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Sydney Poker Championships Main Event Day 1b - Callum Ford In Control

Posted at 00:13 2009-09-12

The second and final flight of the inaugural Big Game Poker Sydney Championships Main Event saw 191 players take to the felt for their shot at glory and a spot in the Australian poker history books. This brought the total number of entrants to a very respectable 324, creating a $486,000 prize pool. It was announced that the top 40 players would finish in profit, with a minimum payout of $2,916 and a first place prize of $121,500.Today’s field included some of the best players in the country, highlighted by Sydney’s favourite sons in Eric Assadourian and Grant Levy. They were joined by Ali Khalil, Brendon Rubie, Joel “Strong Play” Dodds, Callum Ford, Jarrad Dale, Jai Kemp, Jason Gray, Bill Jordanou, Sam Youssef, Greg Cook and Andrew Meldrum.Jason Gray and Jarrad Dale were early casualties while Patrick Fletcher started off on the right note, doubling up with quads in the very first level of the tournament. Grant Levy was relatively quiet early but showed his table who was in charge with a nice bluff against Martin Martinez. After Levy opened to 500, Martinez raised to 1,300 before Levy put in a four-bet to make it 3,900 to play. Martinez made the call and they saw a {10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop. Levy led out for 5,350 and Martinez deliberated before tossing his pocket jacks into the muck. Levy was quick to seize the opportunity for a little niggle as he flashed {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}!Sam Youssef has a knack of accumulating chips and after getting paid off twice holding pocket aces, he was able to surge to the chip lead through the middle stages of the day as the players started to drop away.Jai Kemp was sent to the rail after he ran his pocket kings into aces, while Ali Khalil was dented with the same hand after running into a flopped set. Grant Levy also struggled to get any momentum, eventually running his pocket tens into both pocket queens and ace-king, only to see a king hit the flop to end his day.One of the hard-luck stories of the day belonged with poker stalwart David Gorr who thought he was set for a double up holding {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs} on a {6-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} board, with all the chips in the middle against an opponent drawing virtually dead with {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Needing perfect-perfect to survive, Gorr and the rest of the table, watched on in utter shock as the {7-Clubs} turn and {5-Clubs} river gave Gorr’s opponent a running straight-flush to send Gorr crashing to the rail in the most unfortunate manner.The key pot of the day was when Sam Youssef tried to bully young gun Callum Ford. In a button versus big blind battle, Youssef raised the button and then called the three-bet of Ford from the big blind to see a {a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} flop. Both checked and the {3-Diamonds} fell on the turn. Ford fired 14,000 only for Youssef to move all in and put Ford to a decision for his tournament life. Ford sat in the tank before eventually committing to a call with {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for the best hand against Youssef’s {a-Spades}{4-Spades}. The river was the {8-Clubs} to double Ford up into the chip lead as Youssef was back down to where he started the day.Youssef fell a short time later after running his pocket tens into the pocket queens of Zhi Yao, as 70 players survived the day to bag and tag their chips. Some of the survivors included Ali Khalil, Brendon Rubie, Ismail Ismail, Mike Ivin, Mark Iskander, and Eric and Assadour Assadourian, with the top five as follows:Callum Ford - 198,300Nuno Da Silva - 143,200Andreas Samuelsson - 128,900Alex Falon - 127,600Bill Jordanou - 110,000 Tomorrow will see 106 players return to the Star City Casino poker room for Day 2 of play as the players prepare to battle it out for a final table berth. The action recommences at 12:30pm AEST and once again PokerNetwork’s Live Reporting Team will be on the tournament floor for live updates of all the action. We’ll also be providing regular updates of the highly anticipated $5,200 PokerNews Australia Magazine High Roller’s Event which will kick off at 6:30pm AEST. We look forward to your company then!

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Callum Ford will enter Day 2 of the Sydney Poker Championships Main Event as the man to catch! Callum Ford will enter Day 2 of the Sydney Poker Championships Main Event as the man to catch!

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