By Sean Callander
It’s dinner-time here at Star City Casino where just 61 of the 179 players who started flight 1 of day in the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final are still in the running.
Once play resumes, there will be four more levels before paly ends for the day.
Big stacks wield power, and that’s been the case for Grant Levy and George Dunst during level eight (400/800, ante 100).
Levy just lured another player into a pot on a board of 7s 10s 8c 8h 5d. He showed pocket sevens for a full house and extended his chip lead.
Meanwhile Dunst soared to more than 180,000 when he doubled through Angelo Tringas. Holding the absolute nuts (jacks on a jack-high board), Dunst could barely contain his joy when Tringas pushed all-in on the turn with pocket kings. The jacks held up and Dunst headed off for dinner nestling one of the biggest stacks in the room.
Ziv Bachar was the only notable to drop out of the chip lead race in level 8, falling to below 40k, before bouncing back to win a pot of 25k with pocket jacks in his final hand before the break.
Level 9 will follow the 50 minute dinner break, with blinds at 500/1000.
Chip Leaders (day 1, flight 1)
Grant Levy 210,000
Terrance Chan 176,000
George Dunst 160,000
Karib Karib 120,000