APPT Sydney: This place looks familiar

By Landon Blackhall

While overseas visitors are able to easily identify the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, few (if any) would be able to tell you what or where Martin Place is - though many have already seen it.

Reality show fans might remember Martin Place in the second season of The Amazing Race. Superman saved Kitty Kowalski from being crushed by a car in Martin Place in the 2006 film Superman Returns. However, most people would remember that scene in The Matrix where Neo meets the Woman in the Red Dress. Yep, all these scenes were shot in Martin Place.


Welcome to the real world, Mr Anderson: Sydney's Martin Place, which featured in The Matrix

There's more to this street than what you see on the silver screen - Martin Place is Sydney's major shopping precinct, financial district and corporate hub all rolled into one. Located in the heart of the city, the street is constantly buzzing with activity and is particularly busy during the lunchtime rush hour.

Many of Australia's major banks and financial institutions were also established in Martin Place at the turn of the 20th century; many of those corporations still reside in their original heritage-listed buildings, including the Reserve Bank of Australia, which is the country's central banking authority.

From the big screen to the small, we're thrilled to see The Poker Star's Donna Ciric in action today. One of the stars of Joe Hachem's reality TV series, the statuesque brunette is off to a flying start in today's flight and is up to 64,000 in chips after a big pot that resulted in the elimination of Matt Whalley.


Donna Ciric stands out in a room of crusty poker players, as does her stack of 65,000

Ciric raised to 700 in early position before the flop but Whalley re-raised to 1200 before Charles Lam and Ciric called to go three ways into a flop of J♥ [10c] K♥.

Ciric then led out for 6000, Whalley moved all-in over the top for 14,000 and Ciric snap-called after Lam got out of the way - Whalley revealed A♠ A♦ but Ciric had spiked a set with J♠ J♦. Needing a queen or an ace to stay alive, the turn of the 6♦ and the river 5♣ completed the board, sending him to the rail.

Interesting to note that Lee Nelson, who was "Lieutenant" to Joe Hachem's "General" on The Poker Star, is seated on the table adjacent to Ciric. Master versus student - we'd like to see that.