As the WPTDeepStacks Opening Event field compressed to its final twelve runners, the rest of the poker room buzzed with a grand total of 352 entrants for the $1,100 NLH Freezeout, far exceeding expectations and seating capacity.
The Star Sydney poker room was graced with the presence of some well-known faces, none more so than AFL legend Adam Goodes and the Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend himself: 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion, Joe Hachem.
Ken Demlakian, however, emerged as a clear victor for the day, bagging 414,000 chips for Day 2. A monster hand within the final ten minutes of play saw Demlakian river a flush as his opponent made their straight, all the chips went in and Demlakian jumped straight into pole position.
Demlakian spoke to PMA after bagging his chips, telling us that after a “horror six months”, he was relieved to have found some form on the felt again; that said, the engineering mogul is no stranger to big finishes, having taken down the APLPT Queensland Jackstar Super High Roller in June last year.
Other notable stacks included Dylan Garland (315,000), Joe Antar (293,000), Jerome Tan (277,000), Ong Dingxiang (271,500), and Matthew Bennett (264,000).
PokerMedia Australia‘s continued coverage of this event resumes from 12:30pm AEST on Sunday 3 April, alongside our Live Reporting updates from Day 3 of the $750 buy-in Opening Event, plus feature table streaming over at twitch.tv/StarPokerAU.