APPT Sydney: Galaxy of stars light up day 1C

One of the best fields ever assembled for a single day on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is starting to arrive for day 1C of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final here at Star City Casino. Welcome to sunny, summery Sydney for the final day one flight in the last event on season three of the Asia-Pacific's largest and most prestigious poker tour.

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All roads, trains, trams and monorails lead to Star City for day 1C of the APPT Grand Final

The crème de la crème of Australasian poker will be out in force today, including PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros Joe Hachem, Grant Levy (winner of this event in 2007), Emad Tahtouh and Tony Hachem, along with the entire PokerStars.net Team Asia contingent comprising Celina Lin, Bryan Huang, Tae Jun Noh, Dan Schreiber, Raymond Wu and Jonathan Lin.

Today's field will also include WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro, who achieved the remarkable feat of winning three bracelets in a single year earlier in 2009. He maybe listed as being Italian, but Lisandro is a born and bred Aussie, raised in Western Australia.

Others we've spotted making their way into the brand new Star City Poker Room include last night's APPT Sydney High Roller winner Jarred Graham, 2008 APPT Macau High Roller final table participants Andrew Scott and Charles Chua, the effusive David Saab, PokerStars Sponsored Player Terrence Chan, Daniel Neilson, Jonathan Karamalikis and Ben Delaney. Luckily, many of these players had a couple of days to recover after partying up at the official welcome:


Watch APPT Sydney 09: Welcome Party on PokerStars.tv

Current Aussie Millions champ Stewart Scott has taken his seat, as have a large contingent of players from Korea including APPT Cebu winner Dong-bin Han, and several players who've forged their reputation at PokerStars Macau in China.

Play in the APPT Grand Final will commence soon, with players starting on 30,000 in chips, and blinds starting at 50/100. The structure for today's seven hours of play is:

Level 1: 50/100
Level 2: 100/200
Level 3: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 4: 150/300 (ante 25)
Level 5: 200/400 (ante 50)
Level 6: 300/600 (ante 75)
Level 7: 400/800 (ante 100)