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Lim Claims First Australian Gold at WSOP Asia Pacific

Congratulations to Aaron Lim!
Congratulations to Aaron Lim!

It took four attempts but Australia has their first bracelet from home soil with Aaron Lim winning the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Event 4: AU$5,000 6-Max Hold’em title!

167 players took to the felt three days ago to play one of the more aggressive formats of poker we have on the circuit, and with the biggest buy-in on the WSOP APAC schedule so far, the price of entry was matched with the calibre of players that took a seat in the Crown Poker Room.

Day 1 and 2 played at a furious pace, and when action re-commenced today there were just seven players in the hunt for WSOP gold. With five Australians in the hunt it felt like a near lock for the first home turf-won bracelet but with Australian’s Jason Gray, Billy Seri, Sam Higgs and Brendon Rubie  all bowing to the rail the three-handed race would be contested by a New Zealander and a Malaysian as well as just one lone Australian.

Once Jan Suchanek fell in 3rd place after running an all-in bluff, many were expecting that the heads-up battle would be over, but with the experienced Aaron Lim and Andy Lee holding a mountain of chips each, neither player wanted to let WSOP gold slip through their hands too easy.

Chips were traded back-and-forth with each player holding a dominating chip lead, but in the end it would be Lim turning a flush against Lee’s nut flush draw that would see the momentum swung squarly into the Australian’s favor. And just a few hands later Lim would strike gold on the river to end Lee’s quest at becoming the first Malaysian-born WSOP bracelet winner as Lim was crowned the champion and recipient of the AU$233,800 first prize.

Final Table Payouts
1st: Aaron Lim (AU$233,800)
2nd: Andy Lee (AU$144,530)
3rd: Jan Suchanek (AU$103,766)
4th: Brendon Rubie (AU$74,590)
5th: Sam Higgs (AU$53,615)
6th: Billy Seri (AU$38,545)

With this victory, Lim becomes the first Australian WSOP bracelet winner on home soil and joins the likes of Joe Hachem, Jeffrey Lisandro, Andrew Hinrichsen, Gary Benson, Mark Vos, Christina Pie and Mel Judah as Australian WSOP Champions. Congratulations to Aaron Lim!

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River Ends Lee in 2nd; Lim Gets Gold for Australia

Andy Lee eliminated in 2nd place
Andy Lee eliminated in 2nd place

Hand #81

Andy Lee made it 40,000 to go and Aaron Lim moved all in. Lee instantly made the call for his remaining 462,000 in chips and the cards were placed on their backs.

Lim: K 5
Lee: A Q

With Lee in the lead and both players on their feet, the J 6 3 changed little as Lee still held the advantage with just ace-high. The dealer burned and turned the 8 to further Lee’s advantage and keep him just one card away from doubling through to be at only a two-to-one disadvantage.

Smack! The dealer spiked the 5 on the river to send Lee tumbling to the rail in 2nd place for an AU$144,530 payday as Lim is awarded the Event 4 gold bracelet and AU$233,800 in first place prize money.

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No Flops, Couple of Shoves

Hand #75

Andy Lee opened the button to 40,000 and Aaron Lim moved all in. Lee decided to get away from it.

Hand #76

Aaron Lim opened the button to 40,000 and now it was Andy Lee’s time to move all in. Lim got out of the way and Lee scooped up the pot.

Hand #77

Andy Lee folded the button.

Hand #78

Aaron Lim opened the button to 40,000 and Andy Lee moved all in for 416,000. Lim opted to fold and Lee added some more chips to his stack.

Hand #79

Andy Lee opened the button to 40,000 and Aaron Lim folded.

Hand #80

Lim let his cards go on the button . 

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Lim's Flush Puts Him In Front

Aaron Lim surges back out in front
Aaron Lim surges back out in front

Hand #69

Aaron Lim receives a walk in the big blind.

Hand #70

Aaron Lim raised to 40,000 and Andy Lee folded.

Hand #71

Andy Lee opened to 40,000 and Aaron Lim made the call to see a 4 8 J flop fall. Lee continued for 40,000 and Lim folded his hand.

Hand #72

Aaron Lim limped the button and Andy Lee checked his option to see a K 4 2 flop. Lee checked and Lim fired out 41,000 which Lee called as the 2 landed on the turn.

Lee led for 55,000 and Lim quickly mucked his hand

Hand #73

Aaron Lim received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #74

From the button Aaron Lim made it 40,000 and Andy Lee defended his big blind to see a 6 Q 2 flop spread.

Lee checked and Lim continued for 42,000 with Lee making the call before leading out for 75,000 when the J landed on the turn. Lim deliberated for a minute before raising to 210,000.

With Lee now in the tank, he eventually moved all in and Lim snap-called for his 961,000-chip stack.

Lee: A 6
Lim: T 9

With Lim needing to fade a diamond – apart from the K or 8 – the river would land the T to ensure him the double to 2,092,000 while Lee slipped to 413,000 in chips.

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Not Much Happening

Hand #64

Aaron Lim had the button and flicked out 40,000. Andy Lee folded and the pot was Lim’s.

Hand #65

Andy Lee opened the button to 40,000 and Aaron Lim folded.

Hand #66

Aaron Lim folded the button.

Hand #67

Andy Lee opened the button to 40,000 and Aaron Lim quickly responded with a three-bet to 103,000.

Hand #68

Aaron Lim had the button and opened it up to 40,000. Andy Lee made a quick call and the dealer turned over a A A K flop. Lee checked here and Lim slid out some chips, but before we could see how many chips, Lee had released his hand. 

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Lee Takes Back Lead with Full House

Andy Lee back in the lead
Andy Lee back in the lead

Hand #59

Andy Lee min-raised the button to 40,000 and Aaron Lim folded.

Hand #60

Aaron Lim opened to 40,000 from the button and Andy Lee three-bet to 125,000. Lim deliberated for a few moments before four-betting to 215,000 to put Lee into the tank.

Lee counted down his stack, re-checked his hole cards and then moved all-in to prompt an insta-fold from Lim. Lee has now moved to roughly 1,100,000 in chips.

Hand #61

Aaron Lim receives a walk in the big blind.

Hand #62

Aaron Lim limped in and Andy Lee checked his option to see a 9 6 9 flop. Lee checked and Lim bet out 40,000 before Lee check-raised to 125,000.

Lim threw some looks over at Lee while he riffled chips before making the call to see the 9 on the turn to give both players trips.

With the action on Lee, he led out with a bet of 150,000 which Lim called as the K completed the board. Lee checked over to Lim, and he checked as well as Lee tabled his 6 4 for a full house. Lim folded and slipped to 1,119,000.

Hand #63

Andy Lee opened to 40,000 on the button and Aaron Lim called from the big to see the flop fall 2 4 Q. Lim checked and Lee bet 40,000 which prompted a fold from Lim.

Updated Chip Counts:

Andy Lee – 1,426,000
Aaron Lim – 1,079,000

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Lee Edges Back

Aaron Lim contemplating
Aaron Lim contemplating

Hand #55

The first hand following the break would see Andy Lee raise the button to 40,000 and Aaron Lim make the call.

On the 4 6 T flop, Lim checked and Lee bet 40,000. Lim made the call and a 2 hit the turn. Lim decided to lead this time, making it 73,000. Lee thought for a few moments, then folded his cards, sending some more chips to Lim.

Hand #56

Aaron Lim opened the button to 40,000, which Andy Lee called. Both players then checked the T T K flop and a 6 was dealt on the turn. Lee led for 55,000 here and Lim called. The final card on the board was a 4 and Lee moved quickly moved all in for 301,000.

Lim eventually opted to make the call and would then regret it when he saw Lee’s J T – strong enough to defeat Lim’s K 8. Lee is now much healthier edging closer to 800,000 in chips.

Hand #57

Andy Lee opened the button to 40,000 and Aaron Lim made the call. An unknown flop was spread on the felt and Lim check-folded to a bet of 40,000 from Lee.

Hand #58

Aaron Lim raised the button to 40,000. Andy Lee made the call and the dealer spread out a K 9 5 flop. Andy Lee led for 40,000 here and Lim opted to let his hand go. 

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Play Underway

The cards are now back in the air with the blinds at 10,000-20,000 and a 3,000-ante. Here are the updated chip counts:

Aaron Lim – 2,023,000
Andy Lee – 482,000

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Lim Storms Ahead, Plus Break

Aaron Lim has stormed ahead of Andy Lee
Aaron Lim has stormed ahead of Andy Lee

Hand #52

Aaron Lim opened the button to 40,000 and Andy Lee promptly responded with a three-bet to 105,000. Lim Made the call and the dealer turned over a 2 4 K flop. Lee led for 120,000 here and Lim called. The turn fell with a J and this time Lee checked. On Lim and he bet 161,000, which Lee didn’t take long to call.

The board was completed with a Q and Lee once again checked. Lim obliged with a check behind and tabled his A 5 – not strong enough for Lee’s 6 6.

Hand #53

Andy Lee opened the button to 40,000 and Lim three-bet to 105,000. Lee made the call and the dealer tabled a 2 3 Q flop. Lim led out for 110,000 here and the action was back on Lee, who called.

The turn was a J and Lim took his time before betting 208,000. Lee moved all in and Lim quickly called all in. Once again, Lee had Lim at risk and was looking like he could become the champion.

Lim tabled his A Q for a pair of queens, while Lee held T 6 for a flush draw. When the river fell with a 5, Lim was safe and doubled up to around 2.1 million, while Lee is now down to around 400,000.

Hand #54

From the button Aaron Lim made it 40,000 and Andy Lee pushed for 438,000. Lim folded and Lee took the pot.

A 15-minute break was scheduled, but the players want to keep playing. However with a live stream in play, the players are going to take just a short break instead.

Break

The players have made their way on a 15-minute break. 

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Lee Continues to Close Gap

Hand #46

Aaron Lim made it 40,000 from the button and Andy Lee made the call to see the dealer spread a 2 9 4 flop.

Lee checked and Lim bet out 42,000 to take down the pot following a fold from Lee.

Hand #47

From the button Andy Lee made it 40,000 to go and Aaron Lim called to see a A 3 7 flop.

Lee made a continuation-bet and Lim kicked his cards to the muck.

Hand #48

Aaron Lim opened the pot to 40,000 and Andy Lee three-bet to 105,000 to prompt an insta-fold from Lim.

Hand #49

Andy Lee popped it up to 40,000 from the button and Aaron Lim made the call to see a 4 4 A flop spread by the dealer.

Both players checked to see the 3 land on the turn and both players checked again to see the A complete the board on the river. Lim bet out 50,000 and Lee quickly called only to muck at the sight of Lim’s 6 4.

Hand #50

Unknown action.

Hand #51

Andy Lee made it 40,000 from the button and Aaron Lim made the call to see a J K 9 flop fall.

Lim checked and Lee bet out 35,000  and Lim splashed the pot with a call to see the 2 on the turn. Both players checked and the 5 on the river completed the board with Lim betting out 54,000.

Lee slid out a raise to 160,000 to put the action back on Lim, and after deliberating for close to two minutes, Lim folded his hand.

Updated Chip Counts:

Aaron Lim – 1,414,000
Andy Lee – 1,091,000

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Lim and Lee Trading Chips

Hand #41

Andy Lee opened the button to 40,000. Aaron Lim made the call and a 2 4 2 flop hit the felt. Lim check-called a bet of 40,000 here. The dealer flipped over a J on the turn and this time both players checked. The final card on the felt was a 7 and Lim led for 81,000. Lee opted to make the call, with Lim’s K 5 going into the muck when Lee tabled A 6.

Hand #42

Aaron Lim opened the button to 40,000. Andy Lee three-bet to 105,000. Lim decided to call and the dealer spread out a 5 8 8 flop. Lee bet 125,000 and Lim let his cards go.

Hand #43

Andy Lee opened the button. Lim folded.

Hand #44

Aaron Lim opened the button to 40,000 and Andy Lee folded.

Hand #45

Andy Lee raised it to 40,000 from the button. Aaron Lim decided to make the call, at which point the dealer spread out a 3 A 2 flop. Lim check-called a bet of 40,000 and a 6 hit the turn. Lim once again checked and Lee bet 85,000. Lim made the call and a 2 completed the board on the river. Both players checked and Lim scooped up the pot with his Q 3 trumping Lee’s Q 5

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Lee Climbing Back

Andy Lee chasing back the chip lead
Andy Lee chasing back the chip lead

Hand #37

Andy Lee opened to 40,000 from the button and Aaron Lim folded.

Hand #38

Aaron Lim raised to 40,000 and Andy Lee called to see a K K T flop fall. Lee checked and Lim bet out 41,000 which prompted a raise from Lee to 105,000.

Lim re-checked his hand and then folded to give Lee the pot.

Hand #39

Andy Lee made it 40,000 to go and Aaron Lim riffled chips for close to a minute before making it 101,000 from the large blind. Lee paused for a few moments before making the call to see a 9 A K flop spread by the dealer.

Lim took the lead on the flop by tossing in a 105,000-chip bet which Lee called as the A rolled off on the turn.

Following a check from Lim, Lee tapped the table as well as the A completed the board on the river and Lim checked once again.

Lee pushed out a stack amounting to 210,000 to force a fold from Lim.

Hand #40

Aaron Lim tossed in 40,000 from the button and Andy Lee defended his big blind to see a A 5 5 flop fall. Both players checked as the Q landed on the turn and a bet of 51,000 from Lim was enough to take the pot.

Updated Chip Counts:

Aaron Lim – 1,570,000
Andy Lee – 935,000

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Massive Double Up to Lim

Aaron Lim at WSOP APAC
Aaron Lim at WSOP APAC

Hand #32

The first hand of heads-up play began with Aaron Lim opening the button to 30,000. Andy Lee called and a A Q 4 flop was spread on the felt. Lee led for 30,000 here and Lim folded.

Hand #33

Andy Lee opened the button to 30,000. Aaron Lim made the call and the dealer turned over a 4 3 8 flop. Lim checked and Lee bet 30,000. Lim made the call and a 9 was flipped over on the turn. Both players opted to check this card and a 5 completed the board on the river. Lim again checked here, while Lee decided to bet 40,000. Lim thought long and hard on the river, eventually making the call. Lim would then muck, while Lee tabled 6 5 to win the hand.

Hand #34

Aaron Lim opened the button to 30,000 and Andy Lee folded.

Hand #35

Andy Lee had the button and folded his cards.

Hand #36

Aaron Lim opened the button to 40,000.  Andy Lee three-bet to 105,000 and it was back on Lim, who moved all in for 940,000. Lee instantly called and tabled his T T, while Lim sort of sighed as he showed A 2.

It was looking like Lim was going to be going home in 2nd place, but the A Q 9 4 Q board would have other ideas, sending the double up to Lim and leaving Lee with around 670,000 in chips. 

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Heads-Up Play Underway

The players are now back from their break and the cards are in the air for this Event 4 heads-up battle.

Andy Lee – 1,450,000
Aaron Lim – 1,055,000

AU$233,800 and a WSOP gold bracelet awaits one of these two Australians.

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Suchanek Bluffs Out in 3rd

Jan Suchanek eliminated in 3rd place
Jan Suchanek eliminated in 3rd place

Hand #31

Andy Lee opened with a raise to 27,000 from the button only to have Jan Suchanek three-bet to 60,000 from the big blind.

Lee made the call to see a 5 K J flop fall and Suchanek lead for 85,000. Lee contemplated for a few moments before making the call as the 6 landed on the turn. Suchanek insta-jammed for close to 200,000 and Lee instantly made the call.

Suchanek: T 4
Lee: K 8

With Suchanek drawing the dead, the Q landed on the river to end his tournament in 3rd place for a AU$103,766 payday while leaving Lee and Aaron Lim heads-up for the Event 4 bracelet.

The remaining two players are now heading on a 15-minute break.

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Lim Takes the Lead

Hand #27

Aaron Lim received a walk.

Hand #28

Andy Lee opened the button to 27,000. Aaron Lim, from the small blind, three-bet to 72,000. Jan Suchanek quickly folded his big blind and Lee let go of his cards as Lim raked in the small pot.

Hand #29

Aaron Lim opened the button to 24,000. Jan Suchanek folded the small blind, while Andy Lee called out of the big blind. On the 8 T A flop, Lee check-called a bet of 30,000 here and a T hit the turn. Lee again checked and Lim again bet, this time flicking out 48,000. Lee called and a 2 completed the board on the river. Lee opted to lead this time, betting 56,000. Lim took his time, then made it 134,000 to go. Lee let his cards go and Lim scooped up the very nice pot that will see him once again be the chip leader. 

Hand #30

Jan Suchanek folded the button, Andy Lee called out of the small blind and Lim tapped the table. On the T 3 6 flop, Lee led out for 31,000 and Lim let his cards go into the muck. 

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A Few Hands Back and Forth

Hand #21

Aaron Lim receives a walk in the big blind.

Hand #22

Aaron Lim limped the small blind and Jan Suchanek checked to see the A K 9 flop fall and both players check. The T landed on the turn and Lim checked to Suchanek who bet out 16,000.

Lim called as the river landed the T and both players checked. Suchanek tabled his K 6 and collected the pot from Lim.

Hand #23

Andy Lee received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #24

Andy Lee made it 36,000 to go from the small blind and Aaron Lim folded the big.

Hand #25

Aaron Lim raised to 31,000 from the small blind and Jan Suchanek made it 70,000 from the big. Lim deliberated for close to a minute before three-betting to 152,000 and Suchanek quickly mucked.

Hand #26

Jan Suchanek limped in and Andy Lee checked his option to see a 5 T 2 flop fall and Suchanek led out for 15,000 . Lee raised to 35,000 and Suchanek folded.

Updated Chip Counts:

Andy Lee - 1,131,000
Aaron Lim - 918,000
Jan Suchanek - 439,000

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Lim Gets Some Back

Hand #17

The first hand of three-handed action saw Andy Lee receive a walk.

Hand #18

Aaron Lim received a walk.

Hand #19

Andy Lee opened the button to 25,000. Jan Suchanek three-bet to 65,000 and Lee called as the dealer tabled a 5 T J flop. Suchanek led for 90,000 here and Lee decided to make the call. The dealer flipped over a 2 on the turn and this time Suchanek led for 220,000. Back on Lee and he reached for chips as he contemplated what to do next. Eventually Lee made the call and a massive pot was brewing.

Suchanek slowed down on the 8 river, checking over to Lee. After a few moments, Lee also checked and then scooped up the pot when he tabled #js7 – Suchanek’s K Q went into the muck.

Hand #20

Aaron Lim opened the button to 24,000 and Andy Lee called out of the big blind. The dealer spread out a J K 9 flop and Lee checked over to Lim, who bet 33,000. Back on Lee and he opted to check-raise to 76,000. Lim made the call and a 9 hit the turn. Lee and Lim both checked this card and a 7 completed the board.

The river would see Lee check and Lim take his time before also checking. At showdown, Lim tabled #kh2, which was enough to send Lee’s A 5 into the muck. 

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Brendooor Busts in 4th

Brendon Rubie eliminated in 4th
Brendon Rubie eliminated in 4th

Hand #16

Aaron Lim made it 24,000 from the button and Jan Suchanek made the call from the small blind before Brendon Rubie moved all for roughly 220,00. Lim pushed all in also and Suchanek quickly mucked.

Rubie: A 8
Lim: A Q

With Rubie at the disadvantage and needing to spike one of his three outs to remain alive, the 2 6 J flop kept him at the disadvantage, and when the J landed on the turn he would lose an out to the 8 but gain chop outs with any six or two.

Unfortunately for Rubie he will have a 2nd and 4th place WSOP finish on his poker resume as the river landed the 3 to give Lim the flush and knock Rubie to the rail for a AU$74,590 payday as Lim moves to roughly 805,000 in chips.

 

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Suchanek Forced to Fold

Hand #13

Jan Suchanek makes it 30,000 from the button and Andy Lee called from the big blind to see a J 7 4 and Lee checked.

Suchanek bet out 40,000 and Lee made the call to see the Q roll off on the turn. Both players checked as the river landed the K and Lee tossed out a bet of 58,000. Suchanek instantly called and Lee mucked his hand.

WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel stepped in and enforced Suchanek to table his hand although he didn’t want to. Suchanek rolled over his A J and collected the pot to move into the chip lead with over 925,000 in chips.

Hand #14

Aaron Lim received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #15

The action folded to Aaron Lim in the small blind and he raised to 29,000. Jan Suchanek made the call from the big blind to see a 4 J 7 flop spread.

Lim checked and Suchanek bet 30,000 to win the pot.

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Lee Wins a Few

Hand #9

Andy Lee appeared to receive a walk.

Hand #10

Jan Suchanek was under the gun and he raised it up to 30,000. Suchanek received no action, scooping up the blinds and antes.

Hand #11

Brendon Rubie opened to 25,000 from under the gun. Andy Lee called on the button and so too did Jan Suchanek from the big blind. On the 8 8#kc flop, Suchanek and Rubie checked to Lee, who bet 35,000. Suchanek flicked out a call, while Rubie got out of the way.

The dealer flipped over a 7 on the turn and Suchanek again checked. This time Lee bet 68,000 and Suchanek let his cards go, sending the pot to Lee.

Hand #12

Andy Lee was under the gun when he opened to 25,000. The action then folded around the table and Lee scooped up the blinds and antes.

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Higgs Halted in 5th

Sam Higgs eliminated in 5th place
Sam Higgs eliminated in 5th place

Hand #8

Action folded to Aaron Lim and he raised to 24,000 before Jan Suchanek made it 55,000 from the button.

With the action on Sam Higgs in the big blind, he moved all in for 204,000 to prompt a quick fold from Lim. Suchanek thought for a few moments before making the call.

Higgs: A Q
Suchanek: A J

With Higgs in the lead, the J 8 3 flop gave Suchanek the lead, and when the 9 landed on the turn it would leave Higgs drawing to just a queen or a ten to stay alive.

Unfortunately for the local, the K would land on the river to send Higgs to the rail in 5th place for a AU$53,615 payday as Suchanek moves to 825,000 in chips.

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Play Resumes

The cards are now back in the air with the blinds up to 6,000-12,000 and a 2,000-ante.

Here are the updated chip counts from break.

Andy Lee – 893,000
Jan Suchanek – 584,000
Aaron Lim – 532,000
Brendon Rubie – 309,000
Sam Higgs – 206,000

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Billy Seri Out in 6th, Break Time

Billy Seri - 6th Place
Billy Seri - 6th Place

Hand #5

Billy Seri moved all in from the hijack for 46,000 and Andy Lee called out of the small blind. Aaron Lim also called out of the big blind as Seri watched Lim and Lee take to a flop of 3 3 9. Both players checked and a 7 hit the turn. This time Lim bet and Lee folded as Seri and Lim tabled their cards.

Lim: J 3
Seri: K 7

Lim had trip threes, while Seri had caught a piece of the turn. Unfortunately for Seri though, the river bricked off and he was sent home in 6th place, collecting $38,545.

Hand #6

Sam Higgs opened to 27,000 from the cutoff and all others at the table folded.

Hand #7

Aaron Lim opened it up with a raise and picked up the blinds and antes.

Break Time

The players are on a 15-minute break. 

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First Few to Jan

Hand #1

The action folded to Jan Suchanek and he raised to 25,000 from the button. With no small blind, the action was on Billy Seri in the big blind and he folded leaving himself just 27,000.

Hand #2

From the cutoff, Jan Suchanek made it 25,000 to go and Brendon Rubie made the call from the big blind. The flop fell 4 J J and Rubie check-folded to a Suchanek 30,000-chip continuation-bet.

Hand #3

Aaron Lim opened to 20,000 and Sam Higgs made the call to see a J T 6 flop fall. Higgs checked and Lim followed suit to see the 5 land on the turn with Higgs leading for 32,000 to prompt a fold from Lim.

Hand #4

Jan Suchanek made it 25,000 to go and won the blinds and antes.

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Official Final Table Line-Up

We have now reached our official final table of six. Here is how they line-up.

Seat 1: Billy Seri
Seat 2: Brendon Rubie
Seat 3: Sam Higgs
Seat 4: Andy Lee
Seat 5: Aaron Lim
Seat 6: Jan Suchanek

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Higgs Doubles, Gray Eliminated in 7th

Jason Gray - 7th Place
Jason Gray - 7th Place

Rubie wins Blinds

Brendon Rubie opened the action with a raise from the cutoff and picked up the blinds and antes.

Higgs Doubles

Folded to Sam Higgs in the cutoff, he moved all in for 78,000. Jan Suchanek made the call and Higgs was at risk.

Higgs: 3 3
Suchanek: A K

Higgs would need to dodge some cards and that’s exactly what he did as a 7 9 5 T 2 board was spread on the felt.

Gray Eliminated in 7th, Official Final Table Set

Brendon Rubie opened it up to 20,000 from early position. Jason Gray called out of the big blind (leaving himself with 16,000 behind) and the dealer tabled a A 9 T flop. Gray moved all in here and Rubie called. Below is how their cards looked.

Rubie: Q T
Gray: J 9

Gray was behind and looking to be going home. It stayed that way as a 7 turn and a A river completed the board. Just like that, Gray was eliminated in 7th place and we are now finally at our official WSOP APAC final table. 

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Chips Round and Round

Suchanek Betters Higgs

The action folded to Sam Higgs and he made it 22,000 from the cutoff and Jan Suchanek made the call from the big blind to see a 9 8 3 flop fall.

Both players checked to see the 9 land on the turn with both players checking again. The river landed the J and both players checked for a third time to see Suchanek’s 8 7 best Higgs’ K Q.

Top Pair for Lee

Sam Higgs raised to 22,000 only to have Andy Lee make it 40,000 to go. Higgs made the call to see a 4 A 7 flop fall with both players checking as the 6 landed on the turn.

Both players tapped the table for the third time as the J completed the board and Higgs was faced with a bet of 55,000. Higgs quickly called but was forced to muck when Lee tabled his A 5 to collect the pot.

Rubie Raise and Win

Brendon Rubie opened to 20,000 from under the gun and picked up the blinds and antes.

Another for Rubie

Andy Lee raised to 20,000 and Brendon Rubie called from the big blind to see a 6 9 8 flop fall with both players checking. The turn of the 4 saw Rubie bet out 21,000 and Lee quickly folded.

Blinds and Antes for Jan

Jan Suchanek raised to 25,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Lee Wins on Flop

From the button Brendon Rubie made it 20,000 and Sam Higgs made the call, as did Andy Lee.

The flop landed 7 6 Q and Rubie continued for 21,000 before Higgs made the call and Lee check-raised to 60,000. Rubie quickly folded, as did Higgs to see Lee awarded the pot.

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Lee Winning a Couple

Andy Lee at WSOP APAC
Andy Lee at WSOP APAC

Gray Shoves

Folded around to Jason Gray, and he moved all in from the button. He received no action and just like that we were onto the next hand.

Small Lee Win

Andy Lee opened from under the gun and only Sam Higgs called from the but blind. On the K 7 3 flop, Higgs checked and then folded to a bet of 20,000 from Lee.

Lee Looks Strong

Aaron Lim opened to 20,000 from under the gun and the action folded to Brendon Rubie on the button, who three-bet to 49,000. Sam Higgs folded his small blind, while Andy Lee cold four-bet to 119,000. Lim quickly folded and it was back on Rubie, who also folded.

Another One for Lee

The action folded around to Andy Lee in the small blind and he limped in. Aaron Lim checked and the dealer flipped over a T T A flop. Both players checked and a K hit the turn. Lee bet 11,000 here and Lim folded, sending another pot to Lee. 

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Big Pot for Lee

Lee Rivers Lim

Sam Higgs opened to 23,000 and both Andy Lee and Aaron Lim made the call to see a J 5 T flop fall.

Lim and Higgs checked to Lee who bet out 32,000 only to have Lim raise to 87,000 as Higgs kicked his cards to the muck. With the action back on Lee, he made the call as the A landed on the turn and both players checked to reveal the K on the river.

Both players checked again and Lim tabled his J T for two-pair, but it would be Lee’s K J for a rivered superior two-pair that would see him collect the pot.

Suchanek Takes One fom Rubie

Brendon Rubie opened to 20,000 and Jan Suchanek three-bet to 50,000 from the small blind. Rubie made the call to see a 2 T 7 flop fall before Suchanek led out for 70,000 to prompt a fold from Rubie.

Button Steal for Jan

From the button Jan Suchanek made it 25,000 and collected the blinds and antes.

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Lee wins off Lim

Suchanek Wins Blinds

The action folded to Jan Suchanek on the button. He raised it up to 22,000 and both the blinds folded.

Lim Win Blinds

Aaron Lim opened the cutoff to 20,000. The rest of the table was out of the way, with Lim winning the blinds and antes.

Small One for Rubie

Andy Lee opened the action to 20,000 from under the gun. Folded around to Brendon Rubie and he would three-bet to 52,000 from the small blind. Lee decided to get out of the way and Rubie scooped up the pot.

No Action for Suchanek

Jan Suchanek opened it up to 25,000 from early position and picked up the blinds and antes.

The action folded around to Andy Lee in the small blind and he would raise it up to 30,000. Aaron Lim was in the big blind and looked towards Lee’s stack before making the call.

On the 2 3 3 flop, Lee led for 35,000 and Lim made the call. The dealer flipped over the A on the turn and the action was again on Lee, who bet 55,000. Lim called and the dealer completed the board with an A.

On the river, Lee continued his betting, making it 65,000 to go. Lim toyed with his chips, thinking for quite some time before calling. Lee showed A T and Lim mucked as Lee picked up the very handy pot. 

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More of the Same

Easy Pick Up for Jan

Jan Suchanek made it 21,000 from the cutoff and won the blinds and antes.

Seri Shoves

The action folded to Billy Seri on the button and he moved all in for roughly 90,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Another Pot for Suchanek

Jan Suchanek raised to 21,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Lee Raises Rubie

Brendon Rubie kicked it up to 16,000 from the cutoff only to have Andy Lee three-bet to 43,000 from the small blind.

Rubie asked for a count and Lee stated he had roughly 240,000 behind. Rubie paused for a few moments before tossing his cards to the muck.

Lim Wins on Flop

The action folded right round to Aaron Lim in the small blind and he limped in and Jan Suchanek checked.

On the Q T 6 flop Lim bet out 11,000 and Suchanek folded.

Win for Rubie

Brendon Rubie raised to 16,000 and Jason Gray defended his big blind to see a Q 3 6 flop fall.

Gray checked and Rubie bet out 12,000 to prompt a fold from Gray.

The blinds are now up to 5,000-10,000 with a 1,000-ante.

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Higgs On the Move, Suchanek Too

Higgs Staying Active

Folded to Sam Higgs in the cutoff, he raised it up to 20,000. Lim was on the button and he asked Higgs how much he was playing. Satisfied with the answer, Lim three-bet to 52,000. Back on Higgs, he immediately moved all in for a little over 300,000. Lim quickly folded and just like that Higgs had won three hands in a row.

Lim Gets Some Back

Brendon Rubie opened it up to 16,000 from early position and Aaron Lim called from the button, just as Jason Gray did from the big blind.

On the J 8 4 flop, Both Rubie and Gray checked to Lim, who bet 29,000. Gray quickly folded, with Rubie’s cards also hitting the muck as Lim picked up the pot.

Suchanek Rakes it In

Folded around to Aaron Lim in cutoff, he opened it up to 16,000. Jan Suchanek, from the button, three-bet to 40,000. The blinds got out of the way and it was back on Lim, who looked at Suchanek before making the call.

The dealer spread out a 2 8 J flop, which prompted Lim to slowly bet 52,000. Suchanek then promptly raised it to 140,000. Lim decided to let his hand go and Suchanek raked in the pot. 

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Suchanek Losing Chips

Not the best set of hands for Jan
Not the best set of hands for Jan

Rubie Wins Three-Bet Pot

Jan Suchanek made it 21,000 to go from middle position. The action passed to Brendon Rubie in the small blind and he made it 49,000 to go.

Suchanek made the call to see a 2 J 2 flop fall with Rubie leading out for 46,000 to prompt a quick fold from Suchanek.

Rubie Pushes Suchanek Again

Jan Suchanek made it 21,000 for the second consecutive hand and Brendon Rubie slid out another three-bet; this one for the same 49,000 amount. Suchanek quickly folded and Rubie won another pot.

Higgs Snags Lucky Double

From under the gun Jan Suchanek raised to 21,000, and once the action folded to Sam Higgs, he moved all in for 132,000. Suchanek made the call and the cards were placed on their backs.

Higgs: A 9
Suchanek: A Q

With Higgs trailing and at-risk for his tournament life, the 9 3 2 flop gave him the lead and now left Suchanek needing to spike one of his three outs.

The turn of the A changed little, and when the 4 landed on the river, Higgs doubled through to 280,000 while Suchanek dropped to roughly 320,000 in chips.

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Lim Loses Some

Billy Seri ships it in
Billy Seri ships it in

Lee Picks Up the Aggression

Brendon Rubie opened it up to 16,000 from early position and was called by Lee in the cutoff. Onto Jan Suchanek in the small blind and he three-bet to 51,000. Rubie quickly folded and it was back on Lee, who moved all in. Suchanek got out of the way and Lee scooped up the handy little pot.

First All-in Shove

Folded around to Jason Gray in the small blind and he would move all in. Billy Seri was in the big blind and asked for a count. Seri was told it was 96,000 more to go and decided to let his hand go.

Lim Gives Some to Jan

Aaron Lim opened to 16,000 from the hijack and both Jan Suchanek in the cutoff and Brendon Rubie from the big blind would make the call. On the 2 3 4 flop, Rubie checked and Lim led for 27,000. On Suchanek and he opted to raise to 60,000. Rubie got out of the way and the action was back on Lim. Studying his opponent, Lim eventually called.

The dealer flipped over a 4 and Lim would check to the aggressor. Suchanek bet 115,000 here and Lim decided to fold. 

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Lim Surges to One Million

Brendon Rubie cops a bad river
Brendon Rubie cops a bad river

Lim Rivers Set Against Rubie

Aaron Lim kicked the action off with a raise to 16,000 and Brendon Rubie made the call from the small blind to see a K 4 2 flop fall.

Rubie checked and Lim bet out 19,000 which resulted in a call from Rubie as the 7 landed on the turn and Rubie again tapped the table.

Lim paused for a few moments before sliding out a bet of 36,000. Rubie made the call as the dealer dropped the 8 on the river and he checked for the third time over to Lim. After taking nearly a minute to deliberate, Lim slid out a stack amounting to a bet of 86,000.

Rubie made the call and Lim tabled his 8 8 for a rivered set to move to roughly 850,000 as Rubie slipped to 450,000 in chips.

Rubie Folds River to Lim

From under the gun Aaron Lim made it 16,000 to go and Brendon Rubie made the call from the button. The dealer fanned a 9 Q 6 flop and Lim led out for 21,000 which Rubie called as the 2 landed on the turn.

Lim pushed out a bet of 44,000 and Rubie made the call as the A completed the board on the river. Lim continued his aggression by pushing out a bet of 73,000 and Rubie re-checked his hand before tossing them to the muck. Lim is now closing in on 1,100,000 in chips.

Suchanek Three-Bets Lim

From the small blind, Aaron Lim raised it up to 22,000 only to have Jan Suchanek make it 47,000 to go from the big blind.

Lim paused for a few moments before folding his hand.

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Two for Lim, One for Rubie

Lim Getting Aggressive

Brendon Rubie opened to 16,000 from early position. Andy Lee called from the cutoff and Aaron Lim called from the button, along with Jason Gray from the big blind.

Flop: Q 4 3

Gary checked, Rubie bet 22,000 and Lee folded. On Lim and he decided to raise to 65,000. Suchanek folded and it was back on Rubie, who slowly decided to let his hand go.

Lim Letting Loose

Folded around to Aaron Lim in the cutoff, he made it 16,000 to go. The table folded and Lim picked up more chips yet again.

One for Rubie

Andy Lee opened it up to 17,000 and only Brendon Rubie from the big blind made the call. On the Q 9 6 flop, Rubie checked and it was on Lee, who bet another 17,000. Rubie opted to call and the dealer flipped over a 7 on the turn. Rubie checked again and this time Lee also checked.

The board was completed with a 4 on the river and Rubie would this time lead, making it 37,000 to go. Lee took his time before making the call and then quickly mucked when Rubie tabled K Q.

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Blinds Up and First Flop

The blinds are now up to 4,000-8,000 with a 1,000-ante.

First Flop, Another Victory for Lim

Aaron Lim opened to 16,000 from under the gun and Andy Lee made the call from the big blind to see a 8 9 6.

Lee checked and Lim bet out 21,000 to prompt a quick fold from Lee.

Raise and Take for Suchanek

Jan Suchanek made it 21,000 to go from under the gun and picked up the blinds and antes.

One for Higgs

The action folded round to Sam Higgs and he made it 19,000 from the cutoff and picked up the blinds and antes.

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Couple for Lim

Lim Wins Blinds

Aaron Lim opened the cutoff to 12,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Lim Wins Another One

Andy Lee was under the gun plus one when he opened it to 13,000. Aaron Lim, on Lee’s direct left, three-bet to 30,000. The action was back on Lee and he opted to fold.

Seri wins some blinds

Folded to Billy Seri on the button, he opened to 14,000. The blinds folded and he picked up the pot.

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Lim Swinging Big Stack

Lim Draws First Blood

With the button on Andy Lee, the action folded to Brendon Rubie and he made it 12,000 to go from the hi-jack. Aaron Lim paused for a few moments before making it 32,000 to go from the small blind.

Rubie kicked his cards to the muck and Lim captured the first pot of the day to extend his lead.

Suchanek Pushes Back

The action folded round to Aaron Lim in the small blind and he raised to 16,000. From the big blind Jan Suchanek three-bet to 55,000 and Lim folded.

Lim Raises Lee

Andy Lee opened the pot to 13,000 from the cutoff only to have Aaron Lim three-bet to 30,000 from the button to collect the pot once Lee folded.

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Deal the Cards

The players are in their seats, the introductions have been done and the cards are in the air here at the ("unoffical") final table of Event 4: $5,000 Six-Max.

There is currently 8 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in Level 19 (3,000/6,000/1,000). The button is in seat five.  We will be providing hand-for-hand coverage, but the official numbering of the hands will not begin until we have eliminated one player and are at our six-handed “official” WSOP final table. 

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Time to Crown the Six-Max Champion

Brendon Rubie - 2nd in Chips
Brendon Rubie - 2nd in Chips

While hundreds of players are preparing to take to the felt for the WSOP APAC Main Event this evening, seven players are getting ready to try and win a WSOP Gold Bracelet. Today will see a talented final seven become just one in Event 4: $5,000 No Limit Holdem Six-Max.

Although not technically a WSOP final table yet, with seven needing to become six before that statistic is solidified, you can check out the "unoffical" final table draw below. 

WSOP Event 4 - "Unoffical Final Table"
Seat 1: Jason Gray – 159,000
Seat 2: Billy Seri – 145,000
Seat 3: Brendon Rubie – 577,000
Seat 4: Sam Higgs – 168,000
Seat 5: Andy Lee – 412,000
Seat 6: Aaron Lim – 600,000
Seat 7: Jan Suchanek – 463,000   

Jason Gray is an Australian Poker Hall of Fame member and that’s no surprise when you have a look at his record. With results spanning several decades, Gray has well over $1 million in tracked tournament results, including four previous WSOP final tables and a massive 2nd place in 2008 APPT Sydney Main Event. Gray will be looking to make today his time to finally win an overdue gold bracelet.

Billy Seri, yet another Aussie at today’s final table, has been a staple of the Crown Poker Room for many years. Some of Seri’s poker highlights include a runner-up finish in a $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2010 Aussie Millions.

Whether you know him as his online name “Brendooor”, or for live tournament results, Brendon Rubie is well and truly one of the brightest young stars of the Australian poker world. With just shy of $1 million in tournament results on his resume, Rubie will be looking to go one step closer to a gold bracelet today after he finished as the runner-up in the toughly-contested $2,500 Four-Handed event at last year’s WSOP.

Sam Higgs may never have managed to post a big breakthrough poker result, but he still has accumulated a handy little poker resume which includes a final table finish back at the 2009 Aussie Millions. Also hailing from Australia, Higgs will be one of five local players looking to keep the bracelet on home soil.

The name Andy Lee is well known in Australia and that’s not surprising considering the young Aussie (although originally from, and currently based in Malaysia) defeated a tough final table in the Star Poker Summer Series in Sydney to claim a $270,000 first-place prize. That’s not Lee’s only result though, with a 3rd place in the 2011 ANZPT Sydney Main Event and two Aussie Millions Gold Rings part of Lee’s arsenal.

Prior to last year, the rest of the world had not heard of Aaron Lim, but here in Australia we knew we had a poker star in the making. In 2012 alon, Lim amassed more than $650,000 in tournament results, which included 3rd place in the Partouche Poker Tour Grand Final for €417,499. Starting the day as the chip leader, Lim will be very hard to beat.

Describing himself as the “perpetual Czech”, Jan Suchanek has amassed quite a poker record here in Australia, the country he calls a temporary home when he's not in New Zealand. Suchanek has four Aussie Millions final tables on his resume, along with a victory in 2012 in the $1,000 8-Game event. Today will see Suchanek looking to add a WSOP Gold Bracelet to go along with his Aussie Millions Gold Ring.

All the action is set to begin at 12.30 pm local time and once again we will be here to crown the next WSOP APAC champion. We will be providing hand-for-hand coverage all day, but will be tracking the hand numbers and making sure to specifiy once we have reached the "official" WSOP final table. 

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Event Name Event 4 - $5,000 6-Max Hold'em
Venue Crown Casino, Melbourne
Date 9 April 2013
Final Day 11 April 2013
Buy In AU$5,000
Entrants 167
Prize Pool AU$835,000
First Prize AU$233,800
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 50/75
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 75/150
Level 4 0 100/200
Level 5 25 100/200
Level 6 25 150/300
Level 7 50 200/400
Level 8 50 250/500
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 2500/5000
Level 19 1000 3000/6000
Level 20 1000 4000/8000
Level 21 1000 5000/10000
Level 22 2000 6000/12000
Level 23 2000 8000/16000
Level 24 3000 10000/20000
Level 25 4000 12000/24000
Level 26 5000 15000/30000
Level 27 5000 20000/40000
Level 28 5000 25000/50000
Level 29 10000 30000/60000
Level 30 10000 40000/80000
Aaron Lim

Aaron Lim
wins
AU$233,800

Event 4 - $5,000 6-Max Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Aaron Lim AU$233,800
2. Andy Lee AU$144,530
3. Jan Suchanek AU$103,766
4. Brendon Rubie AU$74,590
5. Sam Higgs AU$53,615
6. Billy Seri AU$38,545
7. Jason Gray AU$27,722
8. Binh Nguyen AU$27,722
9. David Yan AU$19,940
10. Dominik Nitsche AU$19,940