Poker is back in the spotlight at The Star with the Sydney Champs Main Event returning to the main casino floor and the stunning Sports Theatre for 2012.
Last night, 149 players took their seats for the opening day one flight with just 59 to return on Saturday for day two after eight one-hour levels of play in the $1650 buy-in No Limit Hold’em championship event.
Leading the way was John Caridad (pictured left) who slipped under the radar for much of the day before enjoying a heater in the final two levels of the day to finish with 169,850. He is closely followed by Dominic Galati with 133,350, Dave Allan on 104,875 and Alex Lee with 103,250.
A number of notables progressed to Day 2 including Singapore’s Bryan Huang, Haibo Chu, Gary Benson, Grant Levy, Andrew Hinrichsen, David Allan, Joel Dodds and Alec Smith.
Not so lucky, however, were Daniel Neilson, Michael O’Grady, Jai Kemp, Jason Pritchard, Didier Guerin, Milan Gurung, Rhys Gould, Sam Capra, Terry Tserdanis and Andy Lee.
Day 1B commences at 12.30pm with another eight one-hour levels scheduled and a host more big names set to hit the felt here at The Star. Check back in with us at PokerMedia Australia as we bring you all the live action from The Star.
2012 Sydney Champs schedule
12.30pm Event 7: $1650 Sydney Champs Main Event No Limit Hold’em day 2
4pm $550 $5K Challenge No Limit Hold’em Satellite
9.30pm Event 8: $500 Late Night Poker No Limit Hold’em
12.30pm Event 9: $220 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha
2pm Event 7: $1650 Sydney Champs Main Event No Limit Hold’em day 3/final table
4pm: Event 10: $5000 No Limit Hold’em Challenge