Day 1, Flight 1 of the inaugural APPT Grand Final in Sydney has concluded, with a quiet and tentative final 15 minutes of play.
30 players remained on a day claiming several of the event’s feature players including 2003 and 2004 World Champions Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer. Flight 1 also saw the exit of this year’s WSOP finalist, Team PokerStars’ Raymond Rahme, who held the chip lead for a large part of the day before having his pocket rockets cracked on the “heaviest” table in the venue – Table 13, where 4 of the chip leaders did battle for numerous blind levels.
More action is anticipated tomorrow, with plenty of online qualifiers competing on Day 1, Flight 2. In the presence of the lesser known players, will be highly credentialed pros including Team PokerStars’ Lee Nelson and the very entertaining and popular former World Champion Scotty Nguyen.
At the current rate of elimination, Day 2 (Saturday) is shaping up to consist of about 100 runners.
Day 1, Flight 1 Final Chip Count: