APPT Sydney: Cohen showin' how it's done

The dealers' cries of "all-in, call" have been increasing through the day in the APPT Grand Final, and through all the carnage Australian David Hibbott has quietly amassed a mountain of chips ... well, actually a kaleidoscope of chips that are spread liberally in front of him. It took about five minutes to count but Hibbott appears to be the chip leader on approximately 130,000.

Fellow Aussie Joel Cohen has also climbed up the chip counts, with more than 90,000 in chips after eliminating compatriot Robert Damelian in amazing fashion. We only just managed to squeeze through as the cards were tabled; Cohen showed [10s] [10d] but Damelian was in great shape with A♠ A♣.

The flop of A♦ [10h] 3♥ made it set-over-set, advantage Damelian. No help with the turn of the 3♥, leaving Cohen with just a solitary card to win the pot. It's strange, but we reckon that the "Star City Snap" cracks through the crowd more loudly when it brings something magical. Yep, that [10c] hit on the river, sending a stunned Damelian out of the tournament.

Earlier our team chatted with 2008 APPT Grand Final winner Martin Rowe, who remains in contention for a day two berth:

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• The junior member of the blog team has been getting some much-needed exercise charging back and forth the length of the Star City poker room between the APPT Grand Final and APPT Sydney High Roller final table.

There's been more action in the High Roller, where defending champion Jarred flopnutsonyou Graham has eliminated In Wook Choi, Danny Huynh and Warwick Mirzikinian in three successive hands. Graham busted Choi in eighth place when his A♦ 9♦ made trips on a flop of [10c] 9♠ 9♣, then improved to a full house then the turn and river ran out 3♥, 3♠ against Choi's A♥ J♣.


Eyes firmly on victory: Jarred Graham

Hunyh was the next to go when he ran his 8♥ 8♣ into Graham's Q♠ Q♥ and never improved on the board that was spread 9♣ 5♥ [10d] Q♦ A♠. Finally, Mirzikinian bowed out one spot short of the money when Graham's A♥ J♥ managed to outdraw his 9♥ 9♣ on a board that read K♥ 8♥ 3♥ A♣ 6♥.