Happy days: Nurlan Boobekov leads after Day 1A of Star Sydney Champs Opening Event

Nurlan Boobekov has emerged as the overwhelming chip leader after the first Day 1 flight of The Star Sydney Champs Opening Event.

Of the 225 total entries taken in yesterday, 36 have advanced to Day 2 and Boobekov will return with 646,500 – almost triple the average stack.

This is not new territory for the Sydney grinder, having won this very tournament back in 2017 for $84,735 in prize money, which is still listed as his biggest live cash to date.

Although he was all smiles throughout his time at the tables, Boobekov stressed to PokerMedia Australia during his post-match interview that it wasn’t as easy as it looked.

“Day 1A and 1B are the toughest days you can play,” Boobekov said. “[Typically on] Wednesdays and Thursdays, there aren’t as many recreational players.”

Asked whether he took a different approach to his strategy than usual: “Not really, I just played solid poker,” he replied, “though I would like to think that I’m a better player every time I play.”


Nurlan Boobekov646,500
Vera Milinkovic460,000
Steve Tupua383,000
Jun Lin375,000
Yang Lei371,000
Malcolm Trayner307,000
Edwin Chiu290,500
Cooper Feltham267,000
Ashor Shlemon253,000
Fletcher Smith227,000
Daniel Awad217,000
Stan Levitin210,000
Sandi Sandi191,000
Ajay Toolooa181,000
Neb Blanusa175,000
Peter Au174,000
Nicholas LoRusso142,000
Nathan Sawyers135,000
Natalie Segon132,000
Leo Boxell130,000
Michael Canturi127,000
Glenn Marsom126,000
Hedley Fung120,000
Jian Qin120,000
Vahe Hovagimian101,000
Dylan Desmarchelier85,000
Minh Cao84,000
Kiavash Arbabi70,000
Kurtis Lazenby70,000
Hoyeon Kim69,000
Zhengmin Zhang67,000
Adrian Chiu65,000
Farnaz Bahrehbar50,000
Christina Pie47,000
Michael Seymour20,000
Jie Cui12,400

The PMA Live Reporting team will return with continued coverage of the Star Sydney Champs Opening Event, with Day 1B commencing at 2:30pm AEST. Feature table streaming (cards-up, 30-minute delay) will also be available at twitch.tv/StarPokerAU.

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