The first day of the Asian Poker Tour Sydney Main Event is now over with both starting flights having been played at The Star Sydney Casino & Hotel.
With a stack of 254,300 chips to his name, Ricky Lim will go into the second day of play as the chip leader. He is one of only two remaining players who will enter Day 2 with over 200,000 chips. Tthe other is Meveni Tonga, who finished the second starting flight with 221,650 in his stack.
A total of 649 players turned out to play in the two starting flights, which has led the tourney to be described as the largest poker Main Event to have ever been held in the Australian city. Of those participants, 356 made the cut to Day 2, which means competition is likely to heat up when play kicks off again tonight.
Australian poker great and 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem was one of the players who turned out on Day 1b, but unfortunately and perhaps surprisingly, he was eliminated before the day came to an end. Diamond Joe appeared to have been plagued by bad luck from the start as nothing seemed to go his way in the event.
It was a different state of affairs for his son, Tony Hachem, however. The younger Hachem made it to the second day of play after a solid run on the starting flight. He won a nice hand in the later stages of the day when he hit a pair of Tens on the flop, which became two pair when a Two came on the river (one had also come on the flop).
That hand boosted Hachem’s stack by around 12,000 chips to put it to 85,000, and went up to 116,000 when the day ended some time later. That puts Hachem just outside of the highest 20 stacks going into Day 2 and the young shark can never be counted out this early in the event.
The prize pool for the Main Event was also announced during Day 1b, and a total pool of $1.17 million will be handed out for this tournament. The player who ultimately takes out the event stands to win a respectable $282,212 once everything wraps up on Monday.
As always, PokerUpdate will keep its readers up to date with the results of the Asian Poker Tour Sydney Main Event as the tournament progresses in the coming days.