Run It Up Reno

$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em

Level Info

Level 23
Blinds 8,000 / 16,000
Ante 2,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 486,000 AUD
$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

Alex Antonios Wins WSOP APAC Event #7 for AU$128,784

Chad_Holloway • Level 23: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Event #7 Champion Alexander Antonios
Event #7 Champion Alexander Antonios

On Saturday, all eyes were on Phil Hellmuth as he went for his 14th bracelet in Event #7: AU$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific. However, poker history would have to wait as the “Poker Brat” exited in fourth place. Instead, the day belonged to Australia’s Alexander “AJ” Antonios, who topped a field of 243 players to win the AU$128,784 first-place prize and coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

The final six players took their seats at midday. After just eight hours of play, Antonios, who plays cash games in Sydney, emerged as the last man standing. The first elimination of the day came early when Bruno Politano, who is a member of this year’s November Nine, got his short stack all in on Hand #7 of the final table. He was ahead with {q-}{q-}, but found himself racing against the {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} of Hellmuth. Politano survived the flop, but a king on the turn gave Hellmuth the lead. Politano would miss the river and had to settle for sixth place and AU$19,809 in prize money.

Five-handed play lasted a long time, but eventually Yu Kurita four-bet jammed pocket jacks and found herself racing against Michael Tran’s {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} on Hand #69 of the final table. An ace on the flop was a dagger through Kurita’s heart, and by the time the board ran out, Tran had made a full house to send Kurita back to Japan in fifth place with AU$27,624.

Hellmuth would fall 34 hands later when he moved his last 72,000 all in preflop holding the {a-Hearts}{7-Spades} and was called by Tran’s {4-Clubs}{4-Spades}. Hellmuth was flipping, but the proverbial coin did not come down in his favor as the board ran out a dry {q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. Hellmuth was denied his record 14th bracelet and instead had to settle for fourth place and AU$38,909 in prize money.

After more than three hours of three-handed play, action heated up on Hand #202 of the final table when Steven Zhou raised to 25,000 on the button, and Antonios called from the small blind. Tran came along from the big blind, and all three players saw a flop of {k-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades}. Two checks saw Zhou continue for 32,000, and then Antonios woke up with a big check-raise to 107,000. Tran quickly folded, and Zhou snap-shoved for 341,000.

Antonios let an expletive slip his lips before asking for a count. After a minute, he dropped in some chips to create a monster pot.

Antonios: {a-Spades}{2-Spades}
Zhou: {k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

Zhou was ahead with a pair of kings, but Antonios was drawing to a flush in addition to his ace. The {4-Hearts} turn have Antonios added straight outs, but it'd be the {A-Clubs} river that would give him the win. The river sent Zhou home in third place for AU$79,646, while Antonios took a 6-1 chip lead into heads-up play.

It took 23 more hands for Antonios to seal the deal, but eventually he did so when his {k-Hearts}{4-Clubs} held up against Tran’s {10-Spades}{9-Clubs} in an all-in preflop confrontation.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPlayer (AU$)
1Alex Antonios$128,784
2Michael Tran$79,646
3Steven Zhou$55,365
4Phil Hellmuth$38,909
5Yu Kurita$27,624
6Bruno Politano$19,809

Congratulations to Alex Antonios on winning the 2014 WSOP APAC Event #7: $AU$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em for AU$128,784 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

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Michael Tran Eliminated in 2nd Place (AU$79,646)

Chad_Holloway • Level 23: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Michael Tran - 2nd Place
Michael Tran - 2nd Place

Hand #225: Michael Tran shoved his last 66,000 all in from the button and Alex Antonios made the call.

Antonios: {k-Hearts}{4-Clubs}
Tran: {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}

Tran needed some help to extend his tournament life, and while the {7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{q-Spades} flop didn't hit him directly, it did give him an open-ended straight draw. The {7-Spades} turn was a blank, and so was the {3-Clubs} river. Tran missed and had to settle for second place and a AU$79,646 consolation prize.

Alexander Antonios au 1,458,000 80,000
Michael Tran au Busted

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Hands #218-224: Last Hands of Level 22

Chad_Holloway • Level 23: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Hand #218: Alex Antonios raised to 25,000 on the button and Michael Tran folded.

Hand #219: Tran limped the button and then folded when Antonios raised to 36,000.

Hand #220: Tran received a walk.

Hand #221: Antonios got a walk back.

Hand #222: Antonios raised to 25,000 on the button, Tran called, and the flop came down {9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{a-Clubs}. Tran check-called a bet of 21,000 and then both players checked the {7-Diamonds} turn. When the {8-Hearts} completed the board on the river, Tran bet 36,000 and Antonios called. Tran tabled the {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}, but it was no good as Antonios had rivered two pair with the {8-Clubs}{4-Clubs}.

Hand #223: Antonios received a walk.

Hand #224: Antonios moved all in and Tran folded.

Alexander Antonios au 1,378,000 115,000
Michael Tran au 80,000 -115,000

Tags: Michael TranAlexander Antonios

Level:
23
Blinds:
8,000/16,000
Ante:
2,000

Hands #213-217: A Three-Bet by Tran

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Hand #213: Michael Tran raised to 28,000 and that won the pot.

Hand #214: Alexander Antonios raised to 25,000 and quickly folded to a three-bet of Tran.

Hand #215: Antonios limped the small blind, Tran checked. The {A-Spades} {10-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} flop was checked through and same applied for the {8-Diamonds} on the turn. Antonios won the pot with a bet of 12,000 after the {J-Spades} on the river completed the board.

Hand #216: Antonios got through with a raise to 25,000.

Hand #217: Tran made it 38,000 and Antonios said "take it" - fold.

Alexander Antonios au 1,263,000 11,000
Michael Tran au 195,000 23,000

Tags: Alexander AntoniosMichael Tran

Hands #208-212: Five More Hands of Varying Degrees of Interest

Chad_Holloway • Level 22: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Hand #208: Alex Antonios raised to 25,000 on the button and won the pot.

Hand #209: Michael Tran limped the button, Antonios checked his option, and then both players checked it down as the board ran out {10-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. Tran showed the {j-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, but it was no good as Antonios held the {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} for king high.

Hand #210: Antonios raised to 25,000 on the button and won the pot.

Hand #211: Tran raised the button to 32,000, Antonios called, and the flop came down {3-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. Antonios checked and then folded when Tran moved all in for roughly 110,000.

Hand #212: Antonios raised to 25,000 on the button and won the pot.

Tags: Michael TranAlexander Antonios

Hands #203-207: First Heads-Up Action

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Hand #203: Michael Tran raised to 26,000 and Alexander Antonios folded.

Hand #204: Antonios limped, Tran made it 37,000 to go and Antonios called. They checked the {6-Spades} {2-Hearts} {9-Spades} flop and Tran bet 41,000 on the {6-Clubs} turn to claim the pot.

Hand #205: Now Tran limped and called the raise to 37,000 by his opponent. The {6-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} {10-Hearts} flop was again checked through very much like the previous hand. On the {4-Clubs} turn, Tran reluctantly called the bet of 28,000 by Antonios and both checked down the {6-Hearts} on the river. Antonios showed {7-Clubs} {7-Diamonds} and the pair of sevens was good.

Hand #206: Antonios limped and then bet the {Q-Clubs} {9-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} flop for 16,000. Tran mucked his cards.

Hand #207: Tran raised to 28,000 from the small blind and won the pot.

Tags: Alexander AntoniosMichael Tran

Steven Zhou Eliminated in 3rd Place (AU$79,646)

Chad_Holloway • Level 22: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Steven Zhou - 3rd Place
Steven Zhou - 3rd Place

Hand #202: After hours of three-handed play a hand finally came that could very well determine the winner of this tournament.

It began when Steven Zhou raised to 25,000 on the button and Alex Antonios called from the small blind. Michael Tran came along from the big blind and all three players saw a flop of {k-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades}. Two checks saw Zhou continue for 32,000, and then Antonios woke up with a big check-raise to 107,000. Tran quickly folded, and Zhou snap-shoved for 341,000.

Antonios let an expletive slip his lips before asking for a count. After a minute he dropped in some chips to create a monster pot.

Antonios: {a-Spades}{2-Spades}
Zhou: {k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

Zhou was ahead with a pair of kings, but Antonios was drawing to a flush in addition to his ace. The {4-Hearts} turn have Antonios added straight outs, but it'd be the {A-Clubs} river that would give him the win. The river sent Zhou home in third place for AU$79,646, while Antonios takes a 6-1 chip lead into heads-up play.

Alexander Antonios au 1,286,000 386,000
Michael Tran au 172,000 -53,000
Stephen Zhou Busted

Tags: Alexander AntoniosMichael TranSteven Zhou

Hands #197-201: Zhou Bets Big Against Tran

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Hand #197: Michael Tran limped from the small blind, Steven Zhou raised to 37,000 and Tran released his cards.

Hand #198: Zhou raised to 40,000 and Alexander Antonios called after some consideration. Zhou continued for 65,000 on the {A-Clubs} {J-Clubs} {10-Spades} flop and 125,000 on the {6-Spades} turn. Antonios called the first barrel but eventually let go after the second one.

Hand #199: Antonios raised to 26,000 and Tran called out of the big blind. On the {9-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {A-Clubs} flop, Antonios check-folded to a bet of 28,000 by Tran.

Hand #200: Antonios limped from the button, Tran called and Zhou checked. The {A-Diamonds} {K-Spades} {2-Diamonds} flop was checked to Antonios and he took it down with a bet of 14,000.

Hand #201: Tran raised the button to 25,000 and Zhou called the small blind. On the {A-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} {Q-Hearts} flop no bet was made before the {3-Spades} fell on the turn. Zhou fired 27,000 and was called before he put in a hefty bet of 125,000 on the {2-Hearts} river. That was more than half the stack of Tran and the latter eventually mucked.

Steven Zhou au 330,000 50,000
Michael Tran au 225,000 -53,000

Tags: Alexander AntoniosMichael TranSteven Zhou