2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific

$2,200 No-Limit Hold'em
Dias: 1
Event Info

2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
107,500 AUD
Event Info
2,200 AUD
Prize Pool
430,000 AUD
Informações sobre o nível
8,000 / 16,000

Ruha Leads Advancing 33 Players; Heimiller, Thomas & Gross Lurking

Nível 10 : 400/800, 100 ante
Sam Ruha
Sam Ruha

On Saturday, the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific continued with Day 1 action from Event #2 $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em. The tournament – one of the new events added to the WSOP APAC schedule – attracted 215 players, but after ten one-hour levels of play, just 31 remained with Sam Ruha and his stack of 122,000 leading the way.

Ruha got some of his chips in Level 7 (200/400/50) when Daniel Negreanu opened for 950 from middle position and Ruha called. The {3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop saw Ruha call a bet of 1,600, and then he called one of 2,800 when Negreanu bet the {A-Hearts} turn. Both players then checked the {6-Diamonds} river and Negreanu rolled over the {7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a pair of sevens. It was no good though as Ruha held an overpair with the {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. Negreanu would fall later in the night while Ruha went on to bag up the chip lead.

Others who made it through with big stacks included Tim O’Shea (100,200), Michael O’Grady (82,200), Bill Zahris (82,100) and Sam Nee (68,400).

Straight out of the gate the tournament was characterized by one thing – eliminations. The reigning WSOP champ, Ryan Riess, was among the first to go when he ran kings into aces, but he was far from the last. Among those to exit on Day 1 were Vanessa Rousso, Jack Salter, Jonathan Dimmig, Jonathan Duhamel, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Brandon Shack-Harris, Jackie Glazier, Jonathan Little, Scott Clements, Bruno Politano, and George Danzer.

After finishing in 22nd place in Event #1 and surpassing Shack-Harris atop the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard, Danzer jumped into Event #2 just as registration came to a close. Danzer managed to work his 6,000 starting stack up to 15,000 or so, but that's as high as he'd get.

Danzer lost a good deal of his chips when he raised from the button and then called a shove from the player in the small blind. Danzer was ahead with {3-}{3-} against his opponent's {k-}{q-}, but a king on the river saw the German fall to six big blinds.

He got it in a short time later after two players had limped, one of which called him with {10-}{10-}. Danzer held {a-}{9-} but failed to improve. He confirmed that he will be playing Event #3 $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha on Sunday.

While dozens fell, a lucky throng of players made it through to Day 2 including Dan Heimiller (55,200), Kitty Kuo (45,400), Russell Thomas (13,000), and Jeff Gross (13,000). The latter two will have their work cut out for themselves if they hope to make the money at the top 24 and contend for the $107,500 first-place prize.

The remaining 33 players will return to action at 12:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, and the plan is to play down to the final table of nine. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there every step of the way to bring you all the action and eliminations from the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.

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Negreanu Done and Dusted

Nível 9 : 300/600, 75 ante
Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu had been nursing a short stack for most of Level 8, but his time finally ran out shortly after coming back from break.

As former Octo-Niner Russell Thomas told it, Negreanu open-shoved his last eight big blinds from under the gun holding {a-}{j-} only to run into a player holding {a-}{k-}. The board ran out a clean {8-}{9-}{2-}{9-}{7-}, and that was all she wrote for Negreanu.

"The was the only hand he played in 30 minutes," Thomas said.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 2X Winner

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"Nice Hand, Ami"

Nível 6 : 150/300, 25 ante
Ami Barer
Ami Barer

Reigning Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer opened for 600 under the gun and Dennis Huntly, who was seated to his direct left, made the call. The player in the small blind came along, as did Jeff Gross in the big, and four players saw a flop of {4-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}.

Two checks saw Barer continue for 825, and Huntly responded by raising to right around 2,500. The small blind and Gross both folded, and then Barer quickly used both hands to move all in for 6,600. Huntly called.

Huntly: {10-Spades}{9-Spades}
Barer: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

Huntly had flopped top two pair, but it was no good as Barer had a set. Huntly needed a ten to eliminated a tough opponent, but that proved easier said than done as the {Q-Clubs} blanked on the turn followed by the {8-Diamonds} on the river.

"Nice hand, Ami," Huntly offered after the hand.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Ami Barer ca
Ami Barer
16,000 8,000
Jeff Gross us
Jeff Gross
4,400 -3,600
Dennis Huntly au
Dennis Huntly
3,300 -5,700

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"I Lose Everyday, but I Love It" - Phil Hellmuth

Nível 4 : 100/200, 0 ante
Ami Barer and Phill Hellmuth
Ami Barer and Phill Hellmuth

We saw 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth standing at his table, and we rushed over to see what was going on. We arrived to see Hellmuth all in against two players, including reigning Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer.

From what we could piece together from Hellmuth's ramblings after the fact, it was a five-bet pot and Barer had "snap-called it off with king-queen offsuit."

Hellmuth: {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}
Barer: {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
Third Player: {4-Spades}{4-Clubs}

Hellmuth got it in good, but Barer flopped pure when the {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{q-Spades} flop gave him a full house. The {9-Diamonds} turn guaranteed him the pot, and just to rub salt in the wound the dealer put the {7-Clubs} on the river to give Hellmuth a meaningless full house of his own.

"I lose everyday, but I love it," Hellmuth said as he shook hands with the table. Hellmuth then explained he has been playing great here at the WSOP APAC, but players have been sucking out on him.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Ami Barer ca
Ami Barer
10,500 5,100
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

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“MissOracle's" Day Comes to an Early End

Nível 1 : 25/50, 0 ante
[Removed:17] in earlier WSOP APAC action.
[Removed:17] in earlier WSOP APAC action.

New Zealand’s David “MissOracle” Yan, who finished sixth in the 2013 Aussie Millions, saw his Event #2 come to an early end. We're not sure how it happened, but Yan, who was previously featured in PokerNews' popular Online Chat series, was down to his last 375 when he committed from late position.

Action folded around to Bob Sova in the big blind, and he opted to call the additional 325 to him.

Sova: {a-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}
Yan: {j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}

Yan was in need of some help, and while he paired his jack on the {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop, Sova maintained the lead with a flopped pair of aces. Neither the {Q-Spades} turn nor {A-Clubs} river helped Yan, and he shook hands with Sova before wishing him good luck and then exiting the tournament area.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Bob Sova
Bob Sova
7,200 7,200

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November Niner Bruno Politano Seeks to Play "Best in the World" at WSOP APAC

Nível 1 : 25/50, 0 ante
Bruno Politano
Bruno Politano

Before the start of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, PokerNews reached out to this year's crop of November Niners to see who would be making the trip to the land down under. Much to our surprise, Jorryt van Hoof, Felix Stephensen, Martin Jacobson, Billy Pappas, William Tonking, and Daniel Sindelar all confirmed that they were going to pass. Neither Andoni Larrabe nor Mark Newhouse, responded, while the sole finalist to confirm their participation was Brazil’s Bruno Politano.

Despite being the shortest stack of this year’s November Nine — albeit the biggest short stack since the creation of the November Nine — Politano is clearly excited to embrace the opportunities and experiences that come with making the game’s most prestigious final table.

Along with fellow Brazilian Bruno Kawauti — who was the "Last Brazilian Standing" at the 2013 WSOP when he finished 15th — the 31-year-old Politano is in today's field looking for some practice and hopefully a gold bracelet.

Before the start of the WSOP APAC, Politano spoke with PokerNews about the November Nine, his celebrity in Brazil, and of course the upcoming WSOP APAC.

PokerNews: What has inspired you to travel all the way to Australia for the WSOP APAC?

Politano: First of all, because I think I'll be playing a high-level of poker with the best in the world. Second, I love everything the WSOP does and of course I've always wanted to travel to Australia. This time I get to take my girlfriend with me, so we'll enjoy ourselves a little bit.

Do you plan to do anything else aside from poker while you’re there?

This is my first trip there and of course I will take some time to get to know the place, the people, and the culture. I'm very excited.

Since making the November Nine, what’s the reaction been like among Brazilians?

The reaction was incredible, something I've never experienced before. The entire country does not speak of anything else. The poker exploded in a way that even I didn't expect with television, newspapers, magazines, and all the social media talking about it daily. We are all looking forward to the big time, Brazil world champion (laughs).

Poker is huge in Brazil. Have you become a celebrity of sorts in your home country?

Yes, poker is huge now in Brazil. After this achievement, I kind of became a reference. I think the word celebrity is very strong, but I became a reference in the Brazilian poker world and I'm taking this very seriously.

What’s been the craziest thing to happen to you since making the November Nine?

I played the High Roller during EPT Barcelona — €10,300 out of my pocket (laughs). That was the craziest thing I've ever done so far, but I loved playing.

You had a huge and loud rail on the last day of the Main Event. What can we expect at the November Nine?

At least four times what you saw in July. My family is coming over, my sister who lives in Philly is flying over with some friends, and the entire Brazilian poker nation is coming down. Vegas will be turn green and yellow in November.

What sort of things have you been doing to prepare for the November Nine?

Studying my opponents. I'm being coached by my friend Ariel Bahia, traveling all over Brazil and outside Brazil playing, training to the max.

It sounds like you may be the only November Niner at the WSOP APAC. Do you think that will give you some practice and maybe a small advantage over your opponents?

I think so. Playing at such a high level always gives you more practice and experience. I wouldn't pass this opportunity for anything in the world. I love that I get to go play in Australia and be part of one more WSOP.

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Welcome to the Second Event of the 2014 WSOP APAC!

The Crown Tournament Room
The Crown Tournament Room

In 2013, the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific debuted with five gold bracelet events. This year, that number has been doubled, and one of the new tournaments is today's Event #2 $2,200 No-Limit Hold'em. While Day 2 of Event #1 $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator is playing out across the room, hundreds of poker hopefuls will take their shot at the second gold bracelet of the series.

One man who will be in attendance is the most decorated player in WSOP history — Phil Hellmuth. The "Poker Brat" is seeking his 14th gold bracelet, and he's come all the way from California to chase it. Likewise, some of poker's biggest names are expected to take a shot in Event #2 including reigning WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess; 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel; "Professional Best Friend" Jeff Gross; and Daniel Negreanu, who won the 2013 WSOP APAC Main Event on his way to capturing the WSOP Player of the Year title for a second time.

Amazingly, Negreanu is in contention to capture the title again. He currently sits in third place on the POY leaderboard behind Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer. Both of those players are currently in Event #1 and looking to amass some more points, but if they fall short of the money they'll no doubt jump over to this event.

Players will begin this tournament with 6,000 in tournament chips, and the plan for the day is to play 10 one-hour levels. There will be a 15-minute break every two levels, with a one-hour dinner break at the end of Level 6. Late registration is open for six levels, and reentries are not an option.

Cards will be in the air in a little over an hour, so stay tuned for all the latest and greatest from the 2014 WSOP APAC!