Monday, June 21, 2010

Jamshidi's Better Half

$500 +60 NLH Deep Stack (1B)

Habashzada - Kids 1st, Poker 2nd

Sirous Jamshidi (Broomall, PA) is an accomplished Borgata regular, who has $1.7 million in career tournament earnings, including a 2nd place finish ($370k) in the 2010 Winter Poker Open Championship event. Since Jamshidi can't play in the Deep Stack, his wife, Torpekay Habashzada, is taking his place, both at the table and at the top of the chip counts.

"She's good," says one player pointing to her 90k stack, "she hasn't had any big hands," as Habashzada clearly has the table's respect.

Habashzada's quick to point out that Jamshidi's the better player and that she doesn't play in tournaments often. "The kids are the most important thing," she says while taking down a 5k pot. "I let Sirous do all the playing."

"Don't let her kid you," chimes in one player, "she taught him everything he knows."

Habashzada, who's originally from Afghanistan, has two teenage children and a 20-year old living at home. She expects Jamshidi to make it to Borgata for the Championship event which starts Friday.

Until then, Habashzada will keep up the family legacy of running well as she's clearly one of the early big stacks.

"Tell Roy his chips are with her," says Alex Im (Washington, D.C.) who hit a three outer to eliminate Roy Winston earlier in the day. "I chased two flush draws and missed and she took it down."

Im is now down to less than 20k after winning the 50k pot from Winston.

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