2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific

$2,200 No-Limit Hold'em
Day: 1
Event Info

2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific

Final Results
Winning Hand
107,500 AUD
Event Info
2,200 AUD
Prize Pool
430,000 AUD
Level Info
8,000 / 16,000

$2,200 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1 Completed

Ruha Leads Advancing 33 Players; Heimiller, Thomas & Gross Lurking

Level 10 : 400/800, 100 ante
Sam Ruha
Sam Ruha

On Saturday, the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific continued with Day 1 action from Event #2 $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em. The tournament – one of the new events added to the WSOP APAC schedule – attracted 215 players, but after ten one-hour levels of play, just 31 remained with Sam Ruha and his stack of 122,000 leading the way.

Ruha got some of his chips in Level 7 (200/400/50) when Daniel Negreanu opened for 950 from middle position and Ruha called. The {3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop saw Ruha call a bet of 1,600, and then he called one of 2,800 when Negreanu bet the {A-Hearts} turn. Both players then checked the {6-Diamonds} river and Negreanu rolled over the {7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a pair of sevens. It was no good though as Ruha held an overpair with the {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. Negreanu would fall later in the night while Ruha went on to bag up the chip lead.

Others who made it through with big stacks included Tim O’Shea (100,200), Michael O’Grady (82,200), Bill Zahris (82,100) and Sam Nee (68,400).

Straight out of the gate the tournament was characterized by one thing – eliminations. The reigning WSOP champ, Ryan Riess, was among the first to go when he ran kings into aces, but he was far from the last. Among those to exit on Day 1 were Vanessa Rousso, Jack Salter, Jonathan Dimmig, Jonathan Duhamel, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Brandon Shack-Harris, Jackie Glazier, Jonathan Little, Scott Clements, Bruno Politano, and George Danzer.

After finishing in 22nd place in Event #1 and surpassing Shack-Harris atop the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard, Danzer jumped into Event #2 just as registration came to a close. Danzer managed to work his 6,000 starting stack up to 15,000 or so, but that's as high as he'd get.

Danzer lost a good deal of his chips when he raised from the button and then called a shove from the player in the small blind. Danzer was ahead with {3-}{3-} against his opponent's {k-}{q-}, but a king on the river saw the German fall to six big blinds.

He got it in a short time later after two players had limped, one of which called him with {10-}{10-}. Danzer held {a-}{9-} but failed to improve. He confirmed that he will be playing Event #3 $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha on Sunday.

While dozens fell, a lucky throng of players made it through to Day 2 including Dan Heimiller (55,200), Kitty Kuo (45,400), Russell Thomas (13,000), and Jeff Gross (13,000). The latter two will have their work cut out for themselves if they hope to make the money at the top 24 and contend for the $107,500 first-place prize.

The remaining 33 players will return to action at 12:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, and the plan is to play down to the final table of nine. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there every step of the way to bring you all the action and eliminations from the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : 400/800, 100 ante
Player Chips Progress
Sam Ruha au
Sam Ruha
122,000 17,000
Tim O'Shea au
Tim O'Shea
100,200 200
Michael O'Grady au
Michael O'Grady
82,200 200
William Zaharis au
William Zaharis
82,100 82,100
Sam Chuan (Aik-Chuan Nee)
Sam Chuan (Aik-Chuan Nee)
68,400 68,400
Michael Kyriakou
Michael Kyriakou
66,700 -1,300
Dan Heimiller us
Dan Heimiller
65,200 36,200
WSOP 2X Winner
Martin Kozlov au
Martin Kozlov
55,000 7,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Junzhong Loo my
Junzhong Loo
54,600 54,600
WSOP 1X Winner
Peco Stojanovski au
Peco Stojanovski
54,300 -5,700
Feng Zhou sg
Feng Zhou
54,000 11,000
Stephen Woodhead gb
Stephen Woodhead
53,600 -1,400
Steven Zhou au
Steven Zhou
48,000 48,000
Kitty Kuo tw
Kitty Kuo
45,400 -19,600
[Removed:27] au
44,300 -15,700
Rodoljub Batoz au
Rodoljub Batoz
39,300 39,300
Luke Spano au
Luke Spano
31,400 31,400
Michael Subacius au
Michael Subacius
22,900 -1,100
Samuel Ngai ca
Samuel Ngai
22,100 3,100
Tien Pham ca
Tien Pham
18,500 18,500
Najeem Ajez au
Najeem Ajez
17,800 17,800
John Parker us
John Parker
17,200 17,200
WSOP 3X Winner
Darren Lyttle gb
Darren Lyttle
16,000 16,000
Daniel Hough gb
Daniel Hough
16,000 -17,000
Fred Chaptini au
Fred Chaptini
15,700 15,700

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Seven More Hands

Level 10 : 400/800, 100 ante

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play seven more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to capture any last minute action and to compile a list of chip counts, so stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Kyriakou Takes from O'Grady

Level 10 : 400/800, 100 ante

Michael O'Grady opened for 2,200 and received a call from Tim O'Shea in the small blind. Michael Kyriakou came along from the big and three players saw a flop of {2-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{5-Clubs}. Two checks saw O'Grady continue for 3,200, only Kyriakou called, and then both players checked the {4-Spades} turn.

When the {7-Hearts} completed the board on the river, Kyriakou led out for 4,600 and O'Grady snap-called. Kyriakou tabled the {5-Spades}{7-Spades} for two pair, and it was good as O'Grady flashed the {A-Clubs} before mucking his hand.

Player Chips Progress
Michael O'Grady au
Michael O'Grady
82,000 -8,000
Michael Kyriakou
Michael Kyriakou

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Thomas Catches the River

Level 10 : 400/800, 100 ante

Russell Thomas was all in preflop and at risk for his last 10,000 chips with {A-Spades} {K-Clubs} and got called by an opponent one seat over with {J-Spades} {J-Diamonds}. There was no help until the {9-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} {10-Hearts} {8-Hearts} turn but the {K-Hearts} river delivered the over card. His girlfriend Kitty Kuo came over to cheer and then headed back to her table.

Player Chips Progress
Russell Thomas us
Russell Thomas
21,000 8,000

Tags: Kitty KuoRussell Thomas

Stojanovski Surging

Level 10 : 400/800, 100 ante

Peco Stojanovski, who had just moved from a different table, opened with a standard raise and then called when a short-stacked opponent moved all in.

Stojanovski: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}
Opponent: {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Stojanovski had the goods, and there would be no sweat as the {10-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{10-Hearts} flop gave him a full house. His opponent could win with a runner-runner royal flush, but of course that didn't happen as the {4-Spades} blanked on the turn followed by the {3-Spades} on the river.

Player Chips Progress
Peco Stojanovski au
Peco Stojanovski
60,000 17,000

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Dutt vs. Zhao

Level 10 : 400/800, 100 ante

Feng Zhao opened with a raise from the cutoff only to have Surag Dutt three-bet to 3,700 from the button. The blinds both folded, Zhao four-bet all in for 20,150 total, and Dutt hit the tank for a couple minutes before making the call.

Dutt: {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}
Zhao: {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}

Zhao was ahead, but Dutt was drawing to two live cards. The {2-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop paired Zhao, but it really didn't change a thing. Dutt was still looking for paint, and while the {9-Spades} turn wasn't it, that card did give Dutt a gutshot straight draw. Fortunately for Zhao, it didn't come in as the {7-Spades} blanked on the river.

Player Chips Progress
Feng Zhou sg
Feng Zhou
Surag Dutt
Surag Dutt
18,000 -17,000

Tags: Surag DuttFeng Zhao

Level: 10

Blinds: 400/800

Ante: 100

Kuo Finishes Off Benson

Level 9 : 300/600, 75 ante
Gary Benson
Gary Benson

Not long ago, Kitty Kuo crippled Gary Benson down to just 3,000, but the Australian legend refused to go down without a fight. Benson stuck it out for as long as he could, but eventually he called off from the big blind holding {q-}{10-} after Kuo had moved all in from the small with {9-}{8-}.

Benson got it in good, but Kuo hit gin on the {j-}{10-}{9-} flop. Benson had flopped a pair and an open-ended straight draw, but both the turn and river would blank to allow Kuo's straight to hold. With that, Benson took his leave from the tournament.

Player Chips Progress
Gary Benson au
Gary Benson
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Gary BensonKitty Kuo