APPT Melbourne: Friends become rivals
Yesterday we talked about some of the super-tough table lineups that had formed here at the APPT Melbourne Main Event. Well, there is no relief for players today either, with every table containing several notable players who we are sure they would much rather avoid.
2011 Aussie Millions champion David Gorr has already been among the action early on Day 1b with an quick double up on his table. Gorr was in trouble holding ace-king for top pair, top kicker, against a flopped set of jacks but Gorr caught a backdoor full house to sink his opponent's boat. Gorr's table also features several tough opponents. Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin is sitting to his direct right, with WSOPE bracelet winner Andy Hinrichsen just a couple of seats over.
Another table that caught our attention was one that featured both Bryan Huang and Angel Guillen seated side-by-side. It's always tricky when you have a good friend sitting alongside you, but of course, there are no friends on the poker table!
We recently saw the two Team PokerStars Pros collide on a board of A♠2♦J♠8♠Q♥. Michael Egan had bet the flop, all three players checked the turn, and then Guillen led the betting for 3,800 on the river. Huang made the call but was forced to muck when Guillen tabled T♠7♠ for the flush. Guillen was in trouble early, but recovered back to 18,000, with Huang sitting comfortably with 35,000.
Of course friendly rivalries aren't always restricted to play on the table. Sometimes it's the verbal warfare that is more damaging, and perhaps entertaining, than the play itself.
An example of that was on the table containing Tony Hachem and Martin Comer. Both players had flopped a straight on the flop of Q♦J♠T♣ - Comer with 9♦8♥ and Hachem with a superior K♦9♠. However both slowplayed and the pot ended up being small when the scary A♦ and A♠ completed the board.
The two then exchanged some friendly banter once the cards were tabled.
"Martin, you need to step out of your brother's shadow like I did," chirped Hachem.
"What are you doing playing eight-nine off?" Hachem continued.
"I was in the blind!" replied Comer.
"You have been playing blind for thirty years!" laughed Hachem, bringing a chuckle from most of the table.
You can't beat a good rivalry and we look forward to plenty more antics from these two throughout the day here at the APPT Melbourne.