APPT Sydney: Poker fever strikes Emad

By Sean Callander

Sportspeople sometimes have to perform at the highest level when they aren't at peak fitness – a niggling injury or a flu bug can really test elite performers on the big stage.

One such player experiencing such adversity today is PokerStars player Emad Tahtouh. With a pocket full of cold and flu tablets, the young Melburnian is battling through the Day 1C field in the APPT Grand Final.

Emad Tahtouh

Emad Tahtouh

Desperate for a breakthrough victory on the international stage, Tahtouh has collected his thoughts since his final table in the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open $15k buy-in High Roller event.

Tahtouh took a 2.5:1 chip lead into the final table but struggled against a field that included John Juanda and Liz Lieu (plus PokerStars player and eventual winner Eric Assadourian). He eventually bowed out in fifth position.

Tahtouh was runner-up in the 2006 EPT London main event, which earned him £285,900 (or just over $A720,000). He recently finished second in the Bad Boys of Poker Invitational at the PokerNews Cup in his hometown of Melbourne.

He's currently sitting just over the chip average on 36,000 – no word on his temperature though!

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