APPT Sydney: Walk of fame leads to Star City

There’s a dash of Hollywood (sorry, there’s no real Australian equivalent to Hollywood) about today’s day IC field in the APPT Grand Final. Welcome back to Star City Casino in Sydney for the final flight on day one of the final event for the APPT in 2008.

Today’s feature stars Team PokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker and Joe Hachem, the world champions from 2003 and 2005. It co-stars Peter Eastgate, making his premiere after taking out the 2008 WSOP main event.


Joe Hachem gets settled at the feature table

In charge of the soundtrack is Brian McFadden, the former Westlife singer and now successful solo performer. He’s being sponsored by PokerStars for this event. The Irishman took his seat in the WSOP main event and PokerStars EPT Dublin tournaments in 2006, so is no newcomer to the game.

The supporting cast includes a long list of PokerStars Sponsored players including Singapore duo Ivan Tan and Bryan Huang, Aussies Tony Hachem, Emad Tahtouh and Van Marcus, Japanese pair Masa Kagawa and Yoshihiro Tasaka, APPT Macau main event Eddy Sabat and APPT Auckland winner Daniel Craker.


APPT Auckland champ Daniel Craker is in the house

And expect cameos from four-time WSOP bracelet winner John Juanda, top local pros Dory Zayneh, Julius Colman and David Gorr, APPT Manila runner-up Tae Noh Jun and popular Kiwi player James Honeybone.
Our producer is APPT president Jeffrey Haas, with APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh in charge on the floor.

Enough of the silliness, it promises to be a terrific day of poker with the field expected to surpass 200 (taking the tournament total close to 500). There will be seven 75-minute levels played today, with the structure Level 1: 50/100; Level 2: 100/200; Level 3: 100/200 (25 ante); Level 4: 150/300 (25 ante); Level 5: 200/400 (25 ante); Level 6: 250/500 (50 ante) and Level 7: 300/600 (75 ante).

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