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Dan Kelly Tops Day 1a

Dan Kelly
Chip leader Dan Kelly

With the clock ticking just past the 3:00 a.m. mark and the final hand of the eighth level being dealt, Day 1a of the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Event 1: AU$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator has come to an end.

329 players took to the felt today with hopes of building a stack that could see them in a position to mount a charge at capturing a potential AU$1,000,000 prizepool, and with the chips being bagged as we speak, it appears as though roughly 50 players have survived into Day 2.

Dan Kelly is today’s chip leader with an impressive 66,250 in chips after winning a huge pot in the last few minutes. Alex Givotovsky (65,600), Jonathan Duhamel (41,850), Barry Greenstein (41,050) round out the top few counts while the ‘Poker Brat’ himself Phil Hellmuth battled throughout the day to bag 20,650 in chips. Andrew Hinrichsen, Mike Watson and Mike Leah are a few of those also surviving today's flight.

All of the surviving players can now take two days off before returning on Sunday, however the nature of this event allows them to re-enter both Friday and Saturday to accumulate more chips to add to their stack.

The PokerListings Live Reporting Team will be back in the Crown Poker Room tomorrow covering all of the Day 1b action live from 12:00 p.m. local time.

In the meantime check out our first daily video from WSOP APAC:

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Pause the Clock

The clock has been paused and the call for six more hands has been made. Stay tuned to find out who survives the night and who has the most chips!
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Massive Late Hand for Kelly

It is looking likely that Dan “djk123” Kelly will be the chip leader at the end of the night, courtesy of a massive late hand which Kelly recently scooped up.

It all started when a short-stacked player moved all in. Kelly was on the button and opted to flat the all in, at which point Didier Guerin three-bet out of the big blind. Back on Kelly and he shoved for 33,350. Guerin made the call, having Kelly covered by a small amount.

Kelly: K K
Guerin: A Q
Other: T T

It wasn’t great news for Guerin and the all-in player and the news only got worse as a K Q 2 flop hit the felt. The 6 turn and the 9 river changed nothing and with that one player was eliminated, Guerin was left crippled and Kelly had a stack of around well over 70,000.

Interestingly, following the above hand, Guerin was eliminated a short while after, sending the remainder of his chips to none other than Kelly. Guerin’s last hand was an unlucky one, with his 9 9 falling to Kelly’s 8 7 when a J 8 2 T 4 board was spread on the felt. 

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Balsiger Will Have to Try Again

Jake Balsiger
Jake Balsiger
The beauty of an event such as today's accumulator is that if you bust out, you can try again tomorrow and/or the next day. That's the silver lining for Team888 Pro Jake Balsiger anyway, as he was recently eliminated from the tournament. We didn't catch all the action, but we do know that Balsiger ran his A-J into the pocket aces of an opponent. That was all she wrote for Balsiger as he will surely be back in just a few hours for tomorrow's second Day 1 flight.
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Flopped Quads for Leah

Mike Leah found himself all in for his last 6,800 holding a dominated 7 7 against an opponent’s 8 8.

Fortunately for Leah the flop would fall 7 10 7 to give him a virtual lock on the hand, and when the turn and river didn’t fall running eights, Leah returned to his seat with a healthy 14,000 in chips.

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Grigg Clipped

Tom Grigg opened the action under the gun with a raise to 800 only to have an opponent move all in for 4,625. Once the big blind reluctantly mucked his hand, Grigg decided to make the call holding K Q to be in a race against his opponent’s J J.

Both players would see the Q in the window, but when the flopped filled out with the 5 J, Grigg would slip into a huge disadvantage. The A on the turn gave Grigg four additional outs to a straight, but when the K landed on the river, Grigg was left with just 2,500 in chips.

Just a few hands later, Grigg would be sent home just a few orbits shy of closing out the day.

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Brown Falling Late

Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown has just played out a big pot that has seen him left with less than 20 big blinds. We arrived at the hand in question with a J 8 5 Q board already out on the felt and with Brown and one opponent having already built the pot to well over 4,000. Brown was in the hi-jack position and checked to his opponent on the button, who bet 2,150. Back on Brown and he quickly check-raised to 5,500. The player on the button thought long and hard, eventually opting to make the call.

On the A river, Brown once again checked and this time his opponent took his time before moving all in. Brown decided to let his hand go, leaving himself with just 7,000 in chips during this late stage of the night. 

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Drake Dusted

With a raise of 700 in front of him, ANZPT Darwin Champion Jack Drake moved all in from the big blind for his last 9,300.

Drake’s opponent deliberated for close to a minute before making the call with T T to be well ahead of Drake’s 6 4.

The board ran out Q 9 5 J 8 to see Drake make a quick exit to the rail.

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Some of the Big Stacks

There are 68 players remaining. A few of those players have prospered enough to see their stacks rise above the rest. Below is a little look at the current chip leaders in the room and their approximate chip stacks. 

Alek Givotovsky - 50,000
Barry Greenstein - 45,000
Jonathan Duhamel - 44,000
Didier Guerin - 41,000
Dan Kelly - 38,000 

As you can see, some of the most prominent players currently in Australia such as Barry Greenstein and Jonathan Duhamel are doing very well and are looking likely to finish among the chip leaders this evening. 

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Higgs Halted, Birman and Sachinidis Double

Facing a raise to 700 from early position, Sam Higgs moved all in for 6,775 and was met with the lone call from the original raiser.

Higgs: A K
Opponent: T T

With Higgs racing for his tournament life, the 4 4 5 T 6 board would seal his fate and see him sent to the rail.

Simultaneously two players were on the receiving end of a double up. Firstly Paul Birman tossed in his last 1,325 holding A K and was called by the big blind’s 8 5. The T J 4 A Q board would see Birman spike Broadway and double through to roughly 10 big blinds.

Jim Sachinidis also found himself all in holding a dominating J J against an opponent’s A J. The board blanked out and Sachinidis raked in the pot to move to over 7,000 in chips.

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One Team888 Member Down

Team888 Pro Sam Holden has recently found the rail, with his last 20 big blinds going in the middle preflop holding K-J and running into the pocket kings of an opponent. No help came for Holden and the former ‘November Niner’ was sent packing.

Only one Team888 Pro now remains in tonight’s field, with last year’s ‘Octo-Nine’ member Jake Balsiger currently sitting with a stack of 17,000 in chips. 

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Scrubbing up for the WSOP

Crown Casino Poker Room
The Crown Poker Room looking a treat

If you were in Melbourne in January for the Aussie Millions, you would have walked into the Crown Poker Room today and noticed a few things a little different.

Firstly, let’s talk about the carpet. We’ve been reliably informed that there’s a whole science to casino carpets. Some say it’s designed to keep punters focussed on gambling at the tables. Others have quipped that perhaps it’s to mask the aftermath of a drunken Saturday night crowd. Whatever the reasoning, we're sure it fully explains the bold explosions of bright red that are now scattered across the floor as a new addition to the poker room.

Moving up from the carpet, the players will be pleased to enjoy the comforts of new chairs throughout the entire poker room. Gone are the thin, old green-felted chairs, replaced by a new grey chair with red trim that feels as good as it looks. Quality back support and generous cushioning certainly make a difference for those long days on the felt.

And speaking of felt, the new poker felts on the tables shine around the Crown Poker Room. The blue felts look very slick, and with the WSOP APAC logo splashed across the middle, it certainly lets the players know that they are playing on the big stage.

The WSOP certainly know how to hype an event, with the blue theme extended to the pillars and rails throughout the Crown Poker Room. And watching over the top of the tables, splashed on the pillars, is none other than the 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem. Australia's most famous WSOP bracelet winner and a man who is right at home here in the Crown Poker Room, regardless of the colour of the carpet.

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Back for Two

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly

The players are back from their final break of the night and we are now just beginning the business end of Day 1a. 

Time to see who can survive the night. 

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Final Break of the Night

Approximately 80 players have been sent on their final 15-minute break.

Make sure to return soon to find out who survives the final two levels of the night!

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Duhamel Can't Be Stopped

2010 WSOP Main Event victor Jonathan Duhamel is having a field day late her the night’s action. We recently reported on Duhamel sending one opponent, and now the champ has added another two victims to his hit list.

We arrived at the hand in question with a Q 9 7 flop out on the felt and with Duhamel, one other opponent and Michael Kanaan getting all the chips in the middle. Duhamel had both his opponents covered, with all three hands shown below.

Duhamel: 7 4
Kanaan: K K
Other: A T

Duhamel had a pair and a flush draw, but was drawing to a seven or a four, with Kanaan holding pocket kings and the other player having the nut-flush draw. Fortunately for Duhamel, and unfortunately for the other players, a 4 hit the turn to give Duhamel the lead. The 5 on the river changed nothing and with that, Kanaan and the other player involved in the hand made their way to the rail, while Duhamel now has a stack of 45,000. 

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Aussie Millions Champ Rivered and Eliminated

Alex Givotovsky opened under the gun to 525 only to have Sam Holden move all in for 2,975 from the button. With the action on Mervin Chan in the small blind, he moved all in for roughly 7,000 and Givotovsky made the call.

Givotovsky: A K
Holden: A K
Chan: 9 9

With Chan and Holden both at risk, the T 3 5 flop changed little along with the 7 on the turn. However it would be the K on the river sending Chan to the rail while keeping both Holden and Givotovsky in the tournament.

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Aces Cracked for Balsiger

Jim Collopy open-pushed his last 2,200 into the middle and Jacob Balsiger made the call from the button before the big blind moved all in for 7,550. Balsiger instantly made the call and the cards were tabled.

Collopy: 6 6
Big Blind: K K
Balsiger: A A

With Balsiger in great shape to eliminate two players and move his stack to one of the top few, the K T 9 saw Balsiger now at a huge disadvantage – alongside Collopy – to win the hand.

The 2 on the turn changed little, and when the Q completed the board on the river, Balsiger saw his stack slip down to roughly 10,000 in change as Collopy made his way to the rail.

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Duhamel Doing Great

Jonathan Duhamel
2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel not only knows what it takes to win a WSOP Gold Bracelet, he knows what it takes to win the biggest tournament in the world. Of course, we are referring to Duhamel’s victory in the 2010 WSOP Main Event. For that effort Duhamel solidified his name in the record books, oh, and he also won just shy of $9 million. Duhamel is one of the more notable players in tonight’s field and so far it’s been a good night for the champ.

We recently caught Duhamel involved in a big pot with one opponent. By the time we arrived at the table there was a Q 8 5 3 board on the felt and Duhamel was busy leading out for 2,325 into a pot of well over 5,000 in chips. Duhamel’s opponent took his time before making the call, at which point the dealer turned over a A on the river.

The action was yet again on Duhamel to act first and he promptly moved all in for around 5,000 – enough to have his opponent covered. The player was clearly pained by Duhamel’s move, squirming in his chair, and looking towards the tournament clock several times. Eventually the player opted to make the call, which he would immediately regret as he mucked at the sight of Duhamel’s K K. With that, Duhamel has a towering stack of around 25,000 in chips. 

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Wing clipped

Tom Wing has had to contend with a pretty tough table today, with a range of notable players rotating through his table throughout the evening. In the end, Wing wasn’t able to get much going and shoved his short stack with K J, only to run into Chad Awerbuch’s K K.

It was looking pretty bad for Wing, but when the first four cards were dealt 5 5 A 5 he surprisingly found himself with a couple of outs on the river for a chop. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, as the river bricked the 4 to see Wing sent to the rail.

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Balsiger Busts One

Jake Balsiger is no stranger to the World Series of Poker brand, finishing 3rd in the Main Event just last summer. That score netted Balsiger $3,799,073 and we are sure he will be looking to add more success here at the first ever WSOP APAC. He has certainly had a good start tonight.

We recently arrived at Balsiger’s table to find him and one opponent getting all the chips in on a 8 7 K flop. Balsiger held K 8 for two pair, while his opponent had a flush draw with T 3. Balsiger’s opponent was at risk and would quickly find the rail when a 6 and a K completed the board. With that, Balsiger now sits with a stack of around 17,000. 

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Grospellier Gone

Bertrand ElkY Grospellier
Au revior Mr. Grospellier

As Bertrand Grospellier began packing his things before making his way to the rail, our PokerListings reporter headed over to the table to find out what happened.

Bruno Portaro opened the action with a raise holding J-8 and Grospellier moved all in. A third player moved all in also and Portaro made a committed call to be up against two sets of ace-king.

Unfortunately for Grospellier and the other at-risk player, the flop dropped a jack and saw no improvement as Portaro eliminated two players; one of which being Grospellier. However the Frenchman was kind enough to pose for a few photos for some fans that were on the rail.

Recent players finding themselves on the rail recently include Jonathan Karamalikis, Liam O’Rourke and Oliver Speidel.

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Givotovsky Trips Up to Chip Lead

Alek Givotovsky
Chip leader Alek Givotovsky

After exchanging raises preflop to the extent where Alex Givotovsky bumped it to 4,500 and his opponent made the call, the J 7 T flop would eventually go check-check after both players spent considerable time in the tank.

The turn of the 6 saw Givotovsky splash the pot with a bet of 2,975 which his opponent swiftly called as the J completed the board on the river. Givotovsky immediately announced he was all in for a little over 11,500 and his opponent made the call for roughly his final 9,000.

Givotovsky tabled his A J and his opponent shook his head and mucked as Givotovsky was awarded the pot to soar to a chip-leading 37,500.

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Joe Hachem Announces Shuffle Up and Deal (Video)

The first day of the first event of the first ever World Series of Poker Asia Pacific was set in motion this evening by none other than Joe Hachem.

The 2005 world champion of poker joined WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart and Crown Casino's Director of Poker Jim Preston to welcome players and announce shuffle up and deal.

But enough with the words. Check out the video below.


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Halfway Done, Back for More

Late registration has closed as the tournament clocks are telling us that 329 players have entered on the first of three Day 1 flights. We will confirm that number as soon as possible, but for now, it's four more levels before tonight is over. There is currently approximately 140 players remaining.

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Second Break of the Day

Four levels are in the record books and the players have been sent on their second 15-minute break of the day.

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Obst Eliminates Rubianes

As the final few minutes of the level approached, Vincent Rubianes found himself all in holding A K against James Obst’s 9 9.

The dealer fanned a 8 J 6 5 2 to see Rubianes bumped to the rail as Obst chipped up to 9,500 in chips.

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The Dangers of Table 48

Tom Grigg
Watch out for tollgate.

Any table that features Tom "tollgate" Grigg is a danger zone. The young Australian has quite the reputation as a loose-aggressive player, and that’s certainly no different here tonight. Grigg is the kind of player that often either goes home early, or builds a big chip stack. Tonight it is the latter.

Over on Table 48, there is a player just as aggressive as Grigg and recently that got this player into trouble. Apparently this player had been three-betting Grigg almost every time he opened, and recently Grigg got sick of it, four-betting with a meagre 6-4 and then showing his opponent, to quote “tell him to just settle down a little”. That didn’t stop this player though.

When Grigg recently opened with A-Q, his aggressive opponent three-bet, at which point Grigg put in a four-bet. Back on Grigg’s opponent and he quickly bombed his stack in with a five bet.

“Why are we doing this in such a soft field,” said Grigg as he sighed and made the call.

Grigg was relieved when his opponent tabled J-T and by the time the board had ran out with bricks, Grigg scooped up the big pot, sending his opponent home and now sitting behind a stack of over 30,000 in chips. 

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Willcocks Snags Double

Stevan Chew opened for a min-raise to 300 which was called by Tristain Bain and a third player before New Zealander Phillip Willcocks moved all in for 975. Chew folded and Bain moved a stack of purple 500-denomination chips into the pot to push the third player out.

Bain: 9 9
Willcocks: A J

The board ran out J K 5 8 J to ensure Willcocks the double to over 2,700 in chips while leaving Bain with roughly 5,000.

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The Early Crushers

The name Bruno Portaro won't be well known to players outside the shores of Australia, but maybe by the end of the fist WSOP APAC event, that will change. Portaro has had a huge start to the first of three Day 1 flights, managing to accumulate a stack of around 20,000 in chips. That's quite a large amount considering players only started with 3,000 just a few hours ago. 

Portaro has been a staple of the local poker scene for several years, amassing a poker resume that features just shy of $200,000 in live tournament results. Included in these results are several final tables and victories in various tournaments at the Melbourne Poker Championships, the Victorian Poker Championships and on the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour. 

The only player we can currently see with a larger stack in tonight's field is Alek Givotovsky, whom currently has 23,500 in chips. Givotovsky also has quite the poker record, both live and online, where he goes by the screen name "krasark". 

Let's see if either of these players can hold onto the chip lead until the end of the night, or if one of the dozens of contenders knock them off the top of the castle. 

 

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Just Top Full House for Phil

Cameron Bisset opened under the gun to 200 and only Phil Hellmuth came along from the big blind. Bisset continued for 225 on the J 4 4 board with Hellmuth check-calling before both players checked the 8 on the turn.

With the dealer dropping the 8 on the river, Hellmuth tossed in 550 only to be met with a swift fold from Bisset.

“You fold?” asked Hellmuth.

“Well I just had top full house!” he continued as he tabled his J J to collect the pot to move to over 4,000 in chips.

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Grospellier Doubles, Esfandiari Eliminated

Antonio Esfandiari
No big win for Esfandiari today

Jeremy Simon entered the pot with a raise to 200 only to have Bertrand Grospellier move all in for 1,100. Simon made the call to put the Frenchman at risk.

Simon: K J
Grospellier: 6 6

The dealer spread a T 3 3 A T board to give Grospellier the double to 2,350 in chips.

Following a raise to 200 from Phillip Willcocks, Antonio Esfandiari moved all in for his last 350. Willcocks made the call and tabled his A T to be at a disadvantage against Esfandiari’s K K.

Although receiving a small sweat on the turn, the Q 8 4 9 2 board would ensure the reigning Big One for One Drop Champion a double to 850. Unfortunately a few hands later, Esfandiari would be eliminated and forced to re-enter tomorrow.

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Hellmuth Sends Glazier Home

Jackie Glazier
Glazier goes bust

The undisputed champion of the WSOP, Phil Hellmuth, has been very active since he arrived just a short while ago. He’s been so active in fact, that he recently eliminated one of Australia’s most famous poker players in Jackie Glazier.

The final hand of Glazier’s tournament saw the Aussie pro all in preflop, and short stacked, holding A-Q against the pocket sevens of Hellmuth. No help came for Glazier and she was sent to the rail.

Readers will recall that Glazier came oh-so-close to winning a WSOP Gold Bracelet in 2012, finishing runner-up in Event 41: $3,000 No Limit Holdem, for which she collected $458,996. We are certain that Glazier will be around partaking in all the WSOP APAC action over the next two weeks, so tonight won’t be the last we will see of this Team Ivey Pro. 

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Hellmuth Arrives, Wins First Hand

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth arrives at the WSOP APAC

"Table 47?" asked the dealer as a player approached the table.

That player would be none other then Phil Hellmuth as he tossed his seating card onto the felt and sat down in the ten seat.

"I have exactly three thousand!" uttered Hellmuth as the hand was being dealt.

The action folded round to Hellmuth in middle position and he tossed in 300. Everyone swiftly folded and Hellmuth was pushed the pot. He paused, smiled momentarily and then mucked his hand to capture the pot.

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Some of the Stacks

We are currently just a short while into the third level of the day and already the larger chip stacks have started to emerge. It is a couple of the Australians we have noticed with some of the largest stacks in the room as Tom Grigg currently sits behind a stack of 11,200, while fellow Aussie Bruno Portaro has just shy of 10,000. One other player who is also doing well with around 9,500 in chips, and is very familiar with Australia since he relocated here after 'Black Friday', is Dan "djk123" Kelly. While they may not be doing as well as the above players, Aaron Benton (6,100 in chips), Jake Balsiger (6,000), Jason Koon (5,700), Barry Greenstein (5,400) and Australia's own WSOP bracelet winner Andrew Hinrichsen (5,000) are also surviving and thriving. 

Plenty weren't as fortunate as the aforementioned players as they found the rail during the early stages of the first Day 1 flight of Event 1 of the WSOP APAC. These include local poker pros Jeff Lisandro, Brendon Rubie and Michael Guzzardi, along with international stars David Vamplew, Dominik Nitsche and Jesse Sylvia.  

 

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Benton claims a shorty

Aaron Benton continues to accumulate chips here on Day 1a, which seems like a pretty solid strategy in an event that’s called an "Accumulator Event".  We just saw Benton make a preflop call with 5 5 after a short-stacked opponent had moved all in with A Q.

One thing that our International friends need to learn here in Australia is that you should avoid coinflips with Aaron Benton – the guy has never lost a race!  And this was no different as the board was spread K 8 2 7 J.

Benton sends one to the rail and moves up to 7,500 in chips.

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Weisner Sent Packing

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Weisner packs her bags and heads to the rail

The PokerListings live reporting team have just been informed of Melanie Weisner’s elimination.

With a raise to 250 from Tom Grigg from under the gun, three players made the call; with both Paul Birman and Weisner calling from the small and big blind respectively. The flop fell down queen-high with a ten and a rag as Birman led out for 425. Weisner bumped it up to 1,100 before Grigg folded his hand. The final player remaining however made it 5,000 to go to put Birman in the tank before he folded as Weisner called all-in for less.

Weisner tabled her king-jack for an open-ended straight draw to be up against her opponent’s top two pair. Unfortunately for Weisner, she would be sent packing as the turn and river blanked out.

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Deck change costly for Chewing Gum Pete

Peter Matusik has been sent crashing to the rail in the ultimate poker cooler – pocket kings versus pocket aces.  Interestingly a new deck of cards had just been brought to Table 30 when Matusik got his stack in preflop with K K only to run smack-bang into the A A of Jun Chen.

The board was spread 6 T J 3 5 to leave Matusik empty-handed.

“What did you change the deck for?” sighed Matusik.

“But kings is a good hand!” defended the dealer.

“Not when it’s against pocket aces!” chuckled Matusik as he wandered from the poker room. The man they call “Chewing Gum Pete” is a previous ANZPT champion, but he’ll have to try his luck again tomorrow. Meanwhile Chen was left to stack up a very healthy 8,500 in chips.

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Back to Play

The players have had 15 minutes to stretch out their legs, grab a bit to eat and refresh their minds, but now it is time to get back to the tables.

Don’t forget, tonight’s Day 1a action will see eight levels play out before the surviving players head home. That means there are six more levels to go. Who can survive the night and make it through to Day 2? Only time will tell! 

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First Break of the Day

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The tournament floor

Two levels have entered the record books and the players have been sent on their first break of the day.

It will be back to action in 15-minutes time. 

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Greenstein Leads Team Pros

After flopping a straight earlier to regain his chip stack back to where it began, Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstin has seen his stack flourish upwards once again.

Facing his short-stacked opponent who moved all in on a 2 T 4 flop with 9 9, Greenstein made the call holding A A. The turn and river blanked out with the Q and K to see Greenstein collect the pot to move to 6,500.

With multiple online poker sites being represented here in Melbourne, Greenstein is waving the flag for his fellow Team PokerStars Pros with Jonathan Duhamel (3,800), Eugene Katchalov (3,600), Chad Brown (3,300), Celina Lin (3,200), Bryan Huang (2,700) and Bertrand Grospellier (2,525) all hovering around starting stack.

Team Ivey still has a strong contention of their stable arriving in the next few days, but so far Mike Leah (4,700) and Jackie Glazier (1,475) are still hanging in while the 888Poker Pros aren’t fairing as well with both Jesse Slyvia and Russell Thomas already busting while Jacob Balsiger (4,700) and Sam Holden (3,500) remain alive.

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Because one bracelet is never enough

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WSOP bracelet winner Andrew Hinrichsen

There is one young Australian player in the field who has already tasted the sweet, sweet goodness that is WSOP gold and that is Melbourne’s own Andrew Hinrichsen.

After a deep run in the 2011 WSOP Main Event where he finished in 23rd place, Hinrichsen carried that form across to Cannes and the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe.  The event was an €1,000 No Limit Hold'em event which attracted 771 entrants, and in the end it would be Hinrichsen who would outlast them all.  The cash prize of €148,030 was actually less than his WSOP Main Event run a few months earlier, but it was the prestige of the gold that meant the most.  Forever, Hinrichsen would be referred to in our blogs as “WSOP bracelet winner”.

But if there’s one thing better than being a WSOP bracelet winner, it’s being a two-time WSOP bracelet winner.  And Hinrichsen is here in the Crown Poker Room to achieve exactly that.  We recently caught Hinrichsen raking in a pot on a board of 3 Q K 7 4.  Michael Kanaan had bet 225 on the turn with two callers before the players all tapped the table on the river.  Kanaan opened Q J for top pair, but Hinrichsen had that pipped with A Q taking down the pot to climb back to around starting stack.

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Benton taking the opportunity

Australia is a country that has proudly represented at the World Series of Poker dating back several decades.  For years the likes of Billy Argyros, Tino Lechich, Mel Judah, Gary Benson, Sam Khouiss, Martin and Mike Comer, Michael Guttman and Jeff Lisandro were among the Australian poker pioneers who used to head over to the bright lights of Las Vegas each and every year as the original Aussie "bracelet hunters".

Those guys are likely to be among the proudest locals to now see the WSOP debut on Australian soil.

They will also be happy to see the WSOP APAC offer an opportunity for a new brigade of Australian players to compete for WSOP glory.  One of those is Aaron Benton.

Benton is well-know on the Australia circuit.  He's a popular personality who talks the talk and walks the walk.  After all, he is the 2009 APPT Sydney champ and has amassed over $800,000 in live earnings.  But like many other Aussies on today’s field, he longs for the WSOP gold.

Perhaps today is the day for Benton after racing out of the blocks in the early stages of Day 1a of this event.  We recently caught him fire bets of 200 on the turn and 650 on the river on a board of 2 2 8 6 J.  His opponent called it down but Benton tabled a very pretty J J for a full house. Benton is up to 7,000 to more than double his start stack before the first break of the day. 

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Greenstein Called for a String-Bet, Gets the Double Regardless

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The Bear growls

With a raise to 150 from under the gun and a call by the player on the button, Barry Greenstein would look down at a T 8 and make the call from the small blind.

The dealer spread a J 9 Q flop which would be checked by Greenstein before the original raiser continued for 225. The button called, and with the action back on Greenstein he pushed all-in for his last 825 and separated the 225 call amount from his all-in bet.

The dealer however believed that Greenstein had made a string-bet – an action that gets lots of International players in trouble in Australia as only a one-movement motion is allowed when betting.

“I threw it all in at once and then I separated the 225!” stated Greenstein as the dealer remained adamant that it was a string bet. The two active players didn’t seem to mind either way as the first player to act called the additional 625 and the button folded as the dealer continued to shake his head in disapproval.

With Greenstein a virtual lock to double with his opponent tabling his A A, the K on the turn brought a sweat to Greenstein before the 3 on the river saw him pushed the pot to move to 2,375 in chips.

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More Faces Everywhere

The next wave of players have taken their seats here in the middle of the first level with Antonio Esfandiari – poker’s all-time money leader with over $24 million in winnings – taking a seat in the high-limit area of the Crown Poker Room.

Sitting alongside Esfandiari include 2011 Aussie Millions champ David Gorr, along with Phillip Willcocks and Dean Blatt, while Esfandiari’s travelling partner – his father – watched from the rail for a few moments before exiting the tournament area.

Team Ivey pros Mike Leah and Jackie Glazier have also been spotted, while Tom Grigg was overhead saying tro Aleks Brkovic, “they put me on a table with no-one f**king on it!” Grigg however would be eating his words as he was shortly after joined by duel APPT / ANZPT champion Grant Levy, Kahle Burns and recent Aussie Millions 4th-place finisher Jarrod Glennon before the first hand was even dealt.

While there are certainly plenty of big stars of the world-wide poker scene here in Melbourne, such as Esfandiari, it is no surprise that the field is made up primarily of poker players from the Asia-Pacific. This includes players like Billy Jordanou, Ryan Hong, Ashley Warner, Sparrow Cheung, Michael Chrisanthopolous, Bruno Portaro, 2011 ANZPT Adelaide champion Octavian Voegele, 2012 Aussie Millions 3rd-place finisher Mile Krstanoski, 2013 Aussie Millions $2,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo champion Siyu Sha, 2011 EPT San Remo 3rd-place finisher Daniel Neilson, recent ANZPT Perth runner-up Iori Yogo, 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Olvier Speidel and the most recent Aussie Millions champion, Mervin Chan. Also at the tables include plenty of the Asia-Pacific's finest young internet players such as Benn "risk2Dupside" Skender, Akira "Clutch Hero" Ohyama, Tristan "SkunkDen" Bain, Oliver "SwoopAE" Gill, Ricky "rickwaa" Kroesen and Stevan "random_chu" Chew.

The official number of entrants for today's field hasn't been announced yet, but there are well over 250 players already at the tables. With late registration open for the first four levels, that number is sure to grow. Stay tuned!


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Star-studded player field fills Day 1a

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2012 Octo-Niner Jake Balsiger.

The PokerListings live reporting team have taken a stroll around the Crown Poker Room and saying that it’s packed with poker players is an understatement!

Players from all stretches of the world have made the trip down to compete in not only the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific but also its first event. 2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel leads an International contingent that features fellow WSOP bracelet holders Eugene Katchalov, Dominik Nitsche, Dan Kelly, Andrew Hinrichsen, Gary Benson, Barry Greenstein and five-time bracelet winner Jeffrey Lisandro.

Rupert Elder – who won a similar opening event at the recent Aussie Millions –  is also in the field alongside David Vamplew, Chad Brown, Mike Watson, Jason Koon, Sam Holden, Jesse Sylvia, Melanie Weisner and Marvin Rettenmaier.

However it is the Australian and Asia-Pacific players that are throwing their weight round the most as the likes of tournament regulars Grant Levy, Aaron Benton, Jonathan Karamalikis, Michael Guzzardi, Brendon Rubie, Sam Khouiss, Gary Benson, James Obst, Michael Guttman, Michael Kanaan, Ben Richardson, Phillip Willcocks, Ivan Tan, Celina Lin, Bryan Huang and David Gorr being just a handful of those in today’s flight (so far).

With registration open for the first four levels of play, this list is expected to swell immensely as late arrivals take their seats and players that we haven’t yet spotted appear on our radar.

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Let the Cards Fly

The Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia is buzzing with excitement as the Executive Director of the World Series of Poker Ty Stewart has told the room of the historic nature of the WSOP’s first venture into the Asia-Pacific region. Stewart then handed the microphone to local hero Joe Hachem and he told the dealers to shuffle up and deal!

The tables are full to the brim, with the action on the first of three Day 1 flights set to last eight one-hour levels - That will have the surviving players out the door at around 3.00 a.m. local time. All the players begin with 3,000 in chips and the first blind level is 25-25.

We have already spotted some very familiar poker players from all around the world in tonight's field, so let’s go see exactly who is in the room!

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Welcome to the Inaugural 2013 WSOP APAC

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Thanks for joining us for our official live coverage of the first World Series of Poker ever held in Australia. 

For 12 straight days we’ll be bringing you up-to-the-minute updates from the tournament floor of the Crown Casino in Melbourne -- the exclusive home of the 2013 WSOP APAC. 

Today’s event – the $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator – is one hell of a way to get the party started.

Similar to a re-entry tournament, players will be able to buy into all three starting days of the event. The difference is that if a player finishes with chips on Day 1a, they’re allowed to enter again on Day 1b.

In fact players will be allowed to combine stacks from all three starting days on Day 2. Expect heavyweights like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth to play all three starting days to increase their chances of winning a bracelet.

It’s the first time the WSOP has ever run an Accumulator event and it’s sure to be a compelling tournament.

We’re a couple hours away from getting started but check back on this page for rapid-fire live updates.

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WSOP Asia Pacific Live Coverage Starts April 4

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This April we'll see the first WSOP bracelet ever awarded in Oz.

Starting April 4th PokerListings.com will be providing full live coverage of all five gold bracelet events at the first-ever WSOP Asia Pacific.

We'll also be bringing you up-to-the-minute updates from the $50,000 High Roller event and the Caesars Cup.

The World Series of Poker will be playing out in Melbourne for almost two weeks with the biggest players in the game taking on an army of local Australians hungry for WSOP gold.

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Tune in to PokerListings.com to follow big-name players like Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu, as well as celebrities, sports stars and amateurs who hit it big at the Crown Casino.

PokerListings.com will be on location from April 4-15 with news, videos, live updates and chip counts from WSOP APAC 2013.

Follow PokerListings on Twitter for WSOP APAC Updates

In addition to the comprehensive live updates and chip counts you'll be able to find here in the live coverage section, you can also follow us on Twitter for real-time behind-the-scenes updates from the tournament floor.

We'll be tweeting photos, links and updates for the duration of the series.

Check PokerListings Video for Highlights and Interviews

If you're one of those new-media types who would rather watch something than read it, we've got you covered.

Every day of the WSOP Asia Pacific we'll be posting videos and since we'll have unfettered access to the action, we're taking a "Show, Don't Tell" approach.

Wherever you might be in the world you can get a front-row seat to everything that's happening by checking out the videos on our WSOP APAC page.

To give you an idea what we're capable of, check out the latest episode of our short documentary series Easy Game.


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Event Name Event 1 - $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Acc.
Venue Crown Casino, Melbourne
Date 04/04/2013
Final Day 08/04/2013
Buy In AU$1,100.00
Entrants 1085
Prize Pool AU$1,085,000.00
First Prize AU$211,575.00
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/25
Level 2 0 25/50
Level 3 0 50/100
Level 4 0 75/150
Level 5 0 100/200
Level 6 25 100/200
Level 7 25 150/300
Level 8 50 200/400
Level 9 75 300/600
Level 10 100 400/800
Level 11 100 500/1000
Level 12 200 600/1200
Level 13 200 800/1600
Level 14 300 1000/2000
Level 15 400 1200/2400
Level 16 500 1500/3000
Level 17 500 2000/4000
Level 18 500 3000/6000
Level 19 1000 4000/8000
Level 20 1000 5000/10000
Level 21 2000 6000/12000
Level 22 2000 8000/16000
Level 23 3000 10000/20000
Level 24 4000 12000/24000
Level 25 5000 15000/30000
Level 26 5000 20000/40000
Level 27 5000 25000/50000
Level 28 10000 30000/60000
Level 29 10000 40000/80000
Bryan Piccioli

Bryan Piccioli
wins
AU$211,575.00

Event 1 - $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Acc.

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Bryan Piccioli AU$211,575.00
2. Jonathan Karamalikis AU$130,743.00
3. Junzhong Loo AU$96,305.00
4. Jonathan Duhamel AU$71,870.00
5. Jeremy Ausmus AU$54,337.00
6. Graeme Putt AU$41,610.00
7. Iori Yogo AU$32,268.00
8. Peter Kleudgen AU$25,335.00
9. Ryan Otto AU$20,138.00
10. Ash Gupta AU$16,199.00