APPT Sydney 2007: Heart sends hometown hero out

By Sean Callander

Eric Assadourian has been one of the most successful players on the local tournament scene for the past 18 months, but his hopes of adding the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final trophy are over.

The 28-year-old, who won the $15,000 APPT High Roller event in Macau less than a month ago, was down his last 3200 in chips. He pushed in pre-flop but found himself up against two players.

The flop came 8h 6c 2c, the big blind led out for 3000 and received a call. The turn was 7s, in went another 2000 and again came the call. The Ah rolled out on the river, this time generating a bet of 10,000, which was too much for the other player in the hand. Assadourian showed K Q, while his opponent turned over A Q.

However, it hasn’t been a totally forgettable week for Assadourian – last night, he shared the spoils with Saidal Warda to win $29,848 in the $1100 Teams’ Event.

Meanwhile, Daniel McPherson – famous for his roles in TV shows such as Neighbours and The Bill, isn’t showing any nerves despite occupying the ‘table of death’, which currently comprises Mark Vos, Nick Nicolaou, George ‘Bond 18’ Dunst and Terrance Chan.


Daniel McPherson
Actor Daniel McPherson

McPherson just bluffed a couple of the pros out of a big pot, and exclaimed "if I don't know what I'm doing, then I don't know what I'm doing wrong – they seem content to take on each other so I’ll just try to stay under the radar."

Raymond Rahme
Chip Leader - Team PokerStars' Raymond Rahme

Team Pokers Pro Raymond Rahme remains our chip leader on just over 100,000.

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