APPT Macau: A battle of the ages
With every poker tournament, the generation gap seems to grow. Just across from our blogging desk, an amusing battle is ensuing between 20-year-old Russian Yevginy Timoshenko and grizzled veteran Aussie pros Martin Comer and Mel Judah.
Timoshenko, who won USD $500,000 in last week's APT Macau main event, looks barely old enough to shave but is standing firm against the endless run of quips from Comer.
Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier is also at the same table. Appropriately, his stack has mirrored the character he's portraying today: The Joker.
Comer just took down a nice pot against ElkY with two-pair, aces and eights, to slash the Korean-based Frenchman's stack back below the starting amount to 8000.
We've also just heard that ElkY's outfit cost almost as much as the HKD $25,000 buy-in, and he has a make-up girl waiting to provide touch-ups during the breaks. Not so rock star after all!
It's been a solid start to day 1B in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event for the other Team PokerStars Pros. Chad Brown, sitting just adjacent to a promo poster of Chad Brown ("are you supposed to be someone important?" Michael Pedley inquired) chipped up early when raised from the big blind with pocket aces, and received five callers!
The flop was all threes, and a raise from middle position to 3000 on the turn of 9h only managed to eliminate three players from the pot.
The 4d on the river was greeted by another bet, this time of 200, from the player in middle position, with Brown making the call. The pocket jacks were no good against Brown's aces, and his stack was up to just under 30,000. At an adjacent table, his partner Vanessa Rousso has enjoyed a steady start to the day to be on 15,000.
Speaking of Pedley, his achievements over the past 12 months are worthy of mention. The Western Australian was an enthusiastic amateur until he started to get serious about his game late last year.
He duly won the AUD $1000 rebuy event at the 2008 Aussie Millions, reached the final table of the New Zealand Champs main event, cashed 242nd in the WSOP main event and made the final table of last week's APT Macau main event. The big man stays under the radar, but is compiling a very respectable record.
On the same table as Brown and Pedley is chip leader Sam Jessup from Australia, who just took out Casey Kastle to lift his stack close to 50,000.