Jarred "FlopNutsOnYou" Graham Wins Sydney Poker Championships Main Event!

Posted at 00:13 2009-09-14

PokerNetwork’s own Jarred “FlopNutsOnYou” Graham has confirmed his status as arguably the best young poker player in the country with a sensational victory today on the final day of the inaugural Sydney Poker Championships from Star City Casino. It was a great performance by Graham, but he had to do it the hard way.

Graham started the day in the middle of the pack and was very nearly the first player to be eliminated from the final table when his last chips were in the middle holding {J-Hearts}{J-Spades} up against the {K-Spades}{K-Clubs} of Sam Ioannou only for a jack to spike on the river to keep Graham alive.

After Stephen Donlon was unlucky not to double up with {a-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} against the {A-Spades}{10-Spades} of Paul Corbett when the board ran out all clubs, he was the first player eliminated when his {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} ran into the {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} of Justin Layden. The board fell {6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and Donlon was sent to the cashier to collect $9,720 for his 9th place.

Layden carried the momentum to claim the chip lead, as Paul Corbett was next to go. The chips went into the middle on a flop of {10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} with Corbett holding {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs} for top pair, but he found himself outkicked by the {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} of Sheldon. The turn and river bricked and Corbett took home $12,150 for his 8th place finish.

Sam Ioannou soon followed in 7th place ($14,580) when he lost a race holding {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} against the pocket fours of Justin Layden when the board bricked out {K-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. Play was then six-handed and remained that way for some time as the chips were exchanged back and forth. Layden continued to lead and was the first to crack two million, as Graham continued to pound on overnight chip leader Milan Gurung with position play.

David Rodwell eventually cracked to be eliminated in 6th place. His last chips were in the middle with {A-Hearts}{j-Hearts} to find himself dominated by the {a-Clubs}{Q-Spades} of Justin Layden. Rodwell was looking for a jack to survive and was thrilled to see one on the flop, but unfortunately the {10-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} flop was not what he wanted as Layden made a Broadway straight. The turn and river bricked and Rodwell was sent to collect his $19,440 in prize money.

Following the dinner break, Sheldon tried to double up his short stack but was unsuccessful as he pushed with {J-Spades}{9-Clubs} only to see Jarred Graham make the call with pocket nines. Sheldon couldn’t find a jack and was eliminated in 5th place for $26,730.

The rise of Justin Layden was halted when Milan Gurung found a fortunate double up with {6-Hearts}{8-Hearts} against Layden’s {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}, and the end of Layden’s tournament followed soon after. Again he was rather unfortunate after making a great call for his tournament life holding {Q-Diamonds}{5-Spades} on a {5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{7-Spades} flop against Jarred Graham who had attempted to put maximum pressure on his opponent holding {J-Spades}{6-Clubs} for a bare straight draw. The turn was the {K-Clubs} but the {3-Spades} on the river completed Graham’s straight and sent Layden crashing out in 4th place for $34,020 in prize money.

Milan Gurung had been hanging on, but eventually succumbed in 3rd place when his pocket sixes lost the preflop race against Jarred Graham’s {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. A king on the flop was enough for Graham to rake in another pot and leave Gurung with $43,740 in prize money.

Heads up, Jarred Graham held roughly a 2:1 chip advantage over the quiet achiever in Peter Zabow, but Graham continued to apply the pressure to his opponent. Graham was chipping away at his opponent until the final hand saw the chips go into the middle on the turn on a {K-Spades}{7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} board. Graham shoved with {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and Zabow made the call with {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} for top pair and the best hand. The rail gathered closely around the final table to watch the dealer burn and reveal the {7-Diamonds} on the river to give Graham trip sevens, the pot and the trophy!

Well done to Peter Zabow who takes home a healthy $72,900 for his runner up finish, while Jarred Graham is the toast of Sydney tonight as he pockets $121,500 and the coveted title! Congratulations Jarred!

Final Table Results:
1st Jarred 'FlopNutsOnYou' Graham - $121,500
2nd Peter Zabow - $72,900
3rd Milan Gurung - $43,740
4th Justin Layden - $34,020
5th Sheldon - $26,730
6th David Rodwell - $19,440
7th Sam Ioannou - $14,580
8th Paul Corbett - $12,150
9th Stephen Donlon - $9,720

Meanwhile the $5,200 PokerNews Magazine High Rollers Event was also reaching a conclusion on a nearby table as the final eight players came together to battle it out for the trophy. They had reached the final table, but the money was still three eliminations away as Bill Busine, Grant Levy and Bernard Gabriel all went home empty-handed as the bubble burst.

Warwick Mirzikinian was the overnight chip leader, and held that post as Joel Cohen and Michael O’Grady were eliminated in 5th and 4th places respectively, but that’s where it all went south for Mirzikinian. He was next to go as his {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} failed to improve against the pocket tens of George Moussa, as play was now heads up between Moussa and Tolly Sakellariou.

Moussa held the chip lead but after taking a few hits, he was crippled holding {A-Spades}{8-Diamonds} against the dominant {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} of Sakellariou. Moussa doubled twice to find a pulse once again but it was all over soon after after both players found themselves committing with a flush draw on a {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} flop. Sakellariou held {J-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for the jack-high flush draw as Moussa tabled {3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for flush and straight draws. The {10-Diamonds} fell on the turn to complete the flush for both and leave Moussa with only one card in the deck to save himself. It wasn’t to be, as the {3-Hearts} landed to send Moussa home with $34,075 for his runner-up finish as Tolly Sakellariou is an unlikely High Rollers champion, collecting the trophy and $58,000 in prize money.

Final Table Results:
1st Tolly Sakellariou - $58,000
2nd George Moussa - $34,075
3rd Warwick Mirzikinian - $24,650
4th Michael O’Grady - $16,675
5th Joel Cohen - $11,600

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