LIVE REPORTING: 2022 APL Million Jackstar Super High Roller Day 1

The jig is up

Day 1 of the Jackstar Super High Roller has now come to an end after 12 levels of play, with an unofficial count of 168 survivors, however there were plenty of casualties during the third and final stanza.

Earlier, Adam Pysk found himself all-in on the river after action on all streets across a board of 8K8J3, but despite holding AA, Charles Tsai had rivered the nut flush with his AQ to send him to the rail.

George Frilingos was then struck out, moving the last of his money into the middle pre-flop with JJ, but lost the flip for his tournament life against his opponent’s AK after the board was spread 249KA.

Jigs Reyes in action during Day 1 of The Centurion (PMA file photo)

But it was Jigs Reyes that copped the worst of it, his tournament life ending in the space of three hands, first getting his AA cracked by Mitch Bognar’s J10 which turned two pair on the board of 3J6104.

Down to 43,500, he got it in a short time later with 1010 and found himself well ahead of Sergio Kacanas’ A9, but although Kacanas almost had him by the turn, Reyes escaped with a chop as they both played the board of KKQQK.

Jigs then ripped it in again, this time with K10, but Bognar called him off with A7 with neither hand improving on the 52253 board.

Players Remaining171
Total Entries421
Average Stack196,959

This concludes our blog coverage for today’s Jackstar. PMA will return tomorrow with a full complement to bring you more live updates, alongside our social media posts on the APL Facebook page as well as the feature table stream.

Until then, thanks again for your company and we’ll see you again soon. ‘Bye for now!

Level 10: 1,000/2,000 (2,000) > Level 12: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)

A hard act to follow

Slow and steady seems to be the theme of the night, but the rotation of players coming in and going out has been steady throughout the last four hours, with tournament staff having announced for their 174th alternate at last count.

It’s consistent with so many major events across the country this year, and given the sheer magnitude of what we’re witnessing here at Sharks, it’s a good problem to have.

No such problems for Richard Balkau, who took out the NLH 6-Max Shot Clock last night; he just took out an opponent to move up to 208,000 in chips after waking up with Aces in the big blind, which held after his small blind adversary shoved with Queens.

Balkau is one of four Western Australians to have won at this year’s APL Million so far, which included a Sandgroper trifecta last night.

“There’s a fair few of us here this year!” Balkau told our reporter between hands.

“Hell yeah!” quipped NLH 120 Champion Dave Beckhaus from the rail. “There’s at least 60 of us. WA represent!”

“Let’s hope we get the APLPT over to Perth one day,” Balkau said hopefully.

Dylan Wayne in action at the Sydney Champs (PMA file photo)

We then stopped by to catch up with Dylan Wayne, who regaled us with this story with a bit of help from NLH Terminator Champion George Tsoulos.

Tsoulos began: “One sunny day-“

“-Nah mate, you got it wrong!” Wayne shot back. “Once upon a time, I had 87, which flopped a straight on a 9-5-6 board …”

To cut a long story short, his all-in opponents had 9-5 and 4-3 suited, but Wayne scored the double KO as the turn and river bricked.

“I love sharing stories!” Wayne remarked with an air of confidence. “I took acting classes in LA, so I can’t let them go to waste!”


Players Remaining239
Total Entries371
Average Stack124,184

Level 7: 600/1,200 (1,200) > Level 9: 800/1,600 (1,600)

Enright and Bright lookin’ alright

We’re only halfway through Day 1 and the field for tonight’s Jackstar Super High Roller has already blown out to 315 entries, which in Jackstar terms, is simply astronomical. That said, it can be a challenge to conduct a Live Reporting blog flying solo, so we’re switching up our style a bit.

In some of the major action we caught through the throng of tables during this stanza, Peter Bright woke up with a monster against an all-in opponent, who had moved in for the last of their chips with 106.

Bright snapped them off with QQ and held firm after the dealer spread the board of J282A to move up to 75,600 in chips after that hand.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Enright has been active on Table 13, getting all her chips in the middle after a flop of K109 against another unknown adversary, who short-called with QJ for a flopped straight against her KK.

Justice for Enright though, as the repeat 9 on the turn filled her up and left her opponent drawing dead.

Our players are now on a 45-minute dinner break, with play to resume at 8pm local time.


Players Remaining249
Total Entries315
Average Stack101,205

Level 4: 300/600 (600) > Level 6: 500/1,000 (1,000)

Shuffle up and deal!

Cards are now in the air for Day 1 of the Jackstar Super High Roller, and we now have more than 200 players already seated!

A quick whip around the tables has already revealed several notables, most of them Victorian: Josh Preece, Greg Hoy, Pat Pannucio, Chris Skinner, Dexter McMillan and 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion Shurane Vijayaram are all here, along with Jackstar Champions Chris Andreadis and Rodney Maggs.

Star Gold Coast Champs Main Event winner Jen Cassell is also here, seated with two prolific South Australian players in Jon Stark and Matty Guilleaume … and that’s merely scratching the surface.

Today’s contenders will start with 80,000 in tournament chips be playing through 12 levels, each 40 minutes in duration, before we bag and tag up tonight at approximately 1:15am local time.

LevelSmall BlindBig BlindBB Ante

Level 1: 100/200 > Level 3: 300/600

The Jackstar begins

Hello there and welcome to PokerMedia Australia‘s Live Reporting coverage of The APL Million Jackstar Super High Roller!

Today marks the beginning of arguably the most popular and iconic tournament in the country, named in honour of APL Ambassador and WSOP Europe bracelet winner Jackie Glazier, who took out her signature event which was held for the first time in Tasmania back in June.

Given the incredible number of entries taken in for The Centurion, it’s no surprise that there were already 100+ entries on the board before first pitch: and given we’re seeing plenty of new yet familiar faces on the felt today, there’s little doubt that this will be another record-breaker for the APL.

Cards will be in the air shortly, so keep your browsers locked and refreshed so you can follow along with all the action. Best of luck to all players and may the flop be with you!

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