APPT Sydney T.O.C: City pride on line as Melbourne battles Sydney

By Sean Callander

Who said this was going to be a friendly game? The three local players at the table – Sydney’s Eric Assadourian and Grant Levy and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem from Melbourne – are representing Australia’s two largest cities.

There’s been a simmering rivalry between the cities – separated by 550 miles – for more than a century, dating back to the times when Melbourne was the hub of Australia’s government before the capital was moved to Canberra. You name it, and Melburnians and Sydneysiders will argue about it – even poker.

Eric Assadourian
APPT Macau High Roller Champion Eric Assadourian

Eric and Joe have some history at the poker table, dating back to the 2006 Melbourne Poker Championships when Eric eliminated Joe in third place, before going on to win the event.

Joe Hachem
Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem

Both Assadourian and Levy have taken chips off Hachem since he doubled up through Chris Moneymaker, but there’s plenty of chips in play and the blinds are just 500/1000 at this stage. C’mon Joe, do it for Melbourne!! 500/1000 at this stage. C’mon Joe, do it for Melbourne!!

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in