For the first time in recent days, players were greeted by a bright, sunny morning as they headed for brekky at one of the many eateries spread around Darling Harbour, just across the road from Star City Casino. Not quite beach weather, but heading in the right direction.
Welcome to Sydney, Australia for day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final. The hype around the property is amazing, with the hotel packed to capacity with fight fans attending tonight's IBO Cruiserweight title fight between Aussie hope Danny Green and one of the greatest fighters of all-time Roy Jones jnr.
Indeed, we expect the tournament area to be promptly deserted at the end of play today with a massive live site set-up inside Star City where the fight will be shown later tonight.
Those players still standing this evening will already have survived a battle of sorts after seven one-hour levels against the region's finest players and qualifiers representing every continent on the planet.
Later today, we'll also be reporting on the final table of the $15,300 APPT Sydney High Roller event. Local online gun Jarred flopnutsonyou Graham remains on target for a remarkable repeat victory, lying second in chips with eight players remaining. The final table line-up is:
Seat 1: In Wook Chio (Korea) 17,100
Seat 2: Michel Bouskila (Australia) 54,300
Seat 3: Warwick Mirzikinian (Australia) 38,600
Seat 4: Bill Jordanou (Australia) 60,100
Seat 5: Jarred Graham (Australia) 104,500
Seat 6: Danny Huynh (Australia) 40,800
Seat 7: Jonathan Karamalikis (Australia) 116,800
Seat 8: George Moussa (Australia) 79,200
Play in the APPT Grand Final will commence in approximately 10 minutes, with players holding 30,000 in chips to start the day, and blinds starting at 50/100. The structure for today's play is:
Level 1: 50/100
Level 2: 100/200
Level 3: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 4: 150/300 (ante 25)
Level 5: 200/400 (ante 50)
Level 6: 300/600 (ante 75)
Level 7: 400/800 (ante 100)