APPT Sydney: Will this be another Rowe rout?
Martin Rowe is quickly adjusting to life as a poker personality. He leads the PokerStars.net APPT Tournament of Champions with four players remaining, and is within reach of an amazing double after winning the APPT Grand Final last night. After KOing most of the players at the final table of the APPT Grand Final, he’s picked up where he left off.
Ironically, it was this year’s champion that knocked out last year’s APPT Grand Final champion Grant Levy
The two APPT Grand Final winners shook hands and compared notes and Grant wished Martin all the best for the year to come. Grant is the only person who really understands the expectation and pressures that Martin will face in this poker-addicted city of Sydney. Grant is looking forward to a quiet holiday period with family and friends and a big year in 2009 on the tournament circuit.
Moments later it was the other great Australian champion Joe Hachem who crashed out of the tournament in eighth. Lowe again was the man who was stacking up the chips. The dream of back to back APPT TOC titles didn’t turn out for Joe who graciously exited to a standing ovation from the supportive crowd.
Next to go in seventh position was New Zealand’s favourite poker personality, Lee Nelson. Lee had been sharing interesting stories with fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso. Its event’s like this that the pros love because they get to spend time with their peers in a friendly environment.
The next victim of Rowe was Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown. Chad had been keeping a fairly low profile on the table but was getting a little short on chips and when he pushed all in against Rowe, he couldn’t hit his draw. Rowe has 40,000 in chips and leads from Vanessa Rousso.