venue, Star City.

One of those is David Sanis, who we recently featured after he KOed Vincent Ha. David is a regular Star City player and won his way through in a single-table satellite earlier in the week.

“This is a really great tournament, well run and one that we are lucky to have here in Sydney,” David said after he just finished getting a massage, due reward after he took the chip lead.

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David Sanis: This place looks familiar

Christopher Lee is another likable local who is working himself nicely into the tournament. He started the day on the feature table with Chris Moneymaker and Tony Dunst but has had no problem finding good opportunities to see his stack grow and now has nearly 150,000.

Lee has only been playing for only two years and he considers himself a cash player who is just starting to move into tournaments.

“This is my first big tournament and I would just love to make the cash. At the start of today I just wanted to concentrate on making it through day 2 but I might have to set my heights a little higher after such a good start to the day,” he said.

Roberto Damelian also won his way into the tournament via a Monday night tournament, with the seat to the APPT Grand Final part of the prize package.

He is sitting next to Irishman Anthony thepirat Rafter who told us that Roberto was playing very well and won a huge pot with suited connectors a little while ago. We asked what Roberto’s strategies were for the rest of the day: “I can’t tell you that … these other guys will be listening!”