APPT Sydney: When you see a chance, take it

It’s not everyday you get to take a shot at the world champ, and Shane Moran didn’t waste any time taking a swing – metaphorically – at the new WSOP world champion Peter Eastgate. Barely minutes after Michael Carr had packed away his guitar after delivering another stirring rendition of the APPT Grand Final anthem, Moran decided to test the mettle of the London-based Dane.

In two-way action, Moran bet 500 on a flop of 3d-Ks-Ac. Eastgate called and the turn showed Jc. Another 500, another call and the river comes 3s. This time Eastgate made it 1000, and Moran decided that there might be a better time to butt heads with the PokerStars Sponsored pro, who took down a nice early pot.


Peter Eastgate has stepped over his first hurdle

And it's good to see that the USD $9.1 million hasn't gone to Eastgate's head, with his buffet voucher for dinner tonight sitting conveniently next to his stack.

There’s an addition to the star-studded line-up we previewed earlier. Seated two spots to the right of PokerStars Sponsored player Bryan Huang is Nobuyuki Tanaka. No, he’s not a Japanese high stakes baller, rather a contestant from the latest Australian version of Big Brother. Forget Hachem or Eastgate, Nobby is the genuine A-lister in today’s field.

We also omitted to mention Brooke Howard-Smith, who works along side Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson on the New Zealand version of the Celebrity Joker Poker TV series. An ambassador for SKYCITY Auckland (which hosted the APPT Auckland event two months ago), Howard-Smith will be able to swap some celeb gossip with PokerStars Sponsored player Brian McFadden, seated at the same table.

And an early vote for fashion statement of the day goes to reigning PokerNews Cup champion Nali “Iraqi Nick” Kaselias. Fresh from his cash in the APPT Manila main event, Kaselias is wearing a Rocky-like sleeveless hooded top. Pretty menacing Nick.