Negreanu, Spindler Lead WSOP APAC Main Event Final Table

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu will have a shot at his fifth gold bracelet at the 2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific final table.

Negreanu will enter the final table second in chips with $2.4 million. 

It’s the second final table that Negreanu has made at this year’s WSOP APAC as he finished fourth in the $2,200 Mixed Tournament.

Spindler, Thomas and Yu Join

Negreanu will face an eclectic group of players including former EPT London champ Benny Spindler and October Niner Russell Thomas.

Spindler will enter the final table as the chip leader with 2.9 million while Thomas will bring 490,000.

The rest of the final table is comprised primarily of Australians with Daniel Marton, George Tsatsis, Kahle Burns and Mikel Habb.

Benny Spindler
Chip leader Benny Spindler.

Hong Kong’s Winfred Yu, a major player in the high-stakes Macau games, will also make an appearance at the final table, although he will be playing from the short stack.

The final eight players will be competing for a first-place prize of (AUD) $1.03 million tomorrow thanks to the original 405 entrants who paid $10,000 to play.

Here are the chip counts to start the final table:

  • 1. Benny Spindler - 2,931,000
  • 2. Daniel Negreanu - 2,437,000
  • 3. George Tsatsis - 2,321,000
  • 4. Daniel Marton - 2,160,000
  • 5. Kayle Burns - 905,000
  • 6. Mikel Habb - 551,000
  • 7. Russell Thomas - 490,000
  • 8. Winfred Yu - 367,000

Tune in to watch the final table live stream at midnight ET tonight right here!

Esfandiari Narrowly Misses Out on Final Table 

Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari appeared primed for yet another WSOP final table appearance but finished in ninth place thanks to a heart-breaking coin-flip.

In the final hand of play on Day 4, Esfandiari three-bet all-in with ace-king. Benny Spindler snap-called with pocket queens.

Esfandiari got no help from the board and ended up bubbling the final table. On the bright side he adds $65,408 to the $24.04 million he’s already accumulated playing tournament poker (of course that includes the $18 million score from One Drop).

The entire play down from 18 players to eight took less than six hours. The restart had to be delayed from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accommodate Negreanu and Esfandiari who played in the televised Caesars Cup tournament.

The final table of the inaugural WSOP APAC Main Event will kickoff at midnight ET on Sunday. Watch the final table live stream tonight right here!

PokerListings has teamed with PokerAsiaPacific to provide official live coverage of the entire 2013 WSOP APAC. You’ll be able to follow up-to-the-minute live updates here.

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