Once again, Crown Casino has delivered a captivating APPT Main Event in Melbourne with plenty of bust-outs and stack building witnessed on the second day. The total field size for this tournament reached 521 by the close of registration, with the AUD2,300 buy-in generating a total prize pool of AUD1,198,300. The winner will take home the hefty sum of AUD235,875.
Early movers and notable appearances
Over the course of the first two starting flights several star players fell, including former WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem and also Bryan Huang. Three pros from the PokerStars stable managed to make it through to day 2 unscathed. Celina Lin, Randy Lew and Chen-An Lin all had playable stacks at the close of play, but none could match Patrick Donker‘s chip accumulation rate, as he topped the standings at the end of the opening flights.
Tristan Bain storms into lead on Day 2 as bubble bursts
With all of the remaining 62 players in the money, everyone can now sleep easily before the field plays down to a final table tomorrow. The day was brought to a close by the double elimination that put everyone in the money. Patrick Donker, who had led going into the second day would have been hoping for much more today, but in the end, he chops a min cash with David Evans and bows out.
Still in the Hunt: Linh Tran and Alan King Lun Lau
Of the players who resisted elimination today, reigning APPT Manila champion Linh Tran is still going strong with 107,000 chips, and Asian Player of the Year for 2015, Alan King Lun Lau is also still in the hunt with 112,500. Neither player has anything like the ammunition being wielded by chip leader Tristan Bain who has 575,000 but both are in with a chance of making the final table and staking their claim to the AUD$235,875 prize for 1st place.
We’ll be back with another report at the close of play tomorrow, in which we’ll introduce you to our finalists.
Article by Craig Bradshaw