Live Events 1
$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Days:
123

Highlights

Highlights

$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 1 Completed

Pickering Leads Advancing 19 Players; Late Registration Remains Open

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Jamie Pickering
Jamie Pickering

On Tuesday, 73 players entered the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Event #5 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, and after 10 one-hour levels of play, just 19 of the remained with Jamie Pickering and his stack of 105,900 leading the way. The number of entrants may go up as registration for this event is open until the start of Day 2.

It didn’t take long for the first elimination of the day to occur. In Level 1 (25/50) action exploded on a {3-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop between Edward Hatzakortzian and Sam Higgs that resulted in the former getting his last 10,000 or so in the pot.

Hatzakortzian: {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Higgs: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{q-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Hatzakortzian held two pair, but he admitted he didn't like the situation as Higgs held a queens with overs and a flush draw.

"Straight away," a resigned Hatzakortzian said after the {6-Clubs} turn gave Higgs the flush. Hatzakortzian could still win with either a queen of three, but it wasn't in the cards as the {10-Diamonds} blanked on the river. With that, Hatzakortzian became the first player eliminated from the tournament, though he would be far from the last.

Others who hit the rail on Day 1 were 2014 WSOP Player of the Year contender George Danzer; Jeff Lisandro, who had just won his sixth gold bracelet; reigning Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer; 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth; 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem; and 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, who was playing in his first WSOP APAC event.

Likewise, 2012 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson played his first event upon arriving in Melbourne after some nightmarish travel delays. Merson, who bagged up 63,800, spoke with Senior New Editor Chad Holloway about the delays:

Others who will be returning for Day 2 are Aaron Lim (45,000), Richard Ashby (39,600), Jeff Rossiter (35,200), John Dalessandri (17,400), Billy “The Croc” Argyros (12,300), and Dan Heimiller (5,200).

The remaining 19 players will return to action at 12:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday for Day 2 action, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action from the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. We'll see you then!

Tags: Jamie Pickering

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Jamie Pickering au
Jamie Pickering
au 105,900 15,900
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
ca 102,000 -23,000
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de 96,600 -33,400
Geoffrey Mooney au
Geoffrey Mooney
au 96,200 34,200
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 92,200 -22,800
Richard Johnston au
Richard Johnston
au 77,600 21,600
Jason Gray gb
Jason Gray
gb 75,800 61,800
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 68,800 300
Greg Merson us
Greg Merson
us 63,800
Sam Higgs au
Sam Higgs
au 60,500 4,500
Nathan Pan
Nathan Pan
53,600 37,900
Aaron Lim au
Aaron Lim
au 45,000 15,000
Richard Ashby gb
Richard Ashby
gb 39,600 -25,400
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au 35,200 -9,800
Sam Ngai
Sam Ngai
29,400 -15,600
John Dalessandri au
John Dalessandri
au 17,400 1,400
Karim Jomeen gb
Karim Jomeen
gb 15,600 -8,400
Billy Argyros au
Billy Argyros
au 12,300
Dan Heimiller us
Dan Heimiller
us 5,200 -7,800

Five More Hands

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

The clock has been stopped with 10 minutes left in Level 10 and five more hands will be played before the remaining players bag and tag their chips. Right now this would concern 19 contenders for the golden bracelet here in Melbourne.

Stay tuned for any last-minute action, a list of chips counts, and a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Duhamel Ravages Rast

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Brian Rast
Brian Rast

In a three-bet preflop pot, Brian Rast got his remaining chips all in against Jonathan Duhamel on a {7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop.

Rast: {10-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Duhamel: {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{8-Clubs}

Duhamel was ahead with his top pair, but he improved to a straight on the {J-Hearts} turn. Rast needed a queen to score the double, but it wasn't in the cards as the {5-Hearts} blanked on the river.

"Good luck guys," Rast offered before departing with less than 20 minutes left in Day 1.

Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
ca 125,000 43,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us Busted

Tags: Jonathan DuhamelBrian Rast

Benson Crippled and Out Shortly After

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Gary Benson
Gary Benson

On a flop of {6-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} {4-Clubs}, Gary Benson got into a raising war with Richard Johnston the almost even stacks went into the middle with Johnston at risk for his last 25,100.

Benson: {K-Clubs} {K-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds} {9-Clubs}
Johnston: {A-Spades} {A-Clubs} {8-Spades} {8-Clubs}

Neither the {6-Spades} turn nor the {10-Diamonds} river saved Benson and he was left with only 900 chips. He doubled up against Daniel Negreanu after being forced all in the very next hand, then folded the next four hands and was all in for 1,300 chips from early position.

Aaron Lim made the call out of the small blind with {J-Diamonds} {J-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {9-Clubs} and needed to improve against Benson's {A-Diamonds} {A-Spades} {A-Clubs} {4-Hearts}. The run out of the {J-Spades} {K-Spades} {9-Spades} {9-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} was quite cynical and Benson was denied the back-to-back final tables in Pot Limit Omaha events here at the World Series Of Poker Asia Pacific 2014.

Richard Johnston au
Richard Johnston
au 56,000 42,500
Gary Benson au
Gary Benson
au Busted

Tags: Aaron LimDaniel NegreanuGary BensonRichard Johnston

Negreanu Folds a Full House

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Karim Jomeen raised to 3,000 from under the gun and got called three ways to see the {3-Hearts} {3-Spades} {10-Clubs} flop. The action got checked to the initial raiser and Jomeen continued for 4,200, which Daniel Negreanu called. Ismael Bojang made it 9,000 on the button and Jomeen tank-folded whereas the Canadian tossed in the extra chips.

On the {A-Spades} turn, Negreanu checked and Bojang bet 16,500. The Canadian counted his stack very carefully and eventually folded {A-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds}. He was shown {10-Spades} {Q-Clubs} {Q-Spades} {A-Hearts} and Negreanu said "I thought you had tens for sure, to which he received an "I had the ten blocker" from Bojang.

Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de 130,000 35,000
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 68,500 -8,500

Tags: Daniel NegreanuIsmael Bojang

Bojang Makes The Magician Disappear

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari opened with a raise from the hijack only to have Ismael Bojang three-bet to 10,700 from the button. The blinds both folded, and then Esfandiari shoved for 22,300 more. Bojang sort of rolled his eyes before dropping in a call. He seemed as if he expected Esfandiari to turn over aces, but that wasn't the case.

Bojang: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Esfandiari: {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

Bojang was ahead with kings, but Esfandiari had some connecting cards. Unfortunately for him, the {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop was as dry as could be, and the {3-Diamonds} turn actually left him drawing dead. The meaningless {2-Diamonds} was put out on the river for good measure, and then "The Magician" took his leave from the tournament.

Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de 95,000 55,000
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us Busted

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariIsmael Bojang

Pan Slips Further

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Once again Nathan Pan was involved in a pot and he called a bet of 8,000 on the {6-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds} {7-Clubs} {A-Clubs} turn before checking behind on the {A-Hearts} river. Ashby seemed disappointed as he rolled over {6-Clubs} {6-Spades} {K-Hearts} {8-Hearts} for a full house and scooped the pot. Below are also the up-to-date chip counts of all other players on table 25.

Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 115,000 -5,000
Richard Ashby gb
Richard Ashby
gb 65,000 5,000
Geoffrey Mooney au
Geoffrey Mooney
au 62,000 22,000
Greg Merson us
Greg Merson
us 57,000 -500
Billy Argyros au
Billy Argyros
au 20,000 -4,000
Nathan Pan
Nathan Pan
15,700 -18,300
Dan Heimiller us
Dan Heimiller
us 13,000 -13,500

Tags: Nathan PanRichard Ashby

Pan Can't Hit

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

We noticed a mid-sized pot over on table 25 and Nathan Pan committed 4,400 on the {A-Clubs} {8-Spades} {4-Hearts} {A-Spades} turn only to check the {10-Hearts} river. In the showdown he revealed {K-Clubs} {K-Spades} {2-Spades} {5-Hearts} but his opponent had made a full house with {A-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds} on the last community card.

Nathan Pan
Nathan Pan
34,000 -16,000

Tags: Nathan Pan