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David Stefanoff Leads at The Star Sydney Championships Opening Event Flight 4

Within the poker industry, there are many poker festivals in progress, each and every one of them willing to bring more to the field and the players willing to participate in them. At the moment Sydney is home of The Star Sydney Championships which is having its tenth edition featuring significant prize pools and cash payouts. This Friday welcomed the fourth starting flight of the Opening Event which comes with a guaranteed prize pool of A$500,000 and a buy-in of A$500.

The Land Down Under is home of some of the premium poker festivals on a global scale such as the Aussie Millions Poker Championship, Australian Poker Tour, as well as the currently progressing The Star Sydney Championship. They all have tempting prizes on offer and players rarely have a hard time finding a poker tournament to participate in. Throughout the poker festival there is usually a total guaranteed prize pool estimated and in this special edition, it is going to amount to some A$2,250,000 which would be divided among the best participants of the poker congregation.

At the moment the Opening Event which is the first one for this festival is in progress, occupying the days until Sunday and filling them with poker action. The last starting flight for this event is close to its final minutes bringing a total of 408 new entries to the overall player pool of this event. It could be recalled that yesterday the organizers of the poker festival faced some concerns regarding the levels of interest towards the event, as the overlay was set to 1,112.

This is the minimum number of participants who had to register in order for the guaranteed prize pool to be justified. In reality, the overall number of players from all four flights reached 1,108 which meant that the poker room added some A$1,800 to the prize pool. Henry Tran is one of the participants who demonstrated considerable skills on the felt throughout the fourth starting flight and amassed some 21,000 in chips at the end of it after a lucky doubling.

The Star Braces for Generous Payouts

Ken Curry was another notable name on the felt who generated a chip stack of some 203,700. Curry has a total of $3,937 in live earnings, but his chances of claiming the throne at this event are gradually increasing. David Stefanoff ended up being the chip leader at the end of the day with his chip stack of 233,900 which is the second-largest chip count across the starting flights.

He succeeded in outplaying all participants in this flight and has already reserved a spot on Day 2 set to commence tomorrow. For all players willing to play some more after poker action came to an end, there is a satellite tournament for the Main Event which would commence later today.

Shortly after the end of the Opening Event this Sunday, the second tournament is set to commence, paying special attention to the ladies in the player pool. The Ladies Event is going to be a two-day tournament featuring a buy-in amounting to some A$330. Each player would commence their race towards the throne with some 10,000 in chips, giving them the freedom to operate with them as they deem convenient.

Another event worth mentioning this year would be the $5K Challenge which features a buy-in amounting to some A$500,000. The fourth event will span over two days, starting on Wednesday and each participant willing to make their way into it would have to introduce some A$5,000 in the form of a buy-in. The starting stack of chips is set to 20,000.

 Author: Benjamin Barry

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