APPT Sydney: Sam’s smile disappears down the river
By Sean Callander
Some days are diamonds, some days are not, as the ever popular Sydneysider Sam Khouiss just found out when he became one of the first players to be eliminated on Day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final.
Always quick with a one-liner, Sammy has an impressive record given his limited starts outside Australia. He was 2001 Australasian champion, won the 2006 Aussie Millions $1000 No Limit Hold’em and has cashed in the past two WSOP main events.
A father of seven was keen for a good showing in the first major international tournament in his hometown, but rode the roller coaster before crashing out.
He found himself all-in early against Melbourne’s Matt Downing but the battle of A K versus A K ended in a predictable split pot.
Khouiss then took a big hit – on a board of 3h 6s 2c Jd 4d, Franciscus “Branco” Dekkers pushed in all of his chips and Khouiss made the call. Dekkers showed pocket fives for a rivered straight as Khouiss shouted ”rivered again!”
Shortly after, Khouiss was again in a hand with Dekkers, with the same outcome. The board read Qc 7h 8d when Khouiss shoved in his remaining chips but two calls were hardly what he wanted to hear. The turn came Ac and the river 5s – Dekkers showed pocket nines, just pipping Khouiss’s Jd 7d. He was not a happy man.
Kenny Ng remains the chip leader in the latter stages of level two on Day 1B here at Star City Casino.