Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The 2014 World Series of Poker APAC continued on Friday with the start of Event #8: $5,000 8-Game Mixed, the very tournament that Phil Ivey won last year to capture his ninth gold bracelet. This year’s tournament attracted 45 runners – down from 2013’s 91 – though that should go up as registration is open until the start of Day 2.
After 10 one-hour levels of play, just 26 players would make it through the night with Richard Ashby and his chip stack of 79,850 leading the way. Others making it through with big stacks were Bruno Portaro (52,925), Brandon Shack-Harris (51,175), and Dylan Honeyman (49,400).
Ashby, who late registered after Level 4, slowly built his stack throughout the evening, but had an especially good round of Omaha hi-lo in Level 9. After taking two decent pots from Jeff Madsen earlier in the orbit, Ashby opened his button to 1,000 and Rob Campbell defended the big blind.
Ashby continued for 500 on the flop with Campbell check-raising to 1,000. Ashby called, and when Campbell bet 1,000 when the landed on the turn, Ashby raised. Campbell called, and then check-called another 1,000 when the river landed the .
Ashby tabled his for Broadway and Campbell mucked. With that, Ashby saw his stack climb to over 80,000 in chips.
Long before that, 2010 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Frank Kassela became the first elimination of the day. We missed the hand that crippled him, but we do know that he tried to run a bluff in no-limit hold'em against Bruno Portaro, who held two pair.
Not long after, Kassela got his last few chips all in on fourth street in razz against Mike Leah.
Kassela: / /
Leah: / /
"Why do I feel I'm drawing dead?" Kassela said even before fifth was dealt. Kassela was drawing live, but his bad omen came true as Leah made a seven-six low on sixth to leave Kassela drawing dead. With that, Kassela exited in Level 1 and became the day’s first elimination, though he wouldn’t be the last.
Others who fell on Day 1 were Vanessa Rousso, Dylan Hortin, Roland Israelashvili, Jackson Zheng, Rainer Quel, Sam Ngai, and Antonio Esfandairi, who fell in a hand of Omaha hi-lo to recent WSOP APAC bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro. The Australian Poker Hall of Famer would follow Esfandiari out the door a short time later though.
While some big names fell, plenty made it through to Day 2 including Mike Watson (39,875), Brian Rast (32,350), Daniel Negreanu (25,000), Joe Hachem (24,375), Dan Heimiller (15,350), Jonathan Duhamel (14,550), and George Danzer (9,525).
Registration is open up to the start of Day 2, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. local time on Saturday. The field is sure to pick up a few players, and once official numbers are determined we’ll be sure to bring you prize pool and payout information. Until then, goodnight from the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
The tournament staff has just announced the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to the field 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.
Daniel Negreanu limped the button and Jamie Pickering checked his option from the big blind. Both players then checked the , the dealer burned and turned the , and Pickering bet 1,100. Negreanu called and a second ace came on the river when the peeled off. Pickering bet again, this time 1,600, and Negreanu dropped in a call.
Pickering rolled over the for a full house, and it was good as Negreanu flashed the before mucking his cards.
Seven Card Stud
Sam Jessop was all in after fourth street and upon seeing the cards of Graeme Putt, he could only laugh about his fortune as Putt showed a rolled up set. Jessop had a tiny chance with a pair on fifth, but the miracle didn't happen anymore.
Putt: / /
Jessop: / /
Pot Limit Omaha
Mike Watson raised to 500 from the cutoff and George Danzer called on the button, so did Jan Suchanek in the big blind. On the flop, each of the three players committed another 1,000 chips to the pot before the action was checked to Danzer after the on the turn.
The German bet 3,000 and only Watson called to see the as final community card. Both players checked and Danzer tabled for a full house as winning hand.
No Limit Holdem
A short-stacked Dane Coltman moved all in for what looked like 2,800 chips from the button and Dylan Honeyman looked him up from one seat over. Graeme Putt folded out of the big blind.
After the flop, Coltman was actually in the lead but begged the dealer to put a king there and send him to the rail. The on the turn changed nothing but the river gave Honeyman a better pair. Coltman quickly rushed out of the tournament area, but not without a "yeahhh." Guess he had some plans for tonight.
Daniel Negreanu, who was in the middle of talking about Game of Thrones, was under the gun and liked what he saw as he paused his conversation to raise to 1,000. Action folded to Mike Watson in the small blind, and he responded with a three-bet to 1,500. The big blind folded, Negreanu called, and it was heads-up action to the flop.
Negreanu called a bet of 500 from Watson, and then he called one of 1,000 on the turn. Both players proceeded to check the river and their hands were turned up. Watson showed the for aces with an ace-three low, and then Negreanu tabled his for queens and fives. Chop it up.
While Bruno Portaro and Hassan Hanksson were involved in a hand, we noticed that the seat of Jason Gray was empty. Upon asking Oliver Gill, he pointed towards two AU$ 50 notes next to him and then wanted the pen and paper to write down what happened. Hanksson confirmed that he had paid the always talkative Gill to keep the mouth shut for a while and Gill accepted the offer.
Anyways, back to Gray. He opened from under the gun to 1,000 and called the three-bet to 1,500 by Bruno Portaro. On a flop, Gray bet and Portaro called before the finalist of the AU$1,650 Dealer's Choice Event got the remainder of his stack in after a on the turn. Gray had pocket aces and Portaro flopped the straight with . The on the river was a blank and Gray was gone.
Meanwhile one table over, fellow Australian Hall of Famer Jeff Lisandro also ran out of chips and joined the rail.