Strictly business: Fayad bags chip lead after WPTDeepStacks Sydney Opening Event Day 1B

From a total of 375 entries, 65 players have survived Day 1B of the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Opening Event, with Khal Fayad topping the charts after today’s Day 1B flight.

The Sydney businessman and career academic moved up to as high as 535,000 in chips after scoring a big elimination late in the day, but took a small hit to finish with 448,000.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia at the end of the night, Faraz said that this event was something he’d been looking forward to since he began playing poker 35 years ago.

“I was waiting for something like this to come to Sydney,” Fayad said. “I’ve watched lots of WPT on television and online, hoping to see it here one day. Now it is here finally and I am really loving it!”

When Fayad was asked about performance throughout the course of the day, the 57-year-old businessman and career academic was frank in his appraisal.

“I don’t think I could have done much more, honestly,” he said. “I made a couple of mistakes, but after that I was able to focus and play safe.”

“Sometimes you do have to take risks – that’s poker – but overall I am happy with how I played.”

Finishing second overall was Cyprus Poker Club’s own Chuck Caris who bagged 280,000, while Chad Awerbuch (254,000), Michael Levy (253,000) and Peter Moore (249,000) rounded out the top five.

Other notables to have made it through to Day 2 including Ratul Sayak, Zac Duce, Sam Capra, Travis Endersby, Richie Samia, Anthony Cierco, Michelle Psarras and Suzy Khouiss.

The PMA Live Reporting Team will be back on deck from 12:30pm AEDT on Friday 1 April for Day 1C of the Opening Event, so be sure to follow our blog for all the major action, as well as tuning into for their feature table broadcast.

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