Asia Poker Tour Kicks Off in Australia; Tony Dunst Takes the Early Lead in 3-Day Event

Man, I wish I was in Australia right now, in Sydney, where the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Grand Final began Dec. 1.

It was former WSOP champion Joe Hachem starting play with the familiar “Shuffle up and deal.”

81 hopefuls started and by late afternoon, about 50 were already trailing Tony “Bond18” Dunst, who blasted the competition with a late day surge.

Dunst, reports said, started the day slowly dropping below the 30,000 starting stack, but he came back with a series of small pot wins.

His first big win came beating Jason Gray, went all in with pocket queens against Dunst’s A spades, King of hearts. A king on the flop won the hand.

Others sitting near the leaderboard top include a group of? PokerStars qualifiers.

One of the contestants on Joe Hachem’s Australian poker TV show ‘the Poker Star”, Donna Ciric, had an up and down day. At one point, she held the chip lead, but she could not maintain her momentum and ended the day with less than her starting stack at 23,000.?

We’ll give you the final rundown next week. With all the details about who ultimately won.

Ah, to be in Sydney, where it’s now summer.

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