STAR POKER: Tam’s the man on day 1B in Sydney Champs Main Event

David Tam leads the field into day two of the 2012 Sydney Poker Championships Main Event after another eight levels of action on day 1B in the Sports Theatre at The Star.

A total of 148 players will return for day two in pursuit of the $127,133 first prize. The field was confirmed at 337 players, comfortably eclipsing the 313 that entered last year, with 37 to make the money. Those that cash are guaranteed $2780 while a place on the final table will earn a minimum of $10,616 for a ninth place finish.

Plenty of familiar faces took their seats on day 1B including former Sydney Championships winners Andrew Capelin (2010) and Errolyn Strang (2012), 2009 APPT Sydney champ Martin Rowe, Jesse McKenzie, Aaron Benton, Leo Boxell, ‘Toothpick’ Tony Kambouroglou – who has already won two side events in this series – Mike Ivin, Brendon Rubie, Irish pro John O’Shea, Andrew Scarf, Steve Baker, Graeme Putt and Sheldon.

After 149 players took their seats on day 1A, another 188 joined them for today’s second flight but only 89 of those survived with Tam stacking up 177,100 in chips following a monster pot late in the day after which Tony Hachem was eliminated. Tam flopped the nut straight holding 7-10 and all the chips went into the middle with Hachem drawing almost dead holding pockets Js.

He joins day 1A chip leader John Caridad (169,850) as the two big stacks heading into tomorrow’s day two while there will be plenty of other notable joining them from today including David Borg, Aaron Benton, Leo Boxell, Martin Rowe and defending champion Errolyn Strang. Not so fortunate were Jesse McKenzie, Rubie, Kambouroglou, Sheldon and Andrew Capelin among plenty of others.

2012 Sydney Champs Main Event end of day one chip count

David Tam 177,100
John Caridad 169,850
Dominic Galati 133,350
Stephen Putsey 111,600
Fady Alam 106,400
Donald Civic 105,400
Alex Lee 105,250
David Allan 104,075
Karib Karib 98,125
Stephen Tam-Brown 97,900
Ronnie Shabtay 97,800
Luca Borreggine 97,725
Aaron Benton 96,500
Michael Kanaan 96,225
Li Wei Han 96,200
Brett McGrath 91,975
Weng Wong 90,675
David Borg 90,500
John Donohue 87,325
Con Angelakis 86,100
Sefehr Naderi 85,000
Kahle Burns 84,350
Timothy Mitchell 83,800
Bryan Huang 83,750
Peter Skouteris 82,100
Stephen Buchanan 81,575
Jimmy Ghobrial 81,100
Andrew Davis 80,600
Christopher Bridle 79,500
Mark Wong 75,800
Teresa Natoli 72,125
Michael Levy 71,950
Ben Siderowitz 71,700
Ismail Ismail 70,400
Jackson Cheung 69,900
Peter Dykes 68,525
Chris Ayoub 67,600
Bruno Portaro 64,700
Eddie Saade 62,700
Edgar Montenegro 62,000
Suzy Khoueis 61,000
Dien Nguyen 59,500
John O’Shea 59,000
Vahe Hovagimian 57,500
Nicholas Heather 57,300
Cameron Speers 56,775
Narbeh Hovsepian 54,525
Mark Locsin 54,300
Phillip Georgiou 52,100
Jimmy Tran 51,300
Joel Cohen 51,100
Steven Baker 50,600
Peter Natoli 50,500
Paul Webster 50,300
Adam Ratten 49,025
Daniel Ricci 48,700
Nathan Davis 48,075
Cale MacLean 47,800
Dean Yuen 46,925
Naji Hassoun 46,275
Luis Arrilucea 45,600
Mark Lasarow 45,600
Martin Comer 45,275
Laurence Hall 44,925
David Lacchia 44,900
Martin Rowe 44,900
Yalcin Kaya 44,125
Trevor Saunders 43,500
Bruce Hall 43,125
George Daskalakis 43,100
Yibo Zhou 43,000
Paul Tartak 40,675
Faton Aslani 39,400
Leo Boxell 39,400
Martin Ward 38,925
Gary Benson 38,025
John Thomson 37,600
Jonathan Gamerov 35,100
Tony Sama 34,750
Bassam Habib 34,400
Jane Howard 33,900
Jun Seong So 33,900
Sasho Andonovski 33,675
Tazz Mathers 33,325
Jake Saunders 32,200
Ismail Sahin 31,400
Gerhard Niess 30,500
Connie Diakovasilis 30,000
Li Yang 29,800
Loan Lazar 29,400
Kenny Huynh 29,200
Ramy Tadros 29,200
Gaetano Scaravilli 28,500
Nima Behnia 28,275
Todor Kondevski 28,100
Bede Connelly 27,925
Hai Chu 27,675
Mathew Rolfe 26,475
William Skountzos 25,900
Peter Berginc 25,425
Johannes Hoffmann 25,200
Michael Kahale 25,000
Richard Allen 24,875
Charles Caris 24,800
Ali Ghezelbash 23,300
Luke Edwards 23,000
Joseph Lind 22,925
Mitchell Macedo 22,600
Frank Paul 22,425
Bobby Zhang 22,225
Henry Sun 21,800
Andrew Miller 21,400
Andrew Hinrichsen 20,225
Sean Lannon 20,000
Roy Agresta 19,900
Daniel Morton 19,300
Andrew Scarf 18,600
Tom Pongrass 18,375
John Pachos 17,525
Paul Pedersen 17,450
Robert McDowell 17,300
Lindsay Beach 16,775
Trent Adams 16,100
Barry Forrester 15,900
Adam Laoutaris 15,700
Louie Elias Srour 15,075
Bill Jordanou 15,000
Darren Thompson 14,700
Grant Levy 13,925
Joe Caruso 13,400
Joel Dodds 12,450
Did not report 12,400
Camil Debsia 11,900
Peter Mormanis 11,900
Michael Luzynski 11,500
George Mariglis 11,400
Did not report 11,300
Emanuel Seal 10,575
Geoff Mooney 10,550
David Chilcott 10,400

Prizepool

1 $127,133
2 $80,374
3 $44,989
4 $34,880
5 $28,560
6 $23,253
7 $18,450
8 $13,901
9 $10,616
10-12 $7079
13-15 $5813
16-18 $5308
19-21 $4802
22-24 $4297
25-27 $3791
28-30 $3285
31-33 $3033
34-37 $2780

Schedule

August 11

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

August 12

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


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