APPT Sydney: Eastgate out the gate; bell tolls for Tahtouh

By Landon Blackhall

The PokerStars Team Nordics Pro contingent has been reduced from one to zero after 2008 WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate was eliminated at the hands of Taiwanese PokerStars Qualifier Carlos Chang.

The action folded around to Chang who raised to 600 pre-flop; another opponent and Eastgate called to see a flop of K♣ [10c] 3♣. Eastgate checked to Chang who opened for 1100, the other opponent folded and Eastgate called.


2008 WSOP Main Event winner Peter Eastgate made the long trek to Sydney for the second year in-a-row but bowed out early today

When the dealer snapped up a seven on the turn, Eastgate check-called Chang's bet of 4000, then check-called the all-in bet of Chang when a five landed on the river. Chang tabled A♣ 7♣ for the nut flush to scoop the pot and Eastgate was sent packing.

Meanwhile Team Asia Pro Raymond Wu is sitting on a nice stack of 56,500 in chips after a solid start to the day. It hasn't been such smooth sailing for his teammates - Bryan Huang is holding steady at 26,000 but both Celina Lin and Jonathan Lin are struggling on 16,000.


Celina Lin may not be feeling 100 per cent today, but is powering through day 1C

The Team Australia Pros are also having a mixed day. The stacks of the brothers Hachem, Joe (21,000) and Tony (33,000) lie either side of the starting figure of 30,000 but 2007 APPT Grand Final champion Grant Levy is in fine form, currently sitting on 57,000 in chips.

Hachem jnr just sent Hong Kong's Andrew Scott to the rail after Scott moved his 4♠ 4♣ into the middle before the flop, only to have Hachem snap-call with A♥ A♣. The board of J♥ 2♥ 6♣ 6♥ 7♣ didn't improve either hand and Scott was sent to the rail.


The stack of ANZPT Player of the Year Tony Hachem is heading in the right direction

And we've just watch Team Australia Pro Emad Tahtouh complete a year on the tournament scene he'd rather forget. Tahtouh committed his money into the middle with pocket fours on a flop that read 4-8-2 with two diamonds and found himself up against the A♦ 5♦ of 2009 APPT Cebu third-place finisher Sim Somyung.

Though Tahtouh was ahead with the set of fours, Somyung had plenty to chances to take the pot down, which he did, as the board ran out 3♠, 6♥ for the straight.

Jeff Lisandro has also been eliminated at the hands of Australian Sayed "Sid" Jabbour, who is the first to crack the 100k mark in today's flight. Lisandro had moved in on a flop of J-2-3 with two spades, holding [10s] 7♠, but found himself in strife against Jabbour's pocket kings.

The turn of the 4♣ and the river 7♦ were snapped up to end Lisandro's run and Jabbour is now the chip leader heading into the break with 105,000 in his stack.