APPT Sydney: Or is it APPT Sid-ney?

By Landon Blackhall

The 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final field has been confirmed at 396, with a total prize pool of AUD $2,376,000. The winner will take home AUD $594,000 with 48 players ensured a slice of the pie over the next two days.

One player's who's put his hand up as a possible contender for the final APPT title of the year is Sydney's Sid Jabbour, who has now moved up to more than 150,000 after eliminating well-known Aussie online player Rayan rkruok Nathan after making a bold play with [10d] 2♠ against Nathan's A♥ 4♥. The money ended up in the middle and Jabbour hit a board that was spread 9♥ [10h] 8♣ 4♠ K♠ to end Nathan's day.

The other big mover in the past hour has been Anthony Venturini, who ended a pre-flop raising war when he shoved all-in with J♣ J♥, with David Borg along for the ride holding 7♦ 7♣ The board ran out Q♥ 6♠ 4♦ 9♥ 5♣, leaving the 2008 NZ Poker Champs Main Event winner to ship the bulk of his stack to Venturini, who climbed to 120,000.

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Jonathan Lin's first trip to Sydney has ended with elimination late on day 1C

Two of the PokerStars.net Team Asia Pros have been among the recent spate of eliminations. Jonathan Lin was the first to go when he moved his last 4000 chips into the middle before the flop with Q-5 (suited) after a raise of 1000 from Australia's Rick Bono. A king hit on the flop and held on the way to send Lin packing.

Bryan Huang was then busted by the unflappable David Saab - with a board that was spread A♦ [10d] 3♥ 7♦ 2♠, Huang moved all-in for his last 7000 but was unable to beat Saab's A♥ Q♠. Saab, as usual, made plenty of noise but he is not making any friends - even PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Joe Hachem has cautioned him to tone it down.

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Bryan Huang's hopes of a fourth APPT cash have ended for the year

Stewart Scott's APPT Grand Final campaign ended despite a miracle double-up after getting his money into the middle before the break holding [10s] [10h]. He was racing against Feng Linjie's A♠ K♦, and the flop was a nightmare for the reigning Aussie Millions champ as it was spread K♠ K♥ J♦.

The 6♣ landed on the turn before a friend of Scott called for the [10d]. Snap - it landed up on the river. However he was later eliminated at the hands of Jimmy Wong when he ran his pocket nines into Wong's pocket jacks and never improved.