By Sean Callander
We’re down to just 54 players on Day 1C with less than two hours to go as the race for a place on Day 2 of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final heats up.
Our chip leader remains US youngster and PokerStars qualifier Carter Gill. The 20-year-old, who’s based in the idyllic northern Idaho area of Couer d’Alene (with a pair of poker-playing buddies), has been on the trip of a lifetime through Asia before journeying to Sydney for the APPT finale.
He’s also won a seat to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, so won’t be back in the US winter for some time. He said he was mainly a Pot Limit Omaha player online but loved the idea that he could use tournament poker to travel the world.
He’s sitting pretty on about 160,000 in chips, so this part of his journey looks set to continue for at least one more day.
Another player who has covered some miles in the recent weeks is Melbourne’s Jim Sachinidis. The founder of the popular Australian clothing label Satch, he finished an impressive 12th in a field of 64 of the world’s best players in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open High Roller event, just four spots out of the money.
Just before the last break, Sachinidis came over the top of three players on a board of Ac 5c 7h with a raise for all his chips.
He received one call (Ad Qh) and was stoked to show Ac Ks. The turn came 4s and river 3h, sending Sachinidis’s stack towards 100,000.