Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Zane Ly Leads Final Six; Jeff Lisandro Chases Sixth Gold Bracelet
The third Day 3 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific has been reached, and for the second time this festival it will be an all-Australian affair.
Six players will return tomorrow to conclude the AU$1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha event and crown the third gold bracelet winner from Down Under this year. Leading the pack is Zane Ly, who is appearing at his second final table this series. Earlier in the AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator, Ly finished in sixth place and took home AU$25,234. He bagged up a field-leading 181,000 in chips.
Coming in places two, three, and four on the leader board are three Australian Poker Hall of Fame members — Jason Gray (160,000), Jeff Lisandro (69,000), and Gary Benson (68,000). Lisandro will be looking to earn his sixth WSOP gold bracelet, whereas Benson will aim for his second.
And then you have the two Pauls — Paul Sharbanee with 46,000, and Paul Mac with 34,000 — bringing up the rear.
At the start of Day 2, 22 players remained. Six of those needed to hit the rail before the money was reached, and Daniel Chevalier was the first to go. He was followed out the door by Ami Barer, Tam Truong, Darian Tan, and Michael Wang before Edison Nguyen was eliminated on the bubble in 17th place.
After Nguyen's finish just outside the money, Van Marus, David Lim, Mike Watson, Paul Elliott, Scott Davies, Ismael Bojang, and Mel Judah all headed to the payout desk. It was then that the remaining nine players formed around one table. Vadim Pinsky hit the rail in ninth place, and Oliver Gill headed out the door in eighth. That left just seven players and only one more needed to go home before play was ended for the night. That proved to be Stephen Woodhead in seventh place.
Each of the six remaining competitors has locked up a minimum of AU$9,282. Up top is AU$51,660 plus the coveted WSOP gold bracelet. Play will resume at 12:10 p.m. local time tomorrow, and you can be sure to find all the live updates from start to finish right here on PokerNews.com.
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Stephen Woodhead Eliminated in 7th Place (AU$7,146)
In a battle of the blinds, Stephen Woodhead and Paul Sharbanee got their stacks in preflop for the following showdown:
The flop was , and the turn was the . The river completed the board with the , and Sharbanee doubled up with a flush.
From that, Woodhead had 2,000 chips left, and he was all in from the button the next hand. Sharbanee called from the small blind, and Gary Benson raised to 14,000 from the big blind to produce a successful isolation.
The board ran out , and Benson's ace high with a king kicker won the pot to eliminate Woodhead in seventh place.
Benson Fighting Back
Action folded to Gary Benson in the small blind, and he limped in. Zane Ly raised to 12,000 from the big blind, and Benson called to see the flop. Benson led for 10,000, and Ly folded.
Gray Wins a Big One Off Benson
Gary Benson was the initial raiser and got two callers in Jason Gray on the button and Paul Mac in the big blind. Benson continued on the flop with a bet of 13,000 and only Gray called before doing so again after the turn for 21,000.
The river completed the board and both players checked.
Benson: for two pair, kings and jacks
Gray: for two pair, kings and queens
Flush for Ly Against Gray
This one started off rather interesting.
The dealer pitched out the cards, and Gary Benson claimed he saw the last card dealt to Zane Ly. Benson said he "saw a black card flash" and brought it up before any action had started, but while the dealer finished dealing out the rest of the cards. Ly was in the small blind. After all the cards were pitched, the first three players folded over to Paul Sharbanee in the cutoff seat. The discussion about the flashing card picked up, and the table requested a ruling from the floor staff about how to proceed. Ly also said he saw his card flash and that it was the top card of his four, but he kept it face down.
The floor came over, and it was ruled that because no one could say exactly what the card was and there was sufficient action with three folds, the hand would play on.
Sharbanee then limped in from the cutoff seat, Benson called on the button, Ly called from the small blind, and then Jason Gray checked his option in the big blind to allow the four players to see the flop for the minimum amount of 3,000.
On the flop, Ly checked, and then Gray bet 9,000. Sharbanee and Benson both folded, and then Ly called.
The turn was the , and both Ly and Gray checked to see the complete the board. Ly checked, and Gray checked behind.
"Flush," said Ly, showing the .
Gray mucked his hand, and Ly won the pot.
Oliver Gill Eliminated in 8th Place (AU$5,603)
From under the gun, Oliver Gill raised to 7,500. Action then folded to Zane Ly on the button, and he reraised to 16,500. After the blinds folded, Gill quickly made the call.
"You still cover, right?" Gill asked Ly. Ly responded with a nod.
The flop came down , and Gill pushed a bunch of chips forward. He had bet more than the pot, but was only allowed to wager 37,500, because that was the size of the bet. Ly announced a call, and then Gill tabled his hand to reveal the . Ly didn't show his hand, and this is when Gary Benson immediately chimed in to inform Gill that he shouldn't be showing his hand because he couldn't bet more than the pot and Ly only said he was calling.
Benson asked if a penalty would be issued, as it is a World Series of Poker rule that a player is to receive a penalty if he or she exposes his or her hand with action pending — and that's what Gill did.
"The penalty will be assessed after the hand," said the tournament director, who was right there to witness everything play out. "Let's finish the hand first."
"Well, I've only got seven thousand left," said Gill. "I'm not folding any turns." Gill then stuck in his last 7,000 in the dark.
Ly had only called the 37,500 on the flop and opted to wait to see a turn card, which was the to pair the board. Ly tossed in the 7,000 to make the call and then showed his . Gill had the .
The river completed the board with the , and that was the end of the line for Gill.
"Just naked kings with a three-bet?" Gill questioned as he stood from the table staring at the board. "That's interesting."
With that, Gill finished in eighth place for AU$5,603, while Ly increased his stack to a chip leading 149,500.
Also of note is that Ly finished in sixth place in the first event of the series, the AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator. There he took home AU$25,234, and this marks his second final table in three events for the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific.
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