Chasing the dream: Daniel Louis-Awad emerges as Star Sydney Champs Day 1A chip leader

Daniel Louis-Awad is now one step closer to living out his dream of becoming a full-time poker player, bagging the chip lead at the end of Day 1A of The Star Sydney Champs Main Event.

The 32-year-old commercial brick cleaner navigated his way through arguably one of the toughest Day 1A fields at an Australian tournament in recent years to finish with 664,000 in chips, leading the 43 total survivors into Day 2 on Sunday.

Daniel Louis-Awad

“I admit I was a bit nervous going in, but I just played my game,” Louis-Awad told PokerMedia Australia. “It’s beautiful to be back playing in the Sydney Champs, and I felt really good all day … this is the best tournament structure I’ve played in a while.”

“Now that I’ve bagged, I can go away and work on my game plan, then come back for Day 2 and just take it as it comes.”


Daniel Louis-Awad664,000
James Broom635,000
Wubin Fan635,000
Yita Choong518,000
Mark Yazbeck512,000
Michael Confos471,000
Hasan Onay469,000
Charbel Boustani442,000
Brendon Rubie421,000
Charles Tsai415,000
Michael O’Grady390,000
Marc Seymour371,000
Blake Lockwood358,000
Daniel Smiljanic355,000
Tim Plunkett338,000
Charles Chiha330,000
Mark Lassau323,000
Joseph Cristallo315,000
Mikael Larsson304,000
Gavin Best300,000
Li Yang291,000
Gavin Ogilvy286,000
Bruno Calfapietra279,000
Mateo Echague267,000
Harry Basle265,000
Michael Seymour244,000
Nebojsa Blanusa235,000
Elisa Onay221,000
Anthony Collick209,000
Paul Hoang207,000
Jason Gray193,000
Brett Marshall144,000
Sid Gunasekaran137,000
Alexander Lynskey130,000
Eric Assadourian122,000
Scott Wood114,000
Andrew White108,000
Lawrence Stephenson106,000
Tom Maguire97,000
John Nguyen90,000
Jian Long70,000
Justin Capra62,000
Paul Murray45,000

PMA‘s Live Reporting coverage of The Star Sydney Champs Main Event continues today from 12:30pm AEST. For more information, including the full schedule and structures, log onto

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