The final table of Event 6: AU$1,650 8-Game Dealer's Choice has been reached with Rory Young leading the final six players.
What started yesterday afternoon with 89 players and a AU$133,500 prizepool, just 19 players reached the penultimate day with the aim of reaching an elusive World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific final table.
Although play started slowly, it quickly picked up once Stephen Woodhead reduced the field to just three tables. Michael Guzzardi, overnight chip leader Gary Benson, Stuart Rutter and Jeff Madsen all fell to the rail before the two-table redraw before Jeff Gross lost a big flip against his buddy and new chip leader Brian Rast. Frank Kassela then found himself in a world of pain against Jason Gray to be eliminated next before hand-for-hand play began.
Lasting into the next level, eventually it would be local player Srdjan Brkic becoming the bubble boy when Sam Khouiss rivered two-pair in Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo to guarantee the final nine to be in-the-money. Shivan Abdine (9th), Michael Wang (8th) and Samuel Ngai (7th) all then found themselves watching from the rail to leave the final table as follows:
With Young holding the chip lead with 102,300, he still has some work to do as this final table is filled with talented players. WSOP bracelet winner Brian Rast sits in second with 96,400 while youngster David Zhao sits with 89,000 as Australian poker stalwarts Sam Khouiss and Jason Gray also remain.
However the story of this final table is how close George Danzer is away from recapturing the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year as he needs to finish fourth or better to overtake Brandon Shack-Harris.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to provide continuos hand-for-hand live updates of the final table once it recommences at 12:10 p.m. local time on Friday from Crown Melbourne's Studio 3. Make sure to stay locked to PokerNews.com as we crown the Event 6: AU$1,650 8-Game Dealer's Choice Champion!