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.
“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.”
STAR SYDNEY CHAMPS MAIN EVENT: DAY 1A CHIP COUNTS
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