APPT Sydney: Good vibrations for WSOP bracelet winner

It's great to see a WSOP bracelet winner in today's 1B field, with American Brian "Rookie" Wilson taking his seat in the Star City Poker Room along with 108 other hopefuls in pursuit of the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final title.

The 42-year-old won his bracelet in the same year as PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Joe Hachem won the Main Event, 2005, with his victory coming in the $5000 Pot Limit Hold'em, and good for more than USD $370,000.

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Brian Wilson is surfin' his way back up the leaderboard

At the time, Wilson commented that it was the 20th event on the 2005 WSOP schedule, it started on June 20 and his lucky number was 20. Today, he found himself on table 16 ... close but no cigar! After an early dent to his stack, Wilson is back above his starting stack of 30,000.

Keeping with the musical theme, the Big Game Poker Room has turned into the "Nut Straight City Limits", with Australia's Brendon Rubie doubling up on table 21 to take the chip lead while Kamyar Ekrami wasn't so lucky on table 25 where he shared space with defending champion Martin Rowe.

Rubie had his all his money in the middle on a flop of 9♣ [10s] 8♠ holding Q♥ J♦ and Joseph Moussa tabled J♣ 7♥; both had flopped a straight but Rubie was ahead with the queen-high straight and it improved further when the K♠ spiked on the turn. With Moussa needing a jack to chop, the river bricked out with the 4♦, but both players are still in the tournament.

Rubie has since cracked the magic mark of 100,000 after eliminating fellow Aussie Danny Mountt. The money was all in the middle before the flop; Mountt was the all-in player and had revealed A♣ J♣ but Rubie had the advantage with A♥ Q♦.

The dealer revealed a sweat-inducing flop of 2♣ 4♣ 8♦ giving Mountt the nut flush draw but kept Rubie ahead. The turn came up black, but in the form the [10s] and the repeat [10h] came down on the river to complete the board, sending Rubie's chip stack up to 105,000 and Mountt to the rail.

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It's been a gem of a start to day 1B for Brendon Rubie

Rubie is looking comfortable here at Star City and rightly so, having won the APPT Sydney Opening Event in 2008 to add to his impressive resume of online results and his current ranking of third in the Australian online poker rankings.

Kamyar Ekrami found himself up against not one, but two jack-high straights after moving the last of his stack into the middle on a flop of 7♠ 8♣ 9♠ with 9♥ 9♦ against the J♠ [10h] of Australia's Sergio Forte and the J♣ [10c] of Jamal Ayoub.

Ekrami was looking for the board to pair but he managed to get a couple more outs to a miraculous chop possibility with the [10s] appearing on the turn. It wasn't to be as the 2♦ blanked out on the river to send Ekrami's tournament life to an early grave.

Only five of the 109 players who started day 1B have been eliminated, which is a much slower rate than day 1A. Big stacks, one-hour levels, no-one's in a hurry today.