APPT Sydney: ... just when we thought we'd seen it all

After an unscheduled break, players in the APPT Grand Final and APPT High Roller events have returned to their seats. Let's just say there was an altercation between person "A" and person "B", which required the room to be cleared for a few minutes. We're into level six of the APPT Grand Final with 64 of the 81 starters still in contention, while three levels in the High Roller event have been completed.

It wouldn't be a High Roller event without an update on the progress of Hong Kong's David Steicke. "Hero or zero" is an apt description of his record in these events (having twice final-tabled the high stakes tournament at APPT Macau). But it was a short stay for the Aussie expat today after moving all-in pre-flop with J-10, only to be called by Johnny Huynh who revealed pocket kings.


David Steicke is free to focus on the APPT Grand Final after being bounced from the High Roller

Steicke made two pair on the flop of J-10-6 to take the lead and stayed there when a four fell on the turn. However Huynh counterfeited Steicke's hand when a six sailed down the river. Huynh moves up to 35,000 in chips.

Meanwhile in the APPT Grand Final, the pace of action has picked up with recent eliminations including PokerStars Player Dustin Dorrance-Bowman from the USA and Melbourne's Tony Paino.

On a flop of 5♣ 6♥ 2♣, Daniel Hameiri led out for 6000 from the big blind and two other players folded before Dorrance-Bowman raised from the button and made it 14,500 to go. Hameiri re-raised to 23,000, Dorrance-Bowman shoved his last 13,000 into the middle and Hameiri called, showing 6♠ 5♠ for two pair against his A♣ 8♣. The turn and river ran red all the way as the dealer turned up 9♦ Q♦ to send Dorrance-Bowman to the rail.

Only moments later on table 21, Paino moved the last of his short stack into the middle holding A♥ 8♦, but ran into the A♠ K♦ of fellow Aussie Pedrag Jovanovic. The board ran out J♦ 6♥ Q♥ 2♠ 3♦ to give Jovanovic the pot and Paino his marching orders.