APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Ace of spades is the devil’s card for Juanda
By Sean Callander
The pattern is continuing with an elimination every 10 hands after Eric Assadourian sent decorated US pro John Juanda packing. The young Australian spiked one of the two aces remaining in the deck to send the short stack to the rail. We’re down to five players, with the field still chasing Emad Tahtouh.
John Juanda, 6th place ($46,080)
Hand 30: John Juanda eliminated by Eric Assadourian in 6th place ($46,080)
Button: Ng (seat 7) – In a huge pot, Juanda is all-in with Kc Kh against Assadourian’s Kd Ad. The board reads 8d 6c 6h 5c, but the As on the river gives Assadourian the pot and sends Juanda out in sixth position.
Hand 29: Tony Ng
Button: Assadourian (seat 6) – Tony Ng raises 16,000 from the small blind and wins the pot.
Hand 28: Tony Ng
Button: Sehlstedt (seat 4) – Tahtouh and Ng, the winners of the last two pots get involved. The flop reads 10c Js 5d, Tahtouh bets 11,000, Ng raises 35,000 and takes it down.
Hand 27: Tony Ng
Button: Tahtouh (seat 3) – “All right, Hong Kong” Tony Ng declares as he takes down the pot with a pre-flop raise to 11,000. We’ve also noticed that David Steicke is wearing a cap with an interesting saying “The word impossible can only be found in the dictionary for fools”. The highly successful businessman has shown so far he’s no fool at the poker table
Hand 26: Emad Tahtouh
Button: Juanda (seat 1) – Tahtouh’s raise to 12,000 is enough to take it down pre-flop.
Hand 25: Eric Assadourian
Button: Steicke (seat 8) – Assadourian raises to 12,000, and Tahtouh calls from the big blind. The board shows 10d 5h 7h, Tahtouh checks, Assadourian bets 23,000 and Tahtouh calls. The turn is another heart (A), Tahtouh checks and Assadourian bets 55,000. There’s no call from Tahtouh and Assadourian collects a significant pot.
Hand 24: John Juanda
Button: Ng (seat 7) – In the small blind, Steicke announces raise and makes it 12,000 total. Juanda, the short stacks calls, and the flop is Js 6d 10d. Steicke bets 6000, Juanda moves all-in for another 22,000 but Steicke folds.
Hand 23: David Steicke
Button: Assadourian (seat 6) – Tahtouh bets 12,000 pre-flop and Steicke calls in the big blind. The flop comes 9d 6d 6h, Tahtouh raises 12,000 and Steicke reraises 24,000. Tahtouh folds.
Hand 22: Eric Assadourian
Button: Sehlstedt (seat 4) – Assadourian raises to 13,000 in the small blind and takes down the pot.
Hand 21: Bo Sehlstedt
Button: Tahtouh (seat 3) – We’re just back from a short break, with the blinds up to 2000/4000 and a 500 ante. The chip count is John Juanda (39,000), Bo Sehlstedt (152,000), Eric Assadourian (126,500), Tony Ng (124,000), David Steicke (102,500) and Emad Tahtouh (416,000). It’s heads-up between Sehlstedt and Assadourian in the blinds. The board comes Ad Ks 8h Qs, Sehlstedt bets 6000 on the turn and wins the pot.