APPT Sydney: Two of a kind (and a thousand other bad puns)

By Sean Callander

There's been plenty of head-turning in the tournament area today – locals are still coming to terms with the sight of the 2005 WSOP champion and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem sitting in the Star City poker room.

However, most of the double-takes have been reserved for Aaron and Derek Lerner, identical twins from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

It's rare enough to have brothers playing in a major tournament let alone twins, and the Lerners have already chalked up some impressive poker achievements.


The Lerner Brothers


They both cashed in the same two events at the 2007 WSOP – Aaron was 28th in the $2000 No Limit Hold'em event and Derek 42nd, and in the $1500 No Limit Hold'em event, it was Eric who finished 118th and Aaron 124th. So who's the better player? "I am," they both said with a wry grin.

Another famous face in the room was Glenn Stewart, a player with National Rugby League side Manly. However, he's now on the wrong side of the rope after he pushed all-in with Ad Kh against Colin Ford's 10c 10s. Both players improved their hands on the board (Ah 10h 3c 5s Ks), but Ford got the nod to move above 50,000 in chips.

He's not far behind the leading bunch, which includes Quentin Lae (75,000), Rabii Maatouk (63,000), Danny Huynh (60,000) and Rick Furay (45,000).

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