APPT Sydney: Youth versus experience at table 20
By Sean Callander
Talk about the generation gap – there's an intriguing mix at table 20 on Day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final where two of the 'elder' statesmen in today's field are mixing it up with ane emerging young superstar.
Team PokerStars Pro Lee 'Final Table' Nelson and Julius Colman (who was fourth in the 2007 Aussie Millions and 30th in the WSOP Europe main events) are sitting opposite Austria's Niki Jedlicka.
Known as "KaiBuxxe" online, Jedlicka only started playing poker three years ago but has quickly made his mark. He was seventh in the 2007 EPT Barcelona €7.7K No-Limit Hold 'em main event and won the Austrian Masters €2K No-Limit Hold 'em title.
Nelson, who has just released his new book Kill Everyone locally, has been fascinated to watch Jedlicka raise pot after pot after pot – he estimated that the Austrian had been involved in at least 80 per cent of the hands on table 20. But it's taking its toll, with Jedlicka down to 12,000 after bouncing up as high as 40,000.
Tony Hachem Eliminated
We've also recently lost Tony Hachem from the tournament. Battling the likes of fellow Melburnians James Potter and Julian Powell after his table had been split, Hachem bowed out in unfortunate circumstances when he pushed in with 6c 5s on a board of 6s 4s 8d 2h 3s. Hachem had filled his straight on the river, but Michael Haddad had made his flush on the 3s and sent the affable Aussie on his way. Tony's older brother, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem, will be in action tomorrow on Day 1C.
It's been another fairly uneventful level with 142 of the 194 players who started Day 1B just about to take a break. When we return, blinds will be 200/400 with a 25 ante with the average stack at 26k.