SPSS TODAY: Dec 8; Main Event final day starts three spots short of the money

It was a long but eventful day in Sydney at the Star Poker Summer Series Main Event but after 12 hours of play the field has been reduced to just two tables.

Having started the day with 99 players hoping to stake their claim for the $176,344 top prize, just 18 remained at the end of day two with the money bubble just around the corner (15 will be paid).

And while plenty of big names fell by the wayside – including overnight chip leader Benjamin Zhang – there are still a number of notables left with Daniel Neilson, Billy Argyros, Tam Truong, Andrew Scarf, Joel Feldman and Chad Awerbuch among those to progress to the final day.

Very nearly joining them was Sydney Swans captain Adam Goodes who sat among the chip leaders for much of the day before slipping back and busting in 19th place in the final minute of the day.

The big winners from day two were Ray Gebrael (pictured), who won a big pot from Neilson to become the first player to rocket past 500,000 late in the evening, and Tam Truong, who eliminated Zhang when he flopped trips and rivered quad queens in a massive race against A-K during the final level.

Gebrael returns with the chip lead and a great chance to, at the very least, push through to the final table. Given that we still have some work to do to get that far tomorrow, the 18 remaining players will return at 2pm with play to continue until we crown a new champion. The PMA live reporting team of Ben Blaschke, Chris Murphy and Sean Callander will again be on site to follow all the action.

Star Poker Summer Series $5000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (135 players, 15 players paid, total prizepool $634,500) start of day 3 chip counts

Ray Gebrael 549,500
Tam Truong 438,900
Joel Feldman 401,600
Daniel Neilson 354,200
Luke Edwards 306,400
Chad Awerbuch 286,500
Ivan Zalac 216,200
Matt Rolfe 210,000
Nurlan Boobekov 192,600
Billy Argyros 191,000
Edgar Montenegro 173,800
Chris Ayoub 147,600
Andrew Scarf 103,200
Sayed Jabbour 101,100
Joel Cohen 100,600
Brian Brannigan 55,300


1 $176,344
2 $112,219
3 $65,728
4 $54,506
5 $44,887
6 $36,872
7 $30,459
8 $24,047
9 $19,238
10-12 $14,428
13-15 $11,222


Level 14: 1500/3000 (ante 300)
Level 15: 2000/4000 (ante 400)
Level 16: 2500/5000 (ante 500)
Level 17: 3000/6000 (ante 500)
Level 18: 4000/8000 (ante 500)
Level 19: 5000/10,000 (ante 1000)
Level 20: 6000/12,000 (ante 1000)
Level 21: 8000/16,000 (ante 2000)
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 (ante 2000)
Level 23: 12,000/24,000 (ante 3000)
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 (ante 3000)
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 (ante 4000)

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