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WSOP APAC Event 1 Final Table is Set

Bryan Piccioli
Bryan Piccioli leads the way

Extending our day a little longer than planned to reach our final nine seemed like a good idea at the time, but it was hard work to break a tight, tense final ten. On the stroke of 2am local time, after 14 hours in the trenches, we finally have an official WSOP APAC final table of nine. They’ll enjoy some rest before returning tomorrow to battle it out for the first ever WSOP bracelet on Australian soil.

There’s one last hope for the Aussies with young gun Jonathan Karamalikis enjoying another strong day on the felt to survive to the final stage.  It’s a diverse mix for the final table with a couple of Kiwis, a taste of Asia, a German, a couple of Americans and a French-Canadian who has amassed over $11 million in live tournament earnings.

Jonathan Duhamel is undoubtedly the headline act of this final table, as he looks to add to the WSOP Main Event bracelet he won back in 2010.  But he won’t have it easy against a stacked final table line up with online sensation Bryan Piccioli leading the way:

Seat 1: Peter Kleudgen – 137,000
Seat 2: Iori Yogo – 138,000
Seat 3: Junzhong Loo – 525,000
Seat 4: Jonathan Duhamel  - 537,000
Seat 5: Jeremy Ausmus – 447,000
Seat 6: Ryan Otto – 181,000
Seat 7: Bryan Piccioli – 790,000
Seat 8: Graeme Putt – 216,000
Seat 9: Jonathan Karamalikis – 296,000

Join us from 2pm Australian Eastern Time as we bring you all the live updates, including a live video webcast, from the first ever WSOP APAC final table.

Footy and Life Beyond the Felt with Esfandiari, Merson, Holden

In today's daily WSOP APAC highlight show we join a group of poker pros including Antonio Esfandiari, world champ Greg Merson and 888poker's Sam Holden at one of the biggest sporting events in Australia.

At the AFL Aussie Rules footy match between rivals Collingwood and Carlton we find out what the life of a poker pro is like beyond the felt.

All successful pros are passionate about poker but they also understand that life is about a lot more than just the grind. Let three experienced players tell you what goes down on the road away from the casino.


Level
20
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
9
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Gupta busts on FT bubble

Ash Gupta
Ash Gupta misses the FT

It took a little longer than we thought, but we’ve finally reached our official WSOP APAC final table. The locals are a man down tomorrow after Ash Gupta became our final table bubble boy.

Bryan Piccioli opened to 20,000 from the cutoff before Gupta moved all in for around 160,000.  Piccioli shrugged and called and the cards were on their backs:

Gupta: A K
Piccioli: 6 6

The race went firmly the way of the American as the board was spread 7 7 5 6 8, giving Piccioli an unbeatable full house on the turn.  Gupta departs in 10th place as our final table is now set!

Level
20
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
9
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No rest for the wicked

So there were some rumblings from the players who were keen to play on to try and reach the final nine rather than call it quits at the end of the level.  Jack Effel put the decision back to the players and despite some recent double ups to the short stacks, and Graeme Putt looking like his latest glass of red wine would put him to sleep, the general consensus was that they were keen to play on (media were not consulted in this decision).

With that, let’s kick up the blinds and get some coffee to media row.

Level
20
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Average Stack
325,500
Players Left
10
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Gupta Doubles Through Piccioli

Bryan Piccioli opened to 16,000 and Ash Gupta shoved for his last 71,000. Piccioli made the crying call and tabled his 9 8 to be trailing Gupta’s A 8.

The board ran out A T 5 9 3 to see Gupta double through to over 150,000.

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Average Stack
325,500
Players Left
10
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Otto Survives Sweat

Jeremy Ausmus opened the button to 16,000 and Ryan Otto three-bet shoved for his last 73,000. Ausmus quickly made the call and the cards were placed on their back.

Ausmus: K Q
Otto: A 7

The 9 3 4 flop gave Ausmus additional outs to a flush, but when the 9 and T completed the board on the turn and river it would be Otto doubling up to nearly 160,000 in chips.

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Average Stack
325,500
Players Left
10
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Late night crawl

EVENTFT
A desk's-eye-view of the unofficial final table

The unofficial final table is a bit tight.

With 10 people crammed into one table, players don't have as much space as they've gotten accustomed to these last few hours.

Play is also tight.

We have yet to see a single showdown and there have only been a few all-ins with no calls. 

Jonathan Duhamel and Bryan Piccioli got the closest to a showdown though, they made it to the turn and bet the whole way.

Piccioli raised to 16,000 from early position and Duhamel called from the big blind. The flop came 9 10 10 and Duhamel checked to Mr. Piccioli. Mr. Piccioli placed four T5,000 chips past the betting line and Duhamel called the 20,000 bet.

A 3 fell on the turn and Duhamel checked again. Mr. Piccioli bet 36,000 and Duhamel grabbed a a pile worth more than 100,000 chips and Mr. Piccioli folded before Duhamel put his bet down.

Mr. Piccioli is at about 620,000 while Duhamel is close to 400,000.

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Average Stack
325,500
Players Left
10
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Unofficial Final Table

With that last elimination of Alex Givotovsky, we are now down to the unofficial final table of ten. Once we lose one more, play will end for the night and those nine will be set to recommence on Monday afternoon at the live-streamed final table.

Unofficial Final Table
Seat 1: Peter Kleudgen
Seat 2: Iori Yogo
Seat 3: Junzhong Loo
Seat 4: Jonathan Duhamel
Seat 5: Jeremy Ausmus
Seat 6: Ryan Otto
Seat 7: Bryan Piccioli
Seat 8: Graeme Putt
Seat 9: Ash Gupta
Seat 10: Jonathan Karamalikis

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Players Left
10
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Givotovsky Goes in 11th

Alek Givotovsky
Alek Givotovsky eliminated in 11th place

Catching the action on the turn with the board reading 9 7 3 8 we found Bryan Piccioli leading out with a bet only to have Alek Givotovsky shoving all in.

Piccioli instantly made the call tabling his 9 7 to be in the lead against Givotovsky’s K K.

Unfortunately for Givotovsky, the river would fall the 7 to see him eliminated in 11th place as the final ten players re-drew for the unofficial final table.

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Players Left
10
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888poker VIP Player Party (Video)

PokerListings.com is partnering with 888poker to bring you all the action from the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific in Melbourne and it wouldn't be a true poker event without a sick VIP player party.

888poker pulled out all the stops for their players in the brand-new "West End" section of the Crown Casino.

Check out the video to see what went down.


Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Players Left
11
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Kill Gill

Oliver Gill
The chatty, friendly Oliver Gill

Oliver Gill came back from the final break and played two hands.  

Not much happened the first hand, he was eliminated the second one.  

"I bet 100,000," said Gill, pushing his stack forward when action was folded to him.

"Is that all-in?" Duhamel asked.

Gill confirmed that it was and Duhamel called. The dealer counted out Gill's stack and it actually turned out to be 99,000.

"I forgot about the ante," Gill laughed. Gill turned over 7 7 and Duhamel tabled A 3.

"Come on, hold," Gill stood up and hoped for the best.

The flop came J A 6 and the best didn't come. Well, not for Gill. The turn was a 2 and river was a 5.

Gill was eliminated in 12th place and earned $16,199.

This hand pushed the former world champ past 300,000 and one step closer to another WSOP final table, something he hasn't done since his Main Event win back in 2010. 

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Average Stack
295,910
Players Left
11
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Play resumes

Our final dozen players are now back in action, and just three eliminations from the elusive WSOP APAC final table.

It's been a long day already for these players, but the next hour could be the difference between poker mediocrity and the path to immortality.

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Average Stack
271,250
Players Left
12
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Final Break for the Day

The remaining 12 players are heading on the final 15-minute break of the evening.

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
12
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Saout Rivered Then Eliminated

Antoine Saout
Antoine Saout eliminated in 13th place

Bryan Piccioli opened the cutoff with a raise to 13,500 only to have Alex Givotovsky three-bet the button to 30,000. With the action on Antoine Saout in the small blind, he pushed out a stack amounting to 75,500 only to have Piccioli move all in for 226,500. Givotovsky folded, but Saout made the call.

Piccioli: T T
Saout: J J

With Saout in commanding shape to move to roughly 500,000 in chips, the 6 3 A 3 T board would see Piccioii strike a two-outer on the river to double through to 490,000 while Saout was left crippled on just 25,000 in chips.

Unfortunately for Saout, he would be eliminated the next hand.

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
12
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Soldier on to final table

An interesting development has just unfolded here in regards to the end of the day’s play this evening. We were originally scheduled to play ten levels and stop, as per the WSOP’s hard-stop rule of a maximum of ten levels. Previously at the WSOP in Las Vegas, this rule appeared to be strictly enforced, but today Jack Effel and his staff have decided to allow some flexibility.

Instead of stopping in about 10 minutes and coming back tomorrow with 13 players, we’re going to play one more level in the hope of reaching the final nine.

The logistics of the live streaming for the final table tomorrow means that if we come back with more than one table, we’ll have to play downstairs in the poker room for three/four more eliminations before then moving everyone upstairs to the final table studio.

It seems sensible to continue playing this evening to avoid that disruption tomorrow.  But what happens if we still haven’t reached the final table after another hour?  And what happened to the strict hard-stop rule? There is a footnote on the structure sheet that the TD reserves the right to adjust the playing time as required in order to complete the tournament as scheduled, so we assume this right has now been taken and we’ll be here for another hour!

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
13
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Putt Doubles through Duhamel

Following a raise from Jonathan Duhamel, Graeme Putt three-bet from the small blind only to have Duhamel move all in. Putt instantly made the call for his final 110,500 in chips and the cards were tabled.

Duhamel: A K
Putt: K K

The board ran out 9 9 3 5 Q to see Putt double to 230,000 as Duhamel slipped to 220,000 in chips.

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
13
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Laidlaw runs into a monster

Daniel Laidlaw
Daniel Laidlaw narrowly misses another final table

Daniel Laidlaw came oh so close to the Aussie Millions Main Event final table in January when he fell in 12th place. Sadly, he’s now also fallen just short of a WSOP APAC final table.

Following a raise, Laidlaw moved in preflop with 7 7 but ran smack bang into the A A of Jay Loo in the big blind. The board was spread T 9 T 4 5 to see Laidlaw out in 14th place after a fine tournament.

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
13
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Putt to 14

Kale Halstead
Kale Halstead

They come in spurts. The first half of two-tabled play was fairly slow.

There were lots of minraises and almost just as many folds. Now, players have been dropping fairly quickly and we're down to 14. 

Gerame Putt raised to 15,500 and Kale Halstead moved all-in for about 27,000. Putt called and we had another showdown.

Putt: A 10

Halstead: A K

Halstead had Putt dominated but the 3 T Q flop quickly changed that. The turn was a 9 and the 7 came on the river.

Halstead earned $13,183 for finishing 15th. 

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
14
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Houshiar's Queens Cracked by Ausmus

Homan Houshiar
Homan Houshiar eliminated in 16th place

Homan Houshiar pushed all in for his last 26,500 and Jeremy Ausmus made the call.

Houshiar: Q Q
Ausmus: A 4

Unfortunately for Houshiar the board ran out A 8 K 6 A to end his run in 16th place.

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
15
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A Shim-less tournament

Chin Shim
Brandon Shim

The natural order of poker has balanced the tables.

Shortly after Frank McColgan finished in 18th, we had another bustout at the other table. 

Jonathan Karamalikis raised to 12,000 from the hijack and action folded to Brandon Shim in the big blind. Shim was shortstacked with only about 41,000 and moved all-in.

Karamalikis called and found himself dominated.

Karamalikis: A J

Shim: A Q

The K A 8 5 board seemed to be falling in Shim's favor until the river brought a J and a gasp from the rail. 

Karamalikis hit two-pair and eliminated Shim in 17th place. Shim earned AU$10,861 for his finish and Karamalikis is nearly at 400,000.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Average Stack
203,438
Players Left
16
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Mccolgan falls to the ladies

Frank McColgan
Frank Mccolgan eliminated in 18th place

Frank Mccolgan was down to his last 45,000 which he moved all in from under the gun.  Action passed to Alek Givotovsky who thought briefly before making the call.  The rest of the table scampered and Mccolgan saw the bad news:

Mccolgan: Q 7
Givotovsky: Q Q

Not a great spot for Mccolgan and there was no miracle as the board ran out T 8 2 K 5.  Mccolgan takes 18th place as Givotovsky recovers some chips to get back to close to 200,000.

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
17
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Final Level of the Night

The blinds have now gone up, and with it brings the final level of the night.

If the final nine isn’t reached in the next 60 minutes, play will be paused for the day with the remaining players returning tomorrow to battle down to the final nine before moving upstairs into the studio where a live stream will commence.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
18
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Loo Takes Some from Karamalikis

The action folded to Junzhong Loo in the small blind and he limped in only to have Jonathan Karamalikis make it an additional 4,000 to go.

Loo made the call before checking the J 2 5 flop. Karamalikis fired out a continuation-bet of 6,500 which Loo called before the dealer put the A on the turn.

Again Loo checked and Karamalikis took the lead yet again; this time pushing out 17,500. Loo responded on this occasion with a check-raise to 37,000 which forced a fold from Karamalikis.

As Loo was pushed the pot, he moved to 250,000 while Karamalikis slipped to 290,000 in chips.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
18
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Yogo jacks Givotovsky

After motoring along for most of the day we’ve hit a bit of a roadblock with 18 players remaining. Everyone can smell the WSOP APAC final table just around the corner. We were close to losing Iori Yogo but a fortunate river card has kept him alive at the expense of Alek Givotovsky.

Yogo opened to 11,000 from the cutoff before Givotovsky three-bet to 30,500 from the big blind. Yogo announced himself all in and Givotovsky snapped it off!

Yogo: J J
Givotovsky: K K

It looked like Yogo was headed to the rail but the rail “oohed” when the board fell 2 6 8 8 J. An unhappy Givotovky paid the 140,000 to his opponent, leaving himself with just 130,000 behind as Yogo climbs to 300,000.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
18
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Final 18 Re-Draw

Feature Table:
Seat 1: Chin Shim
Seat 2: Jonathan Duhamel
Seat 3: Ash Gupta
Seat 4: Daniel Laidlaw
Seat 5: Junzhong Loo
Seat 6: Jonathan Karamalikis
Seat 7: Graeme Putt
Seat 8: Oliver Gill
Seat 9: Kale Halstead

Secondary Table:
Seat 1: Ryan Otto
Seat 2: Homan Houshiar
Seat 3: Jeremy Ausmus
Seat 4: Iori Yogo
Seat 5: Peter Kleudgen
Seat 6: Frank McColgan
Seat 7: Bryan Piccioli
Seat 8: Alek Givotovsky
Seat 9: Antoine Saout

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
18
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Down to 18

Jeremy Ausmus
Our new chipleader, Jeremy Ausmus

Jeremy Ausmus has brought the tournament down to the final two tables.

Ausmus raised from the button and Norman Shill and Jonathan Karamailikis called from the blinds. The flop came 6 K 10 and the blinds checked to Ausmus, who bet 13,500.

Shill moved all-in and Karamailikis folded.

Ausmus took a while to call. Seconds turned to minutes and Ausmus went from sitting to kneeling on his chair. Players looked to be about even in chips and if the call didn't put Ausmus at risk, it would be for most of his chips.

After nearly five minutes Ausmus called and turned over K Q.

Shill turned over K J.

"Good call," said a table mate.

The turn was a 7 and a 6 came on the river. The floor took apart the players stacks and counted them out. Ausmus went first: 200,500. Then came Shill's stack: 199,500.

Shill was out in 19th place and earned AU$9,049. 

The floor is now redrawing for the final two tables. 

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Average Stack
180,834
Players Left
18
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Houshiar recovers

Homan Houshiar had blinded down to virtually the felt, but back-to-back pots has seen him get back to a workable ten-big-blind stack.

Houshiar more than tripled up when all in preflop with J 7 which spiked the only pair against both blinds who checked it down, but moments later his A Q collected a nice double against Brandon Shim’s A J when the board ran out 3 6 T 9 K.

Houshiar is now back up to 40,000 and in contention once again.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
19
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Hellmuth's 14th Delayed

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth eliminated in 20th place

Junzhong Loo opened the button to 8,000 only to have Phil Hellmuth pause for a few moments before committing his final 10,000 from the big blind. Loo made the call and the cards were placed on their backs.

Loo: A Q
Hellmuth: 6 2

“We playing lowball?” asked Hellmuth.

The dealer fanned out a K 3 T K Q board to end Hellmuth’s dreams of collecting bracelet 14 … for now! With that pot, Loo has moved up to 210,000 in chips.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
19
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Hellmuth under fire

The fire rises.

And so does Hellmuth's temper.

After losing a few hands to Bryan Piccioli, Hellmuth lost a big pot against Junzhong Loo.

The players were faced with a K 8 A flop and Hellmuth checked from the big blind. Loo bet 6,500 and Hellmuth raised to 15,000, Loo called.

The 6 came on the turn and Hellmuth checked again. Loo cautiously checked behind, bringing an A on the river.

Hellmuth checked again and Loo bet 8,000. This time Hellmuth called and Loo showed K 2.

Hellmuth threw his hand in the muck and stood up to start pacing. He used a few expletives followed by "king-deuce."

"Value bets with king-deuce," said Hellmuth. "Probably the worst value bet I've seen all tournament."

Hellmuth is now down to about 10,000.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Average Stack
162,750
Players Left
20
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Hellmuth on the edge

Phil Hellmuth is about to pop. Something is about to give. It’s either going to be the end of the road for the 13-time champ, or it’s going to be a double up, followed by a verbal barrage of the highest order.

Hellmuth is fuming after having some trouble with Bryan Piccioli. The phrase “young kids speeding” was overheard after Hellmuth was forced to fold twice in two hands to the online phenom.

The first saw Hellmuth open with a raise to 8,000 and Piccioli defend his big blind. The flop of 8 7 7 was checked before Hellmuth tossed out a tiny 6,000 on the Q turn. Piccioli responded with a check-raise to 19,500 which was quickly matched. The river brought the 6 and Piccioli moved all in.  Hellmuth had 55,000 behind and after a few minutes of inaudible ranting he let it go.

Next hand Hellmuth opened to 9,000 and Piccioli three-bet to 25,000. Hellmuth gave it up and continued to mutter to no one in particular.  Something about “miracle to even get this far”, and “having the heart and spirit” were snippets of the verbal gold that we were witness to.  Hellmuth is down to 45,000 in chips and the rail is three-deep around this table and awaiting the impending eruption.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
20
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Ausmus Eliminates Sharp in 21st

The action folded round to Kevin Sharp in the small blind and he moved all in for roughly 50,000. Jeremy Ausmus quickly made the call from the big blind to put Sharp at risk.

Sharp: A Q
Ausmus: 9 9

The dealer spread a 2 K 8 5 J board to see Sharp eliminated in 21st place as Ausmus moved to 175,000 in chips.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
20
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One more time

It's been 15 minutes since players went on their 15-minute break. That means a lot of things, one of them is that play is underway again.

It was the final break of the day and there are two more levels of play scheduled. There's a way to finish earlier though, if we reach a final table first, players will have a chance to rest up before they battle for a bracelet tomorrow.

Level
17
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Average Stack
155,000
Players Left
21
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A bust and a break

Day 2
The table is slightly emptier during break

Dean Blatt was down to a bout 25,000 and moved all-in from the button. 

The small blind folded and Graeme Putt called from the big blind. Putt tabled A J while Blatt turned over J 10.

The 8 Q 6 gave Blatt hopes for a straight, but the turn brought a 7 and the river was a 2, eliminating Blatt.

We're now down to 21 players and Blatt will earn $7,628. The remaining 21 players are guaranteed AU$9,049 and will be hoping for more when they come back from there 15-minute break.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Average Stack
155,000
Players Left
21
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Kotsiris runs into the rockets

When action folded around to Peter Kotsiris in the cutoff, he made a move at the pot with A 7 for around 50,000 chips. It seemed like a good idea until Peter Kleudgen woke up with A A on the button and made the insta-call.

Kotsiris was already up on his feet, resigned to defeat before the board was spread Q Q 7 T 5. Kotsiris heads to the cashier in 23rd place as Kleudgen is now up to a commanding 280,000 chips.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
22
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Haibo Halted

Haibu Chu
Haibo Chu eliminated in 24th place

Haibo Chu pushed what remained of his short stack into the middle and Jonathan Duhamel looked him up from the button.

Chu: T T
Duhamel: A J

The board ran out K 6 J 5 2 to see Chu bounced out in 24th place as Duhamel moved to 300,000 in chips.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
23
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Robinson railed as Halstead finds hope

We’ve lost Kasey Robinson in a rather crazy three-way pot that also involved Antoine Saout and the even shorter-stacked Kale Halstead.

The action was recalled to us as Halstead being all in preflop holding A 8 with both opponents calling to see a flop of 5 T 8.

That flop was good enough for Robinson to move all in to try and isolate the shorty holding Q T for top pair but it backfired when Saout called with A A!

Saout was looking good to eliminate two players but incredibly the 8 arrived on the turn to give Halstead trips for the lead in the main pot.  The river was the 5 and Halstead tripled up, Saout collected a healthy side pot as Robinson was the one sent to the rail in 25th place. Saout is up to 200,000.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
24
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Down to 25

We’ve lost Kasey Robinson in a rather crazy three-way pot that also involved Antoine Saout and the even shorter-stacked Kale Halstead.

The action was recalled to us as Halstead being all in preflop holding A 8 with both opponents calling to see a flop of 5 T 8.

That flop was good enough for Robinson to move all in to try and isolate the shorty holding Q T for top pair but it backfired when Saout called with A A!

Saout was looking good to eliminate two players but incredibly the 8 arrived on the turn to give Halstead trips for the lead in the main pot.  The river was the 5 and Halstead tripled up, Saout collected a healthy side pot as Robinson was the one sent to the rail in 25th place. Saout is up to 200,000.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Average Stack
130,200
Players Left
25
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Final 27 Re-Draw

Feature Table
Seat 1: Alek Givotovsky
Seat 2: Kevin Sharp
Seat 3: Jeremy Ausmus
Seat 4: Norman Shill
Seat 5: Jonathan Karamalikis
Seat 6: Chin Shim
Seat 7: Frank McColgan
Seat 8: Peter Kotsiris
Seat 9: Peter Kleudgen

Table 29
Seat 1: Iori Yogo
Seat 2: Dean Blatt
Seat 3: Junzhong Loo
Seat 4: Oliver Gill
Seat 5: Graeme Putt
Seat 6: Kasey Robertson
Seat 7: Kale Halstead
Seat 8: Antoine Saout
Seat 9: Homan Houshiar

Table 32
Seat 1: Ash Gupta
Seat 2: Jonathan Duhamel
Seat 3: Simon Moshi
Seat 4: Bryan Piccioli
Seat 5: Luke Spano
Seat 6: Haibo Chu
Seat 7: Daniel Laidlaw
Seat 8: Phil Hellmuth
Seat 9: Ryan Otto

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
27
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Short Break

The clock has been paused for a few minutes as the final 27 players redraw across three new tables.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
27
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Kelly KO'd, Picciola Doubles

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly eliminated in 28th place

Dean Blatt opened the action with a min-raise to 6,000 and Byran Piccioli made the call next to act before Dan Kelly moved all in for 8,000. Both Blatt and Piccioli made the call to see a K 8 5 flop fall.

Blatt check-called a 10,000-chip bet from Piccioli before the T landed on the turn and Blatt again checked. Piccioli bet out 23,000 and Blatt made the call as the A completed the board on the river.

Blatt moved all in and Piccioli quickly called for his last 79,000 and tabled his 8 8 while Blatt tabled his losing A K to be crippled to just 17,000. Kelly sheepishly rolled over the Q but then mucked his final hand to be eliminated in 28th place.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
27
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Kelly on life support

Australia’s Oliver Gill has just taken a massive chunk out of Dan Kelly to leave the online superstar crippled.

It started with a raise to 6,500 from Gill in the cutoff.  Kelly called on the button and the two took a flop of 5 4 J.  Gill led out with a continuation bet worth 7,000 and Kelly called as the 5 repeated on the turn. Gill checked and Kelly bet 16,000.  Gill responded with a check-raise to 33,500 to put Kelly to a decision.  He thought for a few moments before making the call as the A fell on the river.

Gill instantly declared himself all in for 44,000 and pulled his hoodie tight around his head.  Kelly seemed to have already made his mind up as he immediately announced call.  Gill tabled 5 8 for trip fives and all Kelly could say was “nice hand” as he mucked, stood and walked from the table.

However Kelly was called back when he found he had a few thousand in chips leftover, which he then proceed to triple up next hand with king-eight spiking two pair to better ace-nine.  Kelly has a pulse, but its feint, with just 10,000 in chips.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
29
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Morales no more

Alex Givotovsky opened with a raise from the cutoff to 6,000 before Nick Morales moved all in for a little over 50,000 in the small blind.  Action was folded back to Givotovsky who deliberated for a few moments before splashing chips into the middle to make the call.

Givotovsky: A J
Morales: A 9

The board ran out 3 T Q 2 J to see Alex Givotovsky rake in the chips to bust our Day 1c chip leader in 30th place.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
29
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Fakhoury out in 31st

Jonathan Karamailikis raised to 5,500 from early position and action folded to Samer Fakhoury in the button. Fakhoury moved all-in for about 70,000 and Peter Kleudgen called from the small blind.

Karamailikis sighed, considered calling and then went for the fold instead. 

Fakhoury showed A Q and Kleudgen turned over Q Q. The board ran 9 2 J 3 3 and Fakhoury was eliminated in 31st place.

This hand brought Kleudgen up to nearly 270,000 and closer to the top of the chip counts page. 

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Average Stack
108,500
Players Left
30
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Time to Level Up

The blinds are kicking up a gear, and with it comes a race-off of the remaining black 100-denomination chips.

Level
16
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
500
Players Left
31
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Sylvia Flushed Out

Jesse Sylvia
Jesse Sylvia eliminated in 32nd place

With the board reading J 8 4 T 7 we found Jesse Sylvia confronted by an all in from Junzhong Loo.

With Sylvia at risk for his last 20,000, he deliberated over his decision for nearly three minutes before making the call. Loo tabled his A 9 for a flush and Sylvia mucked his hand to be eliminated in 32nd place as Loo moved to 160,000 in chips.

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Players Left
31
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Hellmuth hangs on

Hellmuth is hanging in with 32 players left.

Daniel Laidlaw bet 5,000 from middle position and action folded to Hellmuth in the big blind. Hellmuth called and the flop came 3 4 4. Hellmuth checked and Laidlaw put out another 5,500. 

The turn brought an A and Hellmuth went with another check. Laidlaw fired off 13,000 and Hellmuth called, bringing a 2 on the river.

Hellmuth checked once more and this time Laidlaw hesitated. Laidlaw thought for a bit and eventually checked.

"Ace," said Hellmuth, showing A 9. Hellmuth is now up to about 75,000, the average stack is about 100,000. 

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Average Stack
101,719
Players Left
32
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The dream is over for Chew

Jesse Sylvia opened with a raise to 5,200 from under the gun and Peter Kleudgen made the call next to speak.  Action folded to the button where Stevan Chew looked down at 6 6 and announced himself all in for around 45,000.  The blinds and Sylvia folded but Kleudgen made the call with A K and the race was on.

Chew was up on his feet as he watched the first four cards fall 8 8 3 2.  Chew only had to sweat one more card, but the K appeared like a dagger through the heart to send Chew to the cashier in 33rd place for $4,307 in prize money.  Meanwhile Kleudgen is up to 170,000 and going strong.

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Players Left
32
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Weisner Busts to Gill

Melanie Weisner
Melanie Weisner eliminated in 34th place

The action folded to Melanie Weisner on the button and she moved all in for her last 38,400. Oliver Gill made the call from the big blind and tabled his A 7 to be in the lead against Weisner’s K 9.

Unfortunately for the American, the 7 J 2 5 8 board wouldn’t see her connect as she was forced to the rail in 34th place as Gill moved to 105,000 in chips.

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Players Left
33
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Shim fights on

Brandon Shim has been fighting with a short stack for some time. He doubled through Dan Kelly with ace-nine surviving against ace-eight, and Shim recently doubled it up again with his A Q holding strong against the A T of Dean Blatt.

The board ran out T Q 7 8 7 to boost Shim up to a respectable 52,000.

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Players Left
34
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Post-dinner sermon

It's been 30 minutes since we got back from dinner break and Hellmuth was eating something cheesy. He was also cranky.

"It's really the best hand I've had in five rounds," Hellmuth said. He was sitting on the button and was facing an all-in bet from the small blind, Haibo Chu. Hellmuth had raised and Chu moved all-in, prompting Hellmuth to tank and share his thoughts with the table.

Chu was seated to Hellmuth's right and the 13-time bracelet winner stared Chu down. Hellmuth said Chu moved all-in too quick and folded.

As Chu pushed his hand down the felt Hellmuth said, "You can show the bluff."

But Chu showed nothing.

"You young players are so crazy," Hellmuth ranted. "You always end up giving me all your chips anyways."

Hellmuth and Chu are currently about even with around 50,000. 

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Players Left
34
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Flopped boat sinks on the river for Dong

Jonathan Karamalikis and Jeremy Ausmus have just collided on a board that could've done a lot more damage than it did. We picked it up on a flop of A 5 A with Karamalikis leading for 6,000 from the hijack position. Ausmus called on the button and the turn brought the K. Karamalikis fired again for another 9,500 and again Ausmus made the call as we sensed a big pot brewing.

The river was an interesting one as the K fell to double pair the board. Karamalikis slowed and checked before Ausmus took a moment and bet 13,500 into the middle. Karamalikis gave a wry smile before verbalizing a call. Ausmus showed A T for the rivered full house as Karamalikis sighed and flashed 5 5 for a flopped full house that had been counterfeited by the running kings. Ouch!

Karamalikis is still in good shape with 320,000 while Ausmus climbs up to nearly 100,000.

 

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Players Left
34
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Aces Finish Third as Duhamel Climbs Leaderboard

Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel cracks aces but only wins side pot

Thang Troung entered the pot with a raise to 5,500 only to have Jonathan Duhamel three-bet to 12,400. With the action on Norman Shill in the big blind, he moved all in for 56,100 to but the action back on Troung.

Troung paused for a few moments before moving all in for close to 180,000 with Duhamel making the quick call to put both players at risk.

Shill: J J
Duhamel: K K
Troung: A A

With Truong in tremendous shape to more than double up, the K 9 5 flop thrust Duhamel into the huge lead and left him starring down at winning a pot to take him to nearly 500,000 in chips.

The dealer dropped a sweat-tastic T on the turn to give Shill a straight draw and leave Truong drawing to two aces. With Shill standing to leave his chair, the dealer delivered the Q on the river to send his stacking soaring up to 175,000 courtesy of the triple while Truong was left to exit the rail in 35th place.

Duhamel on the other hand still managed to profit in the hand as he moved to roughly 295,000 in chips.

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Players Left
34
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Hungry for chips

Chips
Chips, delicious chips

All 35 players have returned from their dinner break. 

Their bellies are well-fed but their stacks are hungry for more chips. The final 35 are guaranteed $4,307, a number that will only go up. Jonathan Karamailikis currently leads the pack with about 365,000. 

Dan Kelly is near the top of the leader board but quite far away from Karamailikis, with 210,000.

There's still more poker as we play down to our final table.

Stay tuned. 

Level
15
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
400
Average Stack
93,000
Players Left
35
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Busts and dinner

Jackie Glazier
Jackie Glazier

The chip disparity in the tournament is reaching revolutionary levels. 

There are massive stacks that have developed their own gravitational pull and only grow larger. Then there are several small stacks fighting to stay alive. 

All all-ins and calls are declared by the dealers and the "all-in call" has joined the poker tournament symphony. It gets called ever few minutes resulting in doubles and busts.

One elimination came courtesy of Jeremy Ausmus.

Ausmus called Dylan Honeyman's all-in and showed J J to Honeyman's A K.

The board came 2 9 6 Q 3 and Honeyman was out, putting Ausmus up to about 60,000.

Then Australia's own Jackie Glazier was eliminated on the last hand before dinner break. Players were already moving out but she and Bryan Piccioli were in a hand.

She raised from the button, Piccioli re-raised and Glazier put in a four-bet. Piccioli moved all-in and Glazier called.

Glazier showed jacks and Piccioli showed kings, the board brought no help for Glazier and she was out in 36th.

"I knew it," Glazier said. "On the last hand before dinner or the first one after. I said it"

Players are now on a one-hour dinner break and will be returning to play down to a final table. 

Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
Average Stack
93,000
Players Left
35
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Sharp Climbs

Kevin Sharpe has just managed a huge double as we creep in on dinner break.

Antoine Saout opened the action with a raise only to have Sharp move all in for 28,500 from the big blind. Saout called tabling his K Q only to be dominated by the A Q of Sharp.

The A 2 7 K T board would ensure Sharp would move to over 60,000 while Saout slipped to 50,000 in chips.

Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
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Kambouroglou Waves Goodbye

Following an all in for 20,800, Antonis Kambouroglou made the call next to act holding A 4 to be in the lead against his opponent’s J T.

The board ran out 4 J Q 2 T and Kambouroglou doubled his opponent while being left crippled with just 4,300 in chips.

The next hand he would push his last 4,000 into the pot holding Q 3 and Antoine Saout made the call from the big blind holding K 9. Unfortunately for Kambouroglou the K K J 5 Q board would end his tournament in 39th place.

Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
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Duhamel Eliminates Cohen

Samantha Cohen
Samantha Cohen forced to the rail in 40th place

Jonathan Duhamel opened for 5,500 only to have Samantha Cohen move all in for 28,700 from the button. Duhamel made the call tabling his 7 7 to be in a race against Cohen’s K J.

Unfortunately for Cohen, the dealer spread a 7 3 4 4 5 board to end her run in Event 1 and leave Duhamel surging up to 165,000 in chips.

Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
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Ausmus Finds Double

From under the gun Jeremy Ausmus moved all in for his last 23,000 holding A 3 and with the action folding round to Jonathan Karamalikis in the small blind, he looked him up holding K Q.

Fortunately for the 2012 November Niner, the 7 3 4 3 5 board would see Ausmus improve to trips to double to over 50,000 as Karamalikis slipped to 235,000 in chips.

Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
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Hellmuth Forced to Fold River

Iori Yogo opened to 6,000 from under the gun and both Phil Hellmuth and Ash Gupta made the call to see a T 9 Q flop fall.

Hellmuth took the lead with a 4,000-chip bet which was check-called by only Yogo as the 3 landed on the turn. Yogo checked and Hellmuth fired out 18,000 which Yogo again check-called as the J landed on the river.

For the third consecutive street Yogo tapped the table and Hellmuth bet out just 9,000 only to have Yogo check-raise all-in for roughly 65,000. Hellmuth uttered a few inaudible words before eventually folding to slip to 45,000 as Yogo moved to 135,000 in chips.

Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
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It doesn’t just happen on the Internet

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly the benefactor

An incredible hand has just seen both Sean Lannon and Michael Watson eliminated from this tournament with Dan Kelly the benefactor. Kelly, Lannon and Watson saw all the chips go in the middle pre-flop with Lannon looking in really good shape.

Lannon: K K
Watson: 9 9
Kelly: A J

Things stayed the same when the flop of K 9 T saw both Lannon and Watson flop sets. The blank 6 on the turn didn’t generate as much excitement but the Q on the river sure did.

The dealer announced “well that makes it easy for me” as Kelly had both Watson and Lannon covered.

Oliver Gill who recently moved to the table said “clearly live poker is rigged for maximum enjoyment.”

Dan Kelly shoots up to 190,000 in chips

Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
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Duhamel drops

Duhamel keeps on taking hits. 

When we hit the final five tables, the floor broke Jonathan Duhamel's table and before he was finished unpacking his chips, Duhamel found himself doubling up another player. 

There was a J 9 3 3 A board and Alex Givotovsky had moved all in. There was a giant pile of purple T500 chips in the middle with a sprinkle of yellow T1,000 chips. 

Duhamel called and Givotovsky showed Q T for a flush. Duhamel mucked his hand and gave Givotovsky the extra 27,900.

After the hand, both players were near the 100,000 mark.

"That's a nice welcome to the table," Givotovsky joked. Duhamel didn't laugh. 
Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
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Raise 'em

We've now hit level 14 of the first event of the WSOP APAC.

Blinds are 1,000/2,000 and we're down to our final 43 players.

Level
14
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
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Kings for Troung

Jesse Sylvia opened under the gun to 3,400 only to have Paul Hill three-bet shove from the small blind for 22,400. With the action on Thang Troung in the big blind, he moved all in for over 140,000 and Slyvia quickly folded.

Hill: 8 8
Troung: K K

The dealer spread a 3 2 6 Q 9 board to end Hill’s run in the tournament while moving Troung up to 175,000 in chips.

Level
13
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
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Inconspicuous flopped flush

Ryan Otto
Ryan Otto finally smiles

Melanie Weisner opened the action with a raise to 3,500. Ryan Otto declared himself all-in for 38,700. Sean Lannon tanked for a minute before also declaring himself all-in for approximately 67,000 in chips. Action swiftly folded back around to Weisner who also relinquished her hand.

Otto: A K
Lannon: J J

Otto looked rather grim as the J appeared in the window and when the 3 5 followed Otto’s reaction didn’t change. Lannon looked eagerly at the turn card hoping to see a repeat but the 7 dropped. Again, Lannon’s eyes urged the dealer to drop a repeat but again got no help from the 8. It was only at this point that Otto started smiling as he realised he had won the hand “I didn’t see the flush until the fifth card came out!”

Otto now moves up to 80,000 in chips while Lannon slips to 26,000.

Level
13
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
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When names collide

Russell Thomas
Russell Thomas

It was a battle of Jonathans.

One, a former world champ, the other, our chip leader.

Jonathan Karamailikis raised to 3,200 and Jonathan Duhamel re-raised to 7,700 from the button. 

The flop came J 2 7 and Karamailikis checked. Duhamel bet 6,700 and Karamailikis called, bringing a 9 on the turn. Both players checked and a 4 came on the river. 

Karamailikis put out a final bet and Duhamel threw in a single chip, indicating a call. 

Karamailikis turned over 10 8 and Duhamel nodded. He put his hand on his cards, looked at the flop and Karamailikis's hand and nodded again.

"Show him the epic slow roll with the flush," another player told Duhamel.

The former world champ laughed and said, "I wish."

Duhamel threw his hand in the muck and was down to 107,000. Karamailikis increased his lead even more as he inches close to the 300,000 mark.

Before the battle of the Jonathan's broke out, a man with two first names was eliminated from the tournament. 

Russell Thomas was eliminated in 53rd place when, in his words: 

Level
13
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
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Hellmuth Liking His Table?

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth; an expert at beating the bluffers

From under the gun Phil Hellmuth opened the action to 4,200 and was called in two spots; one of which was by Antoine Saout in the hi-jack.

The action was checked to Saout on the 4 J J flop with the Frenchman sliding out a bet of 6,300.

Instantly Hellmuth folded and quipped, “Haha the French! This is going to be an interesting table boys!”

“Bluffy bluffy?” asked Hellmuth as Saout was being pushed the pot. Saout shook his head from side to side.

“I’m an expert at beating bluffers!” Hellmuth added as he slipped to 65,000 and Saout climbed to 110,000 in chips.

Level
13
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
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Only a few females left in the field now

Jonathan Duhamel
Duhamel eliminates Anderson

Leanne Anderson was one of the few females left in the field but has unfortunately just hit the rail courtesy of Jonathan Duhamel. Anderson opened up with a raise which was met with a re-raise all-in by Duhamel. Anderson made the call.

Anderson: Q J
Duhamel: J J

Anderson was hoping she could get some lady luck on the flop but sadly she did not. The board ran out 2 8 6 8 7.

That just leaves Melanie Weisner, Jackie Glazier and Samantha Cohen left to represent the ladies.
Level
13
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
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Break not long enough for Punjabi

Karan Punjabi should have spent a few extra minutes on break because he came back to his new seat just in time to bust. His all-in with A 3 was called by Ash Gupta who held A K. Punjabi did not get any help from the dealer as the cards spread Q 9 5 Q 6.

Level
13
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
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Play Underway

The cards are now back in the air in Event 1. We are playing two more levels before heading on a 60-minute dinner break.

Level
13
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
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Time to Break it Up

We have now reached the second break of the day with the 52 remaining players heading on a 15-minute break.

Currently guaranteed a AU$3,461 payday, it’s the likes of Jonathan Karamalikis (265,000) and Dan Kelly (140,000) who are currently atop the counts and placing a firm eye on reaching that final table and the AU$211,575 first prize.

Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Bust, Bust, Bust

Andrew Hinrichsen
Hinrichsen heading home

Players continue to bust at a rapid rate, with Andrew Hinrichsen, Arthur McMahon and David Naughton the latest victims.

Hinrichsen’s Q Q was up against A K and the board ran out 9 A J 2 7.

Daniel Laidlaw’s A 6 eliminated Arthur McMahon who was left holding K T. Laidlaw made a full house as the dealer spread out A 8 6 J A.

Laidlaw moved up to 50,000 in chips.

Sean Lannon’s J 9 flipped up trumps against David Naughton’s 7 7. Lannon also made a full house on a J T 5 J 5 board.

Lannon now has 40,000 in chips.

Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Kim KO'd by Saout

Eui Woong Kim moved his short stack all in holding 5 5 to be up against Antoine Saout’s A Q.

The dealer spread a T 4 4 J K flop to see Kim eliminated and Saout move his stack up to 115,000 in chips.

Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Kelly takes a hit

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly has dropped out of the lead after doubling up Dean Blatt.

Kelly raised to 2,500 and Blatt three-bet to 6,100 from the hijack. Action folded back around to Kelly who called.

There was an A 8 4 flop and a round of checks.

The J came on the turn and Kelly bet 11,600. Blatt called and a 6 was dealt on the river. The river brought more action, players moved all-in and Kelly showed A T to Blatt's A Q.

The dealer counted out the chips and Kelly paid the remaining 31,900 to Blatt. Blatt doubled to nearly 100,000.

On the other hand, Kelly was knocked down to about 140,000, leaving Jonathan Karamalikis in the lead.

Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Kozlov eliminated

Player
Kozlov eliminated

Martin Kozlov raised from the cut-off and Melanie Weisner responded with a re-raise from the button. Kozlov made the call and we saw the flop of Q 4 7.   

Both players checked to see the T drop on the turn. Kozlov proceeded to push all of his 24,000 chip stack into the middle which was immediately met with a “call” from Weisner. Before Kozlov could even table his cards, Weisner had flipped her A A over and the river 7 was dealt. Kozlov took one final look at his K J before he threw it away and gracefully left the table.

Weisner now moves up to 110,000 in chips.
Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Aces for Jackie

Following an under the gun raise to 2,400, Jackie Glazier three-bet to 4,700 next to speak before Roy Hills four-bet to 11,200. The blinds and original raiser folded, but Glazier responded by moving all in with Hills calling off the additional 16,000 to be at risk.

Glazier: A A
Hills: Q Q

The board ran out J 4 T 4 5 to see Hills eliminated and Glazier move upwards of 110,000 in chips.

Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Paul Birman eliminated in 69th

Paul Birman got the last of his 8,000 chips in the middle pre-flop against Tony ‘Toothpick’ Kambourglou.

Birman: A J
Kambourglou: T T

The flop was not kind for Birman as the T 5 8 dropped. Birman said “well that makes it hard. Running spades?” Unfortunately for Birman his spades did not come as the board ran out 4 6 but Birman still shook everyone’s hand before making his way over to collect his $2,897AUD reward.

Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Gupta eliminates another

Ash Gupta
Gupta eliminates another

Ash Gupta was able to make a call with A Q from the big blind to put his all-in opponent at risk. His opponent tabled K 9 and we saw the board ran out 8 Q J 6 2.

Gupta moved up to 40,000 in chips.

Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Down to 71 Players

With another level in the bag we see just 71 players remaining here in Event 1 with players currently guaranteed a AU$2,897 payday.

Level
12
Blinds
600/1200
Ante
200
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Time tanking Toothpick Tony

Nathan Bevan opened up the action with a raise to 2,000 in middle position. Tony ‘Toothpick’ Kambourglou defended his big blind. On a flop of 9 A J, Kambourglou checked to Bevan. Bevan fired a 6,000 bet and Kambourglou made the call. The turn brought the 8 as well as checks from both players.

The 7 brought a frantic check from Kambourglou and an announcement of “all-In” from Bevan. Kambourglou then proceeded to go into the tank for what seemed like 5 minutes before counting and stacking out the chips to make the call. However, Kambourglou still hesitated for some time before he finally did decide to make the call.

Bevan tabled A T for a rivered straight and Kambourglou nodded his head and flashed the A. Antoine Saout who was also sitting at the table wanted to see what was taking Kambourglou so long to decide and insisted on seeing both cards.

Kambourglou tabled both cards, showing A 6.                                                           

With that Kambourglou slipped down to 40,000 in chips while Bevan climbed to 47,500.

 

Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Falling Fast

Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein out in 75th

Players have been flying out of this tournament area like it were on fire.

In the first 50 minutes of play we've lost 21 players. There were several small stacks hanging on for the bubble but they loosened their grip and fell to the pay cage once they were guaranteed AU$2,452. 

We've even made two pay jumps as the final 72 players are guaranteed AU$2,897. 

One of the more recent eliminations was Barry Greenstein. The Team PokerStars Pro was spotted by the payout cage and Twitter revealed why: 

Greenstein will get AU$2,669 for his first WSOP APAC cash.

A few people were skeptical about reaching the final table today, but there doubts are dwindling faster than the number of players in the tournament. 

Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Lee Legged

Player
Jason Lee eliminated in 78th place

With the board reading 9 9 7 6, Jason Lee found himself all in holding A 8 against Frank Mccolgan’s A Q.

Unfortunately for Lee he was unable to spike a pair or a straight but instead river an obsolete flush when the K landed to send him to the rail in 78th for AU$2,669 in prizemoney.

Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Eliminations happening thick and fast

Aaron Benton
Benton eliminated

John Dalessandri and Aaron Benton have both been eliminated.

Dalessandri’s A J was up against Daniel Levy’s K Q and with the Q in the window, Dalessandri was unable to improve as the board ran out 3 7 2 K. Levy moved back up to 47,000 in chips.

Benton was unfortunate to have his Q Q come up against Oliver Gill’s A A. Similarly, the A appeared in the window and Benton was eliminated as the board ran out 2 5 9 8.

Gill has moved up to 46,500.
Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Kelly Surges to 200k

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly is sitting with a mountain of chips

Catching the action with the board reading T Q 2 4 we found two chip leaders heads-up and in a monster pot.

All of a sudden we would find Sam Georges all in for roughly 50,000 with Dan Kelly making the call. Georges tabled his K T, but it would be Kelly’s A A in the lead, and when the Q landed on the river, Georges was tumbled to the rail as Kelly moved to roughly 200,000 in chips.

Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Cohen eliminates Szmelcer

Samantha Cohen
Samantha Cohen

Samantha Cohen’s pre-flop raised was met by an announcement of “all-in” from Henry Szmelcer. Cohen took a look at Szmelcer’s 14,000 chip stack and made the call.

Szmelcer: K K
Cohen: A K

The flop of A A 4 had Szmelcer drawing dead as the board ran out 8 7.

Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Double Bubble Elimination

Melanie Weisner
Melanie Weisner busts one of the bubble boys

Normally tournament bubbles can last a long time, but here in Event 1 it took just a matter of hands as we lost two players in one hand to leave the remaining 90 in the money.

On the feature table Melanie Weisner and her opponent exchanged a series of raises before Weisner called her opponent’s all-in.

Weisner: K 7
Opponent: A K

With Weisner not in great shape, the Q A 8 flop gave her outs to a flush, and when the T landed on the turn she would be sending a player to the rail as the J completed the board on the river.

Simultaneously it would be Luke Edwards pushing all in from the button holding J-T only to run into the pocket aces of Ash Gupta in the small blind. No help for Edwards and just like that a double eliminations would leave the remaining players with a guaranteed AU$2,452 in prizemoney.

Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Van Engalberg eliminated

With players frantically trying to hang on to their chips as we approach the bubble, Nick Van Engalberg and Phillip Libeau got all their chips in the middle pre-flop.

Van Engalberg: A K
Libeau: J J

The board ran out 4 T 4 4 Q and Van Engalberg was eliminated. Libeau moved up to 134,000 in chips.

Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Play Underway

The cards are now back in the air here in Event 1 with players being just a handful of eliminations away from securing a WSOP cash for AU$2,452.

Level
11
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
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Break

Two levels are done and players are now on their first 15-minute break of the day. 

It's a welcome break for players as they'll be returning to bubble action. There are 93 players remaining in the tournament and 90 of them will cash.

Stay tuned as we play to the money. 

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Big stacks

Lebeau
Phillip Libeau

The flow of chips in poker tournaments is constant. They often flow from player to player, occasionally bunching up in front of one lucky soul.

We've had a few big stacks that we mentioned today, including Nick Morales, Antoine Saout and Jackie Glazier.

Now Phillip Libeau joins there ranks, in fact, he heads the ranks. Libeau is currently near the top of the leader board and is one of the few players with a six-figure chip count.

Libeau is sitting with about 104,000 and has been relatively calm. He hasn't played many hands this past level but he got his stack somehow. The Australian is waiting, silently, listening to music, ready to put his stack to use. 

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Karamalikis Check-Raises to be Amongst Leaders

Jonathan Karamalikis
Life as a chip leader is so hard sometimes

Jonathan Karamalikis opened the action with a raise to 1,800 only to have Nick Morales three-bet to 4,100. Karamalikis made the call to see a 4 6 5 flop fall before checking to Morales who fired out 5,200.

Thinking for a few moments, Karamalikis slid out a stack of chips amounting to a check-raise of 13,500 which prompted a quick fold from Morales.

Karamalikis is now sitting amongst the chip leaders with roughly 105,000 in chips.

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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King Chu

Haibu Chu
Haibo Chu

Haibo Chu has extracted some revenge on Andrew Scarf.

Scarf raised 1,800 from middle position and was greeted by a re-raise from the button by Haibo Chu to 4,200. Scarf made the call.

The flop of K T Q brought a lot of action. Scarf initially checked to Chu who bet 4,800, Scarf instantly announced “Ten thousand” and proceeded to put out his chips. Chu shook his head making a comment about how he should have raised more pre-flop but pushed the remainder of his 20,400 stack in the middle. Scarf made the call.

Scarf: A J

Chu: K Q

The turn brought the K which made Scarf jump out of his chair and release a small obscenity. The 9 fell on the river.

Chu asked Scarf if he had of raised more pre-flop would he still have called. Scarf replied with a comment about Chu getting lucky and that he probably would have folded.

Chu moved up to 60,000 in chips while Scarf is now down to 12,000.

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Glazier Gets Frisky with Duhamel

Jackie Glazier
Jackie getting cheeky with the World Champ

Jonathan Duhamel kicked off the action with a raise to 1,600 only to have Jackie Glazier three-bet the button to 2,900. The action folded back to Duhamel and he went into the tank for roughly 90 seconds before making it 6,800 to go.

As Glazier deliberated over her decision for near-on 90 seconds also, she would drop in an assortment of chips amounting to a five-bet of 12,400.

Duhamel contemplated for a minute or so before pushing his cards to the muck to slide to 25,000. As Glazier was being pushed the pot, she cheekily showed the PokerListings reporter – and no one else – her hand to reveal the 9 7 as she moved to 82,000 in chips.

Duhamel quickly looked up and pointed at the reporter, “what site do you work for?”

That would be PokerListings.com Mr Duhamel!

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Balsiger Busts to Broadway

Jake Balsiger
Jacob Balsiger heads to the rail

From late position Jacob Balsiger pushed all in for roughly 11,500 holding K J and the action folded round to Oliver Gill in the big blind. He peeked at one card – the Q – and then the other – the Q – and made the call to put last year’s November Niner at risk.

The A 5 J flop gave Balsiger additional outs to catch a third jack, but it would be the K on the turn pushing him into the lead. Unfortunately for the 888Poker Pro, the T on the river would see Gill spike Broadway to send him to the rail.

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Georges still strong

Eui Woong Kim has managed to put a small dent in Sam Georges’ massive stack. Both players got their stacks in the middle pre flop Georges with A 6 and Kim with Q Q.

The flop of K 8 J provided Georges with a few more outs, however, the Q on the turn gave Kim some relief before the J on the river completed Kim’s full house.

Kim has moved up to 25,000 in chips while Georges drops to 87,000.

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Aces for Hinrichsen

Andrew Hinrichsen
Aces for Hinrichsen

Andrew Hinrichsen picked up pocket aces at the right time to eliminate Andrew Nguyen from the tournament. Nguyen had pocket jacks but did not get the help he needed as the board ran out Q 7 3 4 3.

Hinrichsen has now moved up to 45,000 in chips.

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Sylvia doubles

Jesse Sylvia
Jesse Sylvia

The board read 8 6 4 Q and Jesse Sylvia bet 7,000. 

The only other player in the hand was Junzhong Loo, who took a while before acting. When he finally did, Loo announced all-in. Sylvia only had about 7,000 behind and Loo had him more than covered.

Sylvia called and players showed their hands.

Loo: A 7

Sylvia: 10 8.

Sylvia was in the lead and the river brought an 8 to give him trips and a fresh stack of about 40,000.

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Time to Level Up

With the first level in the bag, there have been some movers and shakers already during the last hour of play.

Chip leader Antoine Saout is still sitting strong although he has been temporarily relegated from the six-figure club to sit with 97,000. Nick Morales has pushed his stack upwards to over 80,000 while Ivey Poker Pro Jackie Glazier has climbed to 70,000.

Some of the unfortunate eliminations include Glazier’s fellow Ivey Poker Pro Mike Leah and local tournament regulars Pat Dillon, Minh Nguyen, Will Jones and Ben Richardson which leaves the tournament with just 116 players remaining.

Level
10
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
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Value in moving tables

Andrew Scarf has just been moved to a table that with Dan Kelly, Jonathan Karamailikis, Martin Kozlov and Haibo Chu.

After opening with a small raise from middle position Haibo Chu defended from the big blind.

On a flop of 3 J 4 Haibo checked-called a bet of 1,200 from Scarf. On the turn of 7 Chu bet 1,975, Scarf called. On the river of 9, Chu checked and Scarf value-bet 2,000. Chu tanked for a long time before making the call. Scarf showed his A J to win the pot and move up to 39,000 in chips.

Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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Straight youth

Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth, a spring chicken no more

Mattthew the dealer was a little late today.

While he was dealing out hands at Hellmuth's table a dealer change was going down at another table.

"Yeah, you gotta push me out later because this guy…"he said pointing at Matthew the dealer. "Was late."

"Hey man," said Matthew. "I was in a car accident."

The other dealer apologized and asked what happened. Matthew said nothing serious had happened and the other dealer told Matthew he was a horrible driver.

While Matthew had a hard time coming straight to work, he didn't have a hard time giving straights to Hellmuth. 

Before Matthew was explaining his tardiness, he had dealt a 4 3 5 10 7 flop and Phil Hellmuth bet 4,850. 

Samuel Kennedy called.

"Eight-high straight," said Hellmuth, showing 8 6. Kennedy sighed and turned over A A.

"If you be big on the turn there I fold, your size I call" said Hellmuth. Kennedy shook his head mumbling "gut shot straight draw."

"Hey," Hellmuth said. "I had the flush draw there too. I wish I was a 21-year-old kid then I would've moved all-in on the flop."

Luckily for Hellmuth both pre and postflop aggression are age neutral.
Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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Gerantonis doubles through Thomas

Russell Thomas opened up the action with a raise from the cut off. Steve Gerantonis defended his big blind by pushing the remainder of his 4,350 stack into the middle. Thomas looked at his stack and made the call.

Gerantonis: 4 4

Thomas: K 5

Thomas wasn't in bad shape but Gerantonis avoided the cards necessary to take a few chips off Thomas’ pile which now drops down to 19,000.

Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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Can't stop Hellmuth from chatting it up

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth getting chatty already

Phil Hellmuth opened the action with a raise to 1,300 only to have Samer Fakhoury three-bet the button to 3,600. Hellmuth called before checking the 2 3 J flop as Fakhoury bet out 6,200.

“I don’t like playing against guys that stare at me” stated Hellmuth as Fakhoury stared directly at Hellmuth for close to two minutes.

“He just can’t believe you’re here Phil!” commented one of the players on the table before Hellmuth eventually folded and slipped to 13,000.

“Good bet buddy … If you had ace-king I had you crushed!” added Hellmuth before continuing, “People try to give me their chips and I just don’t know why!”

“I had a medium pair and nearly went with it” finished Hellmuth as the new hand began.

Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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Morales Continues to Climb

Nick Morales
Nick Morales from Day 1c action

Facing a raise to 1,200 from Nick Morales, David Leas moved all in for roughly 12,000 from the big blind and Morales instantly called.

Leas: J J
Morales: Q Q

The dealer spread a 6 Q 2 6 5 board to end Leas’ tournament while pushing Day 1c chip leader Morales further up the leaderboard to now sit with 65,000 in chips.

Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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Some early action

There has been some early action within the first 10 minutes of play resuming.

Sam Georges has eliminated two short-stacks in Jay Anderson and Patrick Dillon. Georges’ A-T was up against A-K and A-J, but as Ben Vanderveen recapped for us, managed to spike a ten on the flop.

On the very next hand Georges was at it again when he turned a Broadway straight to knock Ben Richardson out and move his stack further up the leaderboard to 71,000.

Another local Paul Birman also managed to find a double with queens against his opponent’s jacks. Birman is now up to 12,000.

 

Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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Early kings

James Obst
James Obst

James Obst lost a few piles of chips early on.

Obst raised to 1,200 from early position and Samer Fakhoury -- on Obst's immediate left -- re-raised. Action folded back to Obst who four-bet to 6,200.

Fakhoury moved all-in for 28,625 and Obst quickly called. 

Fakhoury showed K K while Obst turned over A K. The flop came 5 9 4 and Obst picked up a flush draw. Fakhoury stood up expecting the worst, but the turn and river brought no aces or diamonds for Obst.

Fakhoury doubled up to about 60,000 while Obst was left with around 12,000.

Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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Play Underway

After a few words to the remaining players, WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel has instructed the dealers to put the cards in the air.

As it has been for the previous three days of play, we will be playing two 60-minute levels before a break is taken and today will see 10 levels split by a dinner break after level six.

Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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144 Remain in Accumulator

Antoine Saout
Chip leader Antoine Saout

Welcome back to the Crown Poker Room and the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific for Day 2 of the Event 1: AU$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator!

A massive 1,085 entrants took to the felt over the three day one flights – a record for any WSOP event outside of Las Vegas – to form a prizepool of AU$1,085,000. 90 players will be reaching the money and a guaranteed AU$2,452, however it will be the top prize of AU$211,575 and a WSOP bracelet that everyone is striving to collect.

The penultimate day of play sees 144 players returning to battle through ten levels of play – which at our calculations should leave around two or three tables remaining to return tomorrow. Of the 144 players, only 15 of them managed to accumulate chips and survive two flights (with no player surviving all three) with the top three counts belonging to those very players with the top ten chip counts rounding at as follows.

Top Ten Chip Counts
Antoine Saout – 105,375
Dan Kelly – 82,050
Dylan Honeyman – 68,100
Alex Givotovsky – 65,600
Nick Morales – 57,275
Daniel Levy – 56,750
Wilson Yap Soon – 53,150
Jason Lee – 49,625
Tristan Bain – 49,600
Sam Georges – 48,775

Frenchman and 2009 November Niner Antonine Saout leads all players while WSOP bracelet winner Dan Kelly sits second ahead of Australian online player and 2013 Aussie Millions ring winner Dylan “WhiteRabbito” Honeyman. Many talented players are still in the mix with the likes of Melanie Weisner (44,725), Jonathan Duhamel (41,850), James Obst (41,250), Barry Greenstein (41,050), Jackie Glazier (39,350), Jonathan Karamalikis (36,775), Andrew Hinrichsen (30,150), Jesse Sylvia (25,850) and the great Phil Hellmuth (20,650) still kicking it.

The PokerListings Live Reporting Team will be on hand for all the action live from the Crown Poker Room from 12:10 p.m. so make sure to keep your browser locked right here!

Level
9
Blinds
300/600
Ante
75
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Event Name Event 1 - $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Acc.
Venue Crown Casino, Melbourne
Date 4 April 2013
Final Day 8 April 2013
Buy In AU$1,100
Entrants 1085
Prize Pool AU$1,085,000
First Prize AU$211,575
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

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

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Bryan Piccioli AU$211,575
2. Jonathan Karamalikis AU$130,743
3. Junzhong Loo AU$96,305
4. Jonathan Duhamel AU$71,870
5. Jeremy Ausmus AU$54,337
6. Graeme Putt AU$41,610
7. Iori Yogo AU$32,268
8. Peter Kleudgen AU$25,335
9. Ryan Otto AU$20,138
10. Ash Gupta AU$16,199