APPT Sydney: Assadourian's race is run

The odds of another Australian player winning the APPT Grand Final are getting shorter with each elimination as we prepare to redraw the final 16 players. After yesterday’s sluggish progress, the field has been slashed from 48 to 17 as the battle for spots at the final table.

But the highest profile Aussie remaining, PokerStars Sponsored player Eric Assadourian, won’t be matching the finish of his good mate Grant Levy after he was just bumped by Brendan Edmonds.

It was Assadourian’s A-J against A-Q for Edmonds with a queen on the flop meaning the Sydneysider was out in 20th spot. It’s Assadourian’s second APPT cash after he won the APPT High Roller event in Macau last year.


Eric Assadourian's tournament ends in 20th position

However, the internationals are hanging tough with UK PokerStars qualifier Daniel Kowalski, who trails the only player with a seven-figure stack (1.1 million) and Tom Rafferty (920,000). They lead Canada’s Tony Basile (800,000) and Ray Lapitan (700,000).

Other players to fall by the wayside over the past hour include a player who’s dominated our blogs over recent days, New Zealand PokerStars qualifier Phil Willcocks. The queens of Tony Basile delivered the final nail into the coffin of Willcocks who was holding jacks.

Another player who dominated in the early stages of the event, Jamie Pickering, has taken off the technicolour dreamcoat and cowboy hat after Jason Gray’s A-5 connected on the river against Pickering’s K-10. We’ve also lost Jason Pritchard (23rd) and Bassam Habib (24th). Players are taking a quick breather before the blinds go up to level 20 (10,000/20,000 with a 3000 ante).