World Series of Poker Europe

2010 APPT Sydney Day 2: Vakili Leads Final 32

Reza Vakili

After three starting days, 163 players returned to action from the 289 that entered for Day 2 of the 2010 APPT Sydney Grand Final. When the longest day of play so far was finally over, only 32 of them remained. All 32 of those players have locked up at least A$12,145, but have their eyes set on capturing that A$459,510 first-place prize. The player that may have the best chance at capturing that prize could be the chip leader Reza Vakili. He wrapped up Day 2 with 775,000 in chips.

Vakili was the beneficiary of a couple big pots that allowed him to take the chip lead into Day 3. First, Vakili eliminated the overall chip leader coming into Day 2 just a handful of spots short of the money. That player was Daniel Neilson. Vakili and Neilson got all of the money in preflop and Neilson had his tournament life on the line. He did hold a dominating position when the cards were turned up with the {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} versus Vakili’s {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}, but a king on the river finished him off.

About a half an hour later, Vakili sent Aleks Brkovic to the rail with the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. Brkovic held the {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} when all of the money went in on the turn with the board reading {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}. The river was the {8-Hearts} and ended Brkovic’s tournament, giving Vakili slightly over 700,000 chips at the time. From there, Vakili had things in cruise control until the money bubble burst and play ended for the night.

The bubble belonged to Ali Khalil, who saw his tournament end in the most painful spot, just one outside the money. Khalil moved all in for roughly 140,000 over a raise from young Australian superstar Brendon Rubie. When action got back to Rubie, he snapped off the shove with the {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. Khalil held the {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and was in a world of trouble. Needing a bit of help, Khalil was left with nothing as the board ran out {J-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{6-Spades}{A-Clubs}. He was sent to the rail in 33rd place, pockets still empty. Everyone else, on the other hand, had successfully made the money and Day 3.

There may only be 32 players remaining, but the field still packs plenty of firepower. Topping the names in this packed field is Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. He bagged up 293,500 chips and will be joining other notables including Roland de Wolfe (715,500) and Jonathan Karamalikis (733,500) for Day 3.

Also remaining are 2010 Aussie Millions champion Tyron Krost (94,500), 2008 APPT Macau champion Eddy Sabat (60,000) and 2007 APPT Sydney Grand Final champion Grant Levy (81,500). Below is a look at the entire field that remains and how they stack up.

Chip Counts

PlacePlayerChip Count
1Reza Vakili775,000
2Jonathan Karamalikis733,000
3Roland de Wolfe715,500
4Brendon Rubie690,500
5Antoine Amourette515,500
6Tom Rafferty441,000
7Daniel Ling431,500
8Mitchell Carle407,000
9Stefan Streifeneder368,500
10Craig Bourke350,500
11In Wook Choi308,000
12Manuel Hansimikali302,000
13Daniel Negreanu293,500
14Jarred Graham254,500
15Konstantin Bücherl242,000
16Vijayan Nagarajan215,500
17Jason Brown178,500
18Peco Stojanovski177,500
19Miray Badaoui148,000
20Heinz Kamutzki131,500
21Alan Bustany121,500
22Giuseppe Scaravilli119,000
23Tyron Krost94,500
24George Moussa92,000
25Benjamin McLean90,000
26Joachim Chia88,000
27Grant Levy81,500
28Omer Silajdzija71,000
29Eddy Sabat60,000
30Silkin Mong58,000
31Con Angelakis47,000
32Andrew Stergiotis40,000

Play resumes on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. local time at the Star City Hotel & Casino in Sydney, Australia for Day 3. The players will whittle down the field of 32 to a final table before ending play.

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