2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific

$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Dias: 1
Event Info

2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
127,843 AUD
Event Info
5,000 AUD
Prize Pool
376,000 AUD
Informações sobre o nível
4,000 / 8,000

Pickering Leads Advancing 19 Players; Late Registration Remains Open

Nível 10 : 500/1,000, 0 ante
Jamie Pickering
Jamie Pickering

On Tuesday, 73 players entered the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Event #5 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, and after 10 one-hour levels of play, just 19 of the remained with Jamie Pickering and his stack of 105,900 leading the way. The number of entrants may go up as registration for this event is open until the start of Day 2.

It didn’t take long for the first elimination of the day to occur. In Level 1 (25/50) action exploded on a {3-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop between Edward Hatzakortzian and Sam Higgs that resulted in the former getting his last 10,000 or so in the pot.

Hatzakortzian: {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Higgs: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{q-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Hatzakortzian held two pair, but he admitted he didn't like the situation as Higgs held a queens with overs and a flush draw.

"Straight away," a resigned Hatzakortzian said after the {6-Clubs} turn gave Higgs the flush. Hatzakortzian could still win with either a queen of three, but it wasn't in the cards as the {10-Diamonds} blanked on the river. With that, Hatzakortzian became the first player eliminated from the tournament, though he would be far from the last.

Others who hit the rail on Day 1 were 2014 WSOP Player of the Year contender George Danzer; Jeff Lisandro, who had just won his sixth gold bracelet; reigning Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer; 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth; 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem; and 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, who was playing in his first WSOP APAC event.

Likewise, 2012 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson played his first event upon arriving in Melbourne after some nightmarish travel delays. Merson, who bagged up 63,800, spoke with Senior New Editor Chad Holloway about the delays:

Others who will be returning for Day 2 are Aaron Lim (45,000), Richard Ashby (39,600), Jeff Rossiter (35,200), John Dalessandri (17,400), Billy “The Croc” Argyros (12,300), and Dan Heimiller (5,200).

The remaining 19 players will return to action at 12:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday for Day 2 action, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action from the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. We'll see you then!

Tags: Jamie Pickering

Bojang Makes The Magician Disappear

Nível 10 : 500/1,000, 0 ante
Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari opened with a raise from the hijack only to have Ismael Bojang three-bet to 10,700 from the button. The blinds both folded, and then Esfandiari shoved for 22,300 more. Bojang sort of rolled his eyes before dropping in a call. He seemed as if he expected Esfandiari to turn over aces, but that wasn't the case.

Bojang: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Esfandiari: {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

Bojang was ahead with kings, but Esfandiari had some connecting cards. Unfortunately for him, the {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop was as dry as could be, and the {3-Diamonds} turn actually left him drawing dead. The meaningless {2-Diamonds} was put out on the river for good measure, and then "The Magician" took his leave from the tournament.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
95,000 55,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 2X Winner

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariIsmael Bojang

Madsen None Too Happy

Nível 9 : 400/800, 0 ante
Jeff Madsen
Jeff Madsen

We picked up the action on a {2-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop when 2006 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Jeff Madsen bet 9,000 from the small blind and Mike Watson called from the big. Some other players folded in between, and it was heads-up action to the {J-Clubs} turn.

Madsen took the opportunity to bet his remaining 21,800, and Watson thought for a few moments before making the call.

Madsen: {2-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{10-Spades}{3-Diamonds}
Watson: {q-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

Madsen was ahead with two pair and the nut-flush draw, while Watson held just a pair of eights and an inferior flush draw. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {Q-Diamonds}, which improved Watson to a better two pair.

Madsen slammed down his cards in frustration and made a beeline toward the exit. Needless to say, he was none too happy.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
120,000 40,000
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 2X Winner
Jeff Madsen us
Jeff Madsen
WSOP 4X Winner

Tags: Mike WatsonJeff Madsen

Kawauti & Lim Bust in Quick Succession at Table 31

Nível 8 : 300/600, 0 ante
Bruno Kawauti
Bruno Kawauti

We missed the action over at Table 31, but we do know Brazil's Bruno Kawauti got his chips in against Daniel Negreanu on a {7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop.

Kawauti: {4-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Negreanu: {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{7-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

Kawauti flopped various straight and flush draws, which he needed to hit to overcome the flopped set of Negreanu. The {9-Hearts} turn have Kawauti the said straight, but his lead was short lived as the {9-Clubs} on the river gave Negreanu a winning full house.

Not long after, a short-stacked David Lim got his chips in preflop against Ismael Bojang.

Bojang: {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Lim: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

The board ran out all low cards — {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} — and Bojang's aces held to send Lim to the rail.

Hellmuth Wasn't a 4-1 Favorite

Nível 5 : 150/300, 0 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

We missed the elimination of Phil Hellmuth, but we learned after the fact that he got his short stack all in preflop against Sam Higgs.

Hellmuth: {a-}{q-}{j-}{9-}
Higgs: {k-}{k-}{8-}{7-}

The board ran out clean, and Hellmuth is now 0-5 at the 2014 WSOP APAC.

"Usually I'm about a 4-1 favorite when I play pots in Australia. Not that time," Hellmuth said before departing.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: Phil HellmuthSam Higgs

Marcus King of the Kastle

Nível 4 : 100/200, 0 ante
Van Marcus
Van Marcus

We happened upon the action with Roland Israelashivili having 2,500 laid out in front of him while Casey Kastle and Van Marcus were all in for 10,350 and 10,200 respectively. Israelashivili was debating what to do, and after a couple minutes in the tank he released his hand.

Marcus: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts}
Kastle: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{3-Spades}

Both players held aces, but the {7-Spades}{9-Clubs}{k-Clubs} flop gave Marcus a redraw to a straight. The {10-Spades} turn completed it, and after the {3-Clubs} was put out on the river, Kastle was left with just 150 in chips.

Marcus laid claim to those a short time later when his {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{7-Spades} quads beat Kastle's {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs} full house on a board reading {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Van Marcus au
Van Marcus
23,000 8,000
Casey Kastle si
Casey Kastle

Tags: Casey KastleRoland IsraelashiviliVan Marcus

Rossiter vs. Charania: Only One Will Survive

Nível 2 : 50/100, 0 ante
Mohsin Charania
Mohsin Charania

An elimination hand just took place, and while we didn't catch it as it happened, we learned some details after the fact.

Three players checked a {k-}{j-}{2-} flop that contained two hearts. The {10-Diamonds} turn proved to be an action card between Jeff Rossiter and Mohsin Charania. The latter got his stack all in holding {a-}{q-}{j-}{8-} for the nut straight, but Rossiter was freerolling him with the {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{k-}{6-} for the same straight with a flush redraw.

Much to Charania's dismay, the river was a heart and he was flushed away at the tail end of Level 2.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
28,000 13,000
Mohsin Charania us
Mohsin Charania
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
WPT 2X Winner

Tags: Jeff RossiterMohsin Charania

The Second PLO Event of the 2014 WSOP APAC is Set to Begin

The 2014 WSOP APAC
The 2014 WSOP APAC

While one pot-limit Omaha tournament — Event #3 $1,650 PLO — will crown a winner today, another will be kicking off with Event #5 AUD$5,000 PLO, which is a new event on the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific schedule.

The tournament is expected to draw a field of top pros included 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, who will be seeking his first PLO bracelet; 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess, who bubbledEvent $4 $1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Terminator late last night; WSOP Player of the Year contender George Danzer; 2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel; and reigning WSOP APAC Main Event champ Daniel Negreanu.

We'll also likely see some players who fared well in the aforementioned PLO event such as Mike Watson (14th - AUD$3,002), Scott Davies (12th - AUD$3,633), Ismael Bojang (11th - AUD$3,633), and Mel Judah (10th - AUD$4,472). Finally, there's a good chance Australian Hall of Famers Gary Benson, Jeff Lisandro and Jason Gray will make an appearance once they're done with the Event #3 final table.

Players will start the tournament with 15,000 in chips, and the plan for the day is to play 10 one-hour levels with a 15-minute break every two levels. There will also be a one-hour dinner break after Level 6. Late registration will remain open through Level 8. Cards will be in the air in a little over an hour, so stay tuned as the PokerNews Live Reporting brings you all the PLO action you can handle from the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.