Day 3 Completed
|Prize Pool||133,500 AUD|
|Blinds||0 / 0|
Day 3 Completed
The first mixed-game event of the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific come to a conclusion on Friday with Rory Young claiming gold in Event 6: AU$1,650 8-Game Dealer's Choice.
Three days ago, 89 players took a seat in the first of two mixed-game tournaments to be held at Crown Melbourne, and when it was all done and dusted, a prize pool of AU$133,500 was generated to be awarded to the top nine finishers. Once Day 2 began, only 19 remained, and although the field was stacked with notables, many found their way to the rail before the money.
The second day of action saw Day 1 chip leader Gary Benson bust short of the money, along with Michael Guzzardi, Stuart Rutter, Jeff Gross, and multiple bracelet winners Jeff Madsen and Frank Kassela. Then, local Srdjan Brkic became the bubble boy. After that, it was Shivan Abdine (9th), Michael Wang (8th), and Samuel Ngai (7th) all falling short of the final table.
Young would lead coming into the final table, but he would be up against some formidable company that included Australian poker veterans Sam Khouiss and Jason Gray, youngster David Zhao, and two-time WSOP bracelet winners Brian Rast and Danzer. Danzer would be eyeing at least a fourth-place finish so he could once again snatch back the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race from Shack-Harris, but things wouldn't quite work out for the German.
Action began with players arriving late, but once the cards were in the air, it would be Khouiss surging out into the chip lead before Danzer was crippled to just 700 in chips. The following hand, Danzer doubled, but on the next hand after that, the German's one pair wasn't enough to keep him alive once Rast rivered quads.
Young took back the lead, then gave it to Rast, then found it back in his possession before Gray's fight with the short stack ended at the hands of Young in 2-7 triple draw when Gray's nine-seven wasn't to defeat Young's eight-six as he fell in fifth place. Zhao would be the next to go and the final table was down to three.
Rast soon was pushed down to the short stack before his final hand occurred when he was all in holding the against Young's in no-limit hold'em. A six on the flop and on the turn would seal Rast's fate in third, as Young took roughly a 5-3 chip advantage into heads-up play.
From the onset of heads-up play, Young dominated the action as the games switched between pot-limit Omaha and 2-7 triple draw — very similar to how the entire final table played out. Khouiss was pounded down to worse than a 4-1 dog, but the Sydney-sider continued to fight. Unfortunately for him, it just wasn't his day as Young continued to outdraw him in 2-7 triple draw over and over before the final hand played out in pot-limit Omaha.
Khouiss potted the big blind holding the , and Young called with his . Then, Khouiss called all in with the board reading . With Khouiss needing any ace, jack, eight, or seven to stay alive, the river landed the to send him to the rail and give the victory to Young.
The brash youngster in Young played very controlled and aggressive poker throughout the final table and previous days, and for his efforts will be taking home the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and AU$42,720 in prize money. Congratulations to Young and all the in-the-money finishers for their efforts in this one.
If you still are craving some mixed game action, Event 8: AU$5,000 8-Game Mixed is in full swing on Day 1 (with registration still open) with all updates right here. For the remainder of all the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific events, make sure you stay tuned to PokerNews.com as we provide all the updates live from Crown Melbourne!
Rory Young limped the button and Sam Khouiss tossed in three blue 5,000-denomination chips indicating a raise of pot. Young called the 7,200 total before he bet out 12,000 on the flop with Khouiss check-calling.
The turn landed the and following a check from Khouiss, Young splashed the pot with a bet of 40,000. Khouiss ummed and ahhed for a few moments before dropping in a stack of chips to indicate he was calling all-in for his last 35,800.
With Young holding top pair and a flush draw, he would need to fade Khouiss' double gutshot straight draw and outs to a better two-pair and trips.
The dealer burned and turned the on the river to see Khouiss improve to two-pair while simultaneously improving Young's hand to a set to send the Australian poker stalwart to the rail in 2nd place for an AU$26,402 payday.
2-7 Triple Draw
Rory Young opened the button to 10,000 and Sam Khouiss three-bet to 15,000. Young called and drew three to Khouiss' one as both players checked and drew two. Khouiss bet 10,000 and Young called and drew one to Khouiss' pat.
Khouiss checked, Young bet 10,000 and Khouiss called.
Young tabled his and Khouiss flashed a nine and folded.
2-7 Triple Draw
We caught up on the action on the second draw with Sam Khouiss standing pat and Rory Young drawing one. Before the first draw he had already called a raise to 10,000 and the got exposed. Khouiss bet 10,000 and stood pat, Young drew one.
Same repeated on the final draw and before drawing one, Young said “This is gonna be a big one”. Khouiss checked to him and Young bet 10,000. Khouiss called with an 8-6 but Young had that beat with .
The cards are back in the air.
1,200-2,400, 500-ante Blinds
Both players are heading on a 15-minute break.
2-7 Triple Draw
Rory Young raised the button and Sam Khouiss three-bet. Young called and drew three as Khouiss drew one and bet out 4,000. Young called and drew two to Khouiss' one as Khouiss bet out 8,000 and Young called.
The final draw saw both players draw one with Khouiss checking dark to Young who opted to bet out 8,000. Khouiss called and tabled his to best Young's .