Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of the opening AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator event from the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific has reached its conclusion. The third and final day of play is just one night's sleep away, and that's the day when someone will be crowned the first gold bracelet winner from Down Under this year. Also awaiting the champion is AU$131,365 in prize money.
The man best positioned to capture the top prize is Luke Brabin. He bagged up 336,000 in chips and will lead the remaining 10 competitors into Day 3. This is an all-Australian final 10, and each player is guaranteed a minimum payday of AU$9,831.
Joining Brabin are Ryan Hong, Stephen Lindeblad, Brian McAllister, Didier Guerin, Kahle Burns, Zane Ly, Daniel Murphy, Piyush Gupta, and David Profaca.
More than 90 players began Day 2, including the big chip leader Scott Clements. Unfortunately for Clements, though, his run fell short of the money. Paul Sharbanee also fell short of the money, and he was the tournament's bubble after busting out in 55th place.
One player hitting a cash was Brandon Shack-Harris, but he could only muster a min-cash. Coming into this event, Shack-Harris led the WSOP Player of the Year race, but that's in the past. George Danzer — the man closely trailing Shack-Harris by less than 10 points — worked his way to a 22nd-place finish in this event and took over the pole position. Other notables to finish in the money were Antonio Esfandiari (45th - AU$2,560), Dan Heimiller (31st - AU$3,159), Julius Colman (25th - AU$4,094), and Jeff Madsen (19th - AU$5,591).
Day 3 will certainly be an exciting day on the felt. Just nine eliminations stand in the way between the crowning of the first gold bracelet winner from the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific, and it couldn't be a more exciting time at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
Final Table Seat Draw
The action will commence at 12:10 p.m. local time with PokerNews live coverage plus a final-table live stream, so be sure to tune back in then.
Ten levels have been played in full today, and that means play will end with 10 remaining. The players are now bagging up their chips. Chip counts and a recap of the day will be posted shortly.
Luke brabin raised and Ryan Hong defended his big blind to see the flop. Hong donk-bet and was called before checking the to his opponent. Now Brabin bet 19,000 and received a reluctant call. The completed the board and both big stacks checked. Brabin showed and that was enough to win the pot.
In the last hand of level 18, Hong limped from the small blind and Zane Ly checked his option one seat over. On the flop, Hong bet 6,000 and called the raise to 18,000 by Ly. The on the turn was checked through and Hong took down the pot without showdown with betting 39,000 on the river.
From middle position, Zane Ly raised all in for an even 70,000. Action folded all the way around to Piyush Gupta in the big blind, and he made the call with the for half of his stack. Ly was at risk with the .
Following a run out of , Ly won the pot and doubled through. Gupta was left with 70,000 in chips.
In one of the first few hands of the unofficial ten-handed final table, Zane Ly raised to 12,500 from the cutoff and Daniel Murphy moved all in from the small blind for 66,500. Ly counted his chips carefully and eventually tossed in the chips while the rail of Murphy erupted.
The flop had something for both players with the gutshot and the open ended straight draw. On the turn, Ly picked up some additional outs to counterfit the pocket pair of his opponent. However, it wasn't meant to be with the on the river. Murphy screamed out his joy and his rail did so, too.
After an open raise to 12,000 from Didier Guerin on the button, Andrew Chang moved all in and won the pot without showdown. One hand later, Luke Brabin opened to 12,000 and Chang pushed all in for the second time in a row. Brabin asked to pull in his raise into the pot to determine how much more it was to call and it was 70,000 to go.
Eventually Brabin called and they turned over their cards:
There was some sweat on the with the open ended straight draw for the short stack but Brabin held up thanks to the on the river. All remaining 10 players are now moved to the unofficial final table and there are 20 minutes left to play in the last level of the day. If we lose one more player prior to that, the chips will be bagged and tagged.
Thomas Gleeson moved his short stack all in with the , and Piyush Gupta called from the big blind with the . Gleeson only had three or four big blinds when he finally committed his stack.
The flop was a big one for Gupta, coming down and giving him two pair. The turn was the , and that left Gleeson drawing dead before the completed the board on the river.
Gleeson finished in 12th place and took home AU$9,831 for his effort. Gupta increased his stack to about 158,000 in chips.
Daniel Murphy was all in for his last 42,000 with and Kahle Burns looked him up one seat over with the . There was only a tiny difference in the kicker of both opponents but it would be crucial on a board of to let Murphy double through.