APPT Sydney: Early to rise for High Rollers
A new feature of the APPT Sydney schedule for 2009 is the positioning of the High Roller tournament at the start, rather than end, of the APPT Grand Final. As such, players have just taken their seats for the AUD $15,300 APPT High Roller event.
The line-up of 26 players features such poker luminaries as 2009 WSOP Player of the Year and Australian Poker Hall of Fame member Jeff Lisandro, David Steicke, Daniel Neilson, Jay SEABEAST Kinkade, Jarred flopnutsonyou Graham, George Moussa, Billy Seri, Antonis 'Toothpick Tony' Kambouroglou, Bill Jordanou, Julius Colman Warwick Mirzikinian, Sean Keaton, Mark Ericksen and PokerStars Sponsored man Terrence Chan.
At the other end of the room, the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final has ticked into the second half of day 1A with 72 of the 80 starters still seated.
One of those is Peter Aristidou, the ever-popular tournament pro from Melbourne (he was runner-up in the Crown Poker Player of the Year award for 2008-09). He's also a close friend of Amanda De Cesare, who won the first series of The Poker Star.
Amanda was on hand to see Peter score a timely double-up against Sione Tuione in spectacular fashion. The money was all in the middle on a flop that read 4♣ 5♣ Q♠; Tuione had Aristidou covered and was in the lead with K♠ K♦ but Aristidou was still in with a great chance, turning up 7♣ 6♣ for an up-and-down straight flush draw.
The dealer then burned and turned with the famous "Star City Snap", which cracked loudly through the poker room to reveal the 3♣, giving Aristidou the straight flush! The river Q♣ rounded off the board to double Aristidou back up to 15,000.
On an adjacent table, Western Australian Kent Hunter also found a big hand to slice a slab of chips off ANZPT Adelaide champ Karl Krautschneider. The Melbourne player bet all the way on a board of 7♦ 7♠ 5♣ 5♦ Q♥, but sent his card into the muck when Hunter showed 7♥ 7♣ for quads. The Perth player climbed to 50,000 as a result, while Krautschneider is back to 65,000.