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Topakas and Graham Capture Titles at Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series!

Posted at 16:02 2009-03-17 A cool Melbourne Monday morning was just the ticket for the online grinders enjoying their slice of the major online tournament action. For others it was off to the felt of the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series at Crown Casino for the first of the larger buy-in events of the series.
 
It was Event #9: $1,100 No Limit Holdem 6-Handed and 96 players jumped into the short-handed action to create a nice $96,000 prize pool. The top 12 players would cash with first place to collect $24,000. The players enjoyed a 15,000-chip start bank and generous 30 minute levels, however the pace was frantic in the early goings as most tables started ultra-short as players were late in taking their seats by the scheduled 12:10pm start time. Most were two or three handed, with Andrew “Adgee” Jeffreys overheard to be all in on the very first hand – clearly a blind-steal attempt as he was the only live player seated at his table!
 
Slowly the players found their way to their seats, with many big names arriving in town for their first event of the series. Grant Levy and Jarrad Graham were amongst the starters, which also included the likes of Michael Guzzardi, Tino Lechich, Billy Argyros, Andrew Demetriou, Billy Seri, Jimmy Siu, Nobbi Tanaka, Emad Tahtouh, Vincent Wan, Sam Youssef and Joe Hachem who was a very early casualty.
 
It the end it was a battle of Toothpick Master versus Toothpick Student as Antonis Kambouroglou and Jarred Graham went heads up for the title. In the end it was Graham who captured another live title when he ace-king held up against Kambouroglou’s ace-queen.
 
1st
Jarred Graham
$26,000
2nd
Antonis Kambouroglou
$18,100
3rd
Aaron Boyd
$14,500
4th
Rami Saukko
$11,000
5th
Sam Youssef
$7,800
6th
Daniel Neilsen
$4,800
7th
Brian Hull
$2,300
8th
Emad Tahtouh
$2,300
9th
Danny Ayoub
$2,300
10th
Nobbi Tanaka
$2,300
11th
Karim Jomeen
$2,300
12th
Andrew Jeffreys
$2,300

 
 
Meanwhile the evening shift saw players partake in another mixed game, the time it was Event #10: $340 Pot Limit Hold’em/Omaha. Players started with 10,000 in chips and would rotate between Omaha and Hold’em during each of the 25-minute levels. The event didn’t wrap up until the early hours of the morning, with Crown local Steve Topakas cementing his place towards the top of the PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings for 2009 with victory in this event.
 
1st
Steve Topakas
 $7,095
2nd
Manuel Rodrigues
 $5,031
3rd
Oliver Gill
 $3,612
4th
Octavian Voegele
 $2,838
5th
Manny Stavropoulos
 $2,322
6th
George Cotaidis
 $1,806
7th
Jack Drake
 $1,419
8th
Peter Anthill
 $1,032
9th
Jiang Ping Li
 $645

 
Day 10 of the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series will offer players another two events. The $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha with optional rebuy event kicks off at 12:10pm with plenty of fun expected for the $550 Teams Event at 7:10pm.
 
Remember that from Wednesday the PokerNetwork Live Reporting team will be on the floor of the Crown Poker Room to bring you LIVE updates of the rest of the JHDSS. For full coverage stay locked into www.pokernetwork.com.

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