APPT Sydney: Family feud on the felt
By James Potter
The Hachems are certainly Australia’s best-known poker family. Everyone knows 2005 WSOP world champion and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem but his brother Tony, a PokerStars Sponsored player, is carving out a handy reputation as shown by his second-place finish in this year’s New Zealand Championships main event.
Tony has already enjoyed a good week and made the final table of the six-handed event yesterday. Both Joe and Tony are playing in Day 1C tomorrow.
Another family dominating in the Australian poker scene are the Assadourians. Eric is a sponsored PokerStars player and 2007 APPT Macau High Roller champion. Eric’s father Asic, started to be make his mark as a poker player after making the cash in the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland main event. Eric’s girlfriend, Lizzie Clarke, played yesterday but didn’t make it through to day 2.
Suzy Khouies (seated at table 30 today) is another player who comes from a famous Australian poker family with brothers Sam and Kevin having won many tournaments here and abroad. Suzy, has amassed a remarkable record in the biggest tournaments on the Australian Poker League circuit.
Often playing along side husband Radi Chalghin, Suzy has stamped herself as the undisputed number one female player in the APL, a pub and club based competition boasting 400,000 players around the country. She has played almost 700 APL games with 30 wins and just over 200 final table appearances. No other APL player has scored more points in the past two years.
The 39-year-old mother of eight – yes, eight – is nicknamed “Guru”, a measure of the respect she commands from other players. Having dominated APL ranks, Suzy showed that she’s far from out of her depth in the pro ranks with a stunning 23rd placing in the APPT Grand Final at Star City last December, winning $18,500. Not bad for a major tournament debut!
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