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That’s a Wrap on WSOP APAC Six Handed Day 1

Ben Wilinofsky
Chip leader Ben Wilinofsky

After around 170 players made their way to the Crown Poker Room for the Event #4 bracelet chase in six-handed battle format, we were left with 10 tables of players surviving till bag up time. 

The healthy $5,000 buy-in ensured a crème de la crème field of big names. Rising to top of the froth was one of our notables, previous 2011 EPT Berlin champion Benjamin Wilinofsky who finished on a mega 160,400 stack. Hot on his heels were Aussie local lads Sam Higgs on 151,525 and Jonathan Karamilikis on 149,350, who has picked a perfect time to run good after already placing runner-up in the WSOP APAC Event #1 $1,100 Accumulator for $130,743 in prize money. 

Other big names to finish well this evening were Daniel Neilson (105,175), Brendon Rubie (66,200), JC Tran (61,075), Bertrand Grospellier (40,425) and Jean-Robert Bellande (38,725).

That’s it for tonight so we will catch you again tomorrow at 12pm for all the action from Day 2.

Bryan Piccioli Wins First Bracelet Awarded in Australia

Last night the first-ever WSOP bracelet was awarded in Australia but it wasn't won by an Australian. American poker pro Bryan Piccioli defeated home-town hero Jonathan Karamalikis to win his first gold bracelet and $211,575.
 
In today's Daily WSOP Asia Pacific video show we find out how Piccioli got into poker and how much this victory means to him.
 
Keep watching for all the highlights from the 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific.

Level
8
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250/500
Ante
50
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Kelly Eliminated

 

The lovely dealer on Table 17 was able to fill us in on how Dan Kelly was eliminated from the tournament. She advised us that Kelly got all his chips in pre flop holding A-J against a player who had A-K. There would be no help for Kelly, as he would fall just short of making the following day's play.

Level
8
Blinds
250/500
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50
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Hu Collects Near the Bell

With only a few hands to go before we break for the evening you can generally class two kinds of short stack players. Those who tighten up and want to make it through to Day 2 with what they have and those who want to double up so they can return with confidence tomorrow. Nai Hu was able to pick off one of the latter those two player’s stack in this hand.

Proceedings began when Allan Le opened for 1000 and was called before the button player made it 3500 to go. With A K, Hu four-bet to 8625 and action was folded to the button man who moved all in over the top. Hu called and saw his hand was in good shape against A J.

The board of A Q 5 7 5 contained no surprises and Hu took it down.

Level
8
Blinds
250/500
Ante
50
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Five More Hands

 

The tournament Director has just advised the remaining players in the tournament, that they will play five more hands before the completion of the day.

Level
8
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250/500
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50
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Race for the Chip Lead

Chips
Who will finish the chip leader?

With just 20 minutes remaining on the tournament clock, eyes will be on two players, to see who finishes with the overall chip lead at the end of the first day. Both Ben Wilinofsky and Jonathan Karamalikis both sit on stacks around the 140,000 chip-mark, almost 50 thousand more than their nearest competitor.

Level
8
Blinds
250/500
Ante
50
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Collopy Doubles

 

Jim Collopy has found himself a double in the final level of the day. On a flop reading 8 3 J, a player under the gun had 7,900 sitting in the pot in front of his stack, and was facing an all in from Collopy for an additional 8,850 in chips. After a minute or so, he made the call, only to assure himself what he already knew. Collopy tabled his A J for top pair, as his opponent showed the 4 4. The T on the turn and A on the river would not help, as Collopy moves up to 40,000 in chips.

Level
8
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250/500
Ante
50
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ElkY Eliminates Hachem

Tony Hachem is out of the tournament after grinding a short stack for most of the evening and being forced to put his remaining chips in the middle with A 7 against Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier’s Q J in a blind on blind battle. Grospellier then paired his queen on the resulting board.

“It was just a horrible, horrible day,” said Hachem as he was telling us about the hand. 

Level
8
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250/500
Ante
50
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It’s Just Not Brown’s Day

Chad Brown
Brown departs

Chad Brown was seated at the table right in front of our media desk and we noticed him getting up walking off so we grabbed him for his story. He told us raised on the button with Ace-King and was three-bet from the small blind. He four-bet and then called his opponent’s five-bet shove for his tournament life. 

Up against pocket nines and with a 45,000 pot in the middle, Brown failed to improve and the nines held.

“Earlier I lost 18k with pocket eights versus pocket sevens,” said Brown. “It just wasn’t my day.”

Level
7
Blinds
200/400
Ante
50
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WSOP APAC PLO Champ Joins the Fray

Earlier this evening we were watching Jim “Mr_BigQueso” Collopy defeat Edison Nguyen on the big screen to take down the WSOP APAC Event #2 PLO bracelet and $69,662 in prize money.

It has surely been a gruelling couple of days for the online pro from the US so any normal person would think that he has earned a good rest; perhaps some time to recuperate or maybe enjoy some of Melbourne’s sights with a healthy new bankroll? 

Well, clearly Collopy isn’t a normal person as he has made his way down from the upstairs TV table at Crown to enter into the $5000 NLH Six Handed.

One word… baller.

Level
7
Blinds
200/400
Ante
50
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Controversy on Table 17

Jean-Robert Bellande
Bellande unhappy about decision

After 25 minutes, a hand has finally been resolved, after a ruling decision had to be fixed. It all started with Jean-Robert Bellande opening to 1,000 from the cut-off, which was met with a raise to 2,500 from Brendan Rubie on the button. The small blind folded, leaving Jonathan Karamalikis with a decision on the big blind. He threw out a raise to 6,500, which Bellande mistook for a call, as he threw out 2,500 also. The dealer told Bellande the total was 6,500, which brought a fold from Bellande, and the retrieval of the additional 1,500 in chips. That’s when the hand took an extended break. The floor was called over to try and resolve the situation.

“I didn’t know those chips where in play,” said Bellande. “No one ever announced the introduction of those chips into the tournament, and from here the blue ones look the same. ”

The tournament director told Bellande he had to forfeit his 2,500 in chips. But Bellande was definitely not happy with the ruling.

“How is that reasonable? There is no action behind me, so making me commit the other 1,500 is just to f*** me.”

Eventually Bellande committed the 2,500, but not without standing from the table to cool off. The hand continued, as Rubie made the call to see the flop come J 8 6. Karamalikis made a continuation bet of 4,500 and Rubie folded.

Karamalikis is continuing in his good form that earned him a second place in the opening event of the series just last night, as he amasses a stack well over 100,000 in chips.

Level
7
Blinds
200/400
Ante
50
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Chua Climbs to 84k

Charles Chua has been running full steam ahead since an early double up in proceedings when he got a little lucky with his pocket kings versus aces. He now sits on a stack of 84,400 after this hand.

It started with a preflop raise from the cutoff player to 1025. Chua called on the button with 9 9 and Dan Shak called in the big blind. The flop came down 10 7 6 which was checked around.

On the turn 2 the cutoff put in 2025 and Chua was the only one to call. The river 3 was then checked by the cutoff and Chua opted for the conservative approach with a check behind. The cutoff showed #ah7 and Chua took it down.

Level
7
Blinds
200/400
Ante
50
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Steicke Rails Sylvia

Jesse Sylvia
Sylvia is out

Hong Kong resident David Steicke has delivered the knockout blow to 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia. It came in fairly ordinary circumstances when Steicke shoved from the small blind to put pressure on the 3000-odd stack of Sylvia in the big blind.

When Sylvia looked down at his cards he appeared pleasantly surprised to see A J and made the call to be well in front of Steicke’s A 7. But the board of 8 6 3 7 K arrived to send Sylvia on his way. 

Steicke apologised for the suckout and now has over 22,000 in chips in front of him. 

Level
7
Blinds
200/400
Ante
50
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Player Count

The tournament board isn’t saying how many players have registered so far for this event but tournament officials have told us there are around 170 players who have ponied up the $5000 buy-in. Registrations will still be open for the event all the way until tomorrow so we may see this figure rise even further. 

Level
7
Blinds
200/400
Ante
50
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Final Break

 

The remaining players are on their final 15-minute break of the evening. Two more levels will be played out before the completion of the day.

Level
7
Blinds
200/400
Ante
50
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I Have the Nuts

The hand started with the player on the big blind opening to 750, before calling a re-raise to 2,000 from Phil Hellmuth in the small blind. The flop came Q T J, and Hellmuth threw out a continuation bet of 800 which was called. Hellmuth didn’t slow down, betting 2,800 as the 7 came on the turn. He was again called as both players saw the 8 complete the board. A final bet of 6,400 on the river would eventually result in a muck from Hellmuth’s opponent, as he tabled A K.

“I have the nuts!” said Hellmuth after tabling his cards.

That pot moves Hellmuth up to 25,000 in chips.

Level
6
Blinds
150/300
Ante
25
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Healy Eliminates Two

We arrived at the table to see three players with all their chips in the middle of the table. The board read A 6 4 9 4 with Patrick Healy sitting behind A Q, Jason Koon behind A T and a random opponent with K K. Healy’s queen out-kicked Koon’s ten, resulting in the pot being shipped over to him.

After a few minutes of stacking his chips, Healy now has 77,000 in chips.

Level
6
Blinds
150/300
Ante
25
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No Heart for Greenstein

We caught up with three-time WSOP bracelet winner Barry Greenstein in a hand with Australian Tristain Bain. The board was reading 5 7 6 5 and Greenstein had just checked to Bain who counted out 7200 in chips and slipped it into the pot.

The response from Greenstein was a shove over the top with his 25,000 stack. Bain called with K K and saw he needed to dodge another heart when Greenstein turned over A K.

The dealer tabled the 10 river and Bain’s cowboys meant he had railed a big name and added to a stack that was pushing 70,000.

Level
6
Blinds
150/300
Ante
25
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Wilinofsky Soars Higher

Ben Wilinofsky is now one of the biggest stacks in the room. He’s sitting on 63,000 and has just dispatched of another player. Action began when the UTG raised to 700 preflop and Wilinofsky made the call before the small blind, with around a 10k stack, three-bet to 2100. The UTG folded but Wilinofsky four-bet to put his opponent all in.

A call signaled the showdown and it was a race between Wilinofsky’s A J and the small blind’s 2 2. The board came down K Q 7 3 J to pair up Wilinofsky’s jack and rail his opponent. After his departure, Wilinofsky revealed that the two players likely had some history at the table this evening saying, “I’m going to miss him.”

Level
6
Blinds
150/300
Ante
25
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Recent Eliminations, Hellmuth Arrives

Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth is here

Making our way around the room we noticed that notable players Tom Wing, James Obst and Joe  Hachem had been eliminated from the tournament.

However, we were graced with the arrival of Phil Hellmuth, who’s been keeping himself busy. After losing a few chips just after arriving, he managed to get them back after this hand went down.

Hellmuth opened from the cut-off to 550 and was called by both blinds. The flop came J 3 8, and both blinds checked. Hellmuth casually threw out 1,000 and was just called by player in the big blind, as the Q fell on the turn. As soon as the big blind checked again, Hellmuth threw out a 5,000 chip, which brought an immediate fold from his opponent.

Level
5
Blinds
100/200
Ante
25
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Ausmus ‘Busts’ Opponent Twice

Jeremy Ausmus
Ausmus moves up

With a stack now sitting at 36,000, 2012 WSOP Main Event Octo-Niner Jeremy Ausmus is making the best of being seated at Eric Seidel’s table but we haven’t seen the two clash just yet.

We did see Ausmus take on another opponent when he bombed a river for 8000 on a board reading 6 Q 8 Q 6. His opponent eventually made the call but was quick to get up and exit when Asumus showed 6 5 for a full house. However, his departure proved premature when the dealer counted out his stack and realised he had 400 left.

Doing our civic duty, we ran for the exit just in time to send the player back to the table. He then moved in for his last 400 from the button after Ausmus raised to 425 from the cutoff and the big blind came along also.

A flop of A Q 8 was checked before the big blind took a stab for 650 on the 10 turn. Ausmus made the call and then bet 1000 on the 7 river after it was checked to him. The big blind folded and, when Ausmus showed J 9 for the straight, the short stack mucked his cards and was now legitimately busted from the tournament.

Level
5
Blinds
100/200
Ante
25
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Brendon vs Brandon

Brendon Rubie
Rubie out flops Cantu

Brendon Rubie opened to 425 from under the gun, and was called by Brandon Cantu on the big blind. The flop fell 5 K 4 as Cantu checked. Rubie opted to bet out 525, and then called, when Cantu bumped it up to 1,325 in chips.

Both players then happily checked it down, as the turn and river came the 7 and 6.

Cantu tabled his 9 9, but it was no match for Rubie’s T K. Rubie moves up to 13,000 in chips.

Level
5
Blinds
100/200
Ante
25
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Speidel Attempts a Bluff

Oliver Speidel
Speidel back to starting stack

We arrived at the table to see the player on the button open to 500 before 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion Oliver Speidel made the call. The flop came 8 Q 9 as Speidel check-called a bet of 850. Both players checked the J on the turn as the J dropped to complete the board.

This time Speidel led out, throwing in 1,500 in chips. His opponent quickly called, tabling 9 Q. Speidel had shown the 7 5 for a bluff, which quickly went into the muck.

After that hand, Speidel sits on 16,000 in chips.

Level
5
Blinds
100/200
Ante
25
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Brown “Played it Perfectly” And Lost

Chad Brown
Chad Brown takes hit from runner-runner

At the break Chad Brown gave us an interesting hand he played and told us, “I know the player so I played it perfectly for him to bluff off his chips.”

Brown was dealt QJ and called a button raise and saw action every street on a rainbow board of QQ263 that had two diamonds in the flop.

He check-raised his opponent on the flop to 800 but then checked-called 1100 on the turn. After Brown checked the river again, his opponent bet 2500 and then “reluctantly called” Brown’s raise to 5500 with… 54 to take the pot away from Brown's trip ladies with a runner-runner straight.

“So I did have 30k but now I am down to 22k,” said Brown with a chuckle.

Level
5
Blinds
100/200
Ante
25
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Halfway Point

 

The remaining players are on another 15-minute break. They will play four more levels when they return.

Level
4
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100/200
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Mason and Duhamel Clash

Jonathan Duhamel
Duhamel down below starting stack

Englishman Ashely Mason and Jonathan Duhamel have seemed intent on butting heads ever since the 2010 WSOP Main Event champion has joined the table. In one hand they entered into a five-bet raise fest from the button and small blind in which Mason was the one to back down after Duhamel made it 4750 to go.

In the very next hand, Mason raised to 400 preflop and Duhamel called on the button along with the big blind. On a flop of K 4 3 Mason continuation bet 800. Duhamel was the only one to call and the dealer tabled the 2 turn. Again Mason bet, this time 1725 and, again, Duhamel called.

On the river 2 Mason sent a third bullet of 4700 into the middle and Duhamel threw in a single green 25 chip to signal a call, only to sigh when he saw Mason turn over A K. Duhamel flashed K Q before mucking and is down to 12,000 in chips.

Level
4
Blinds
100/200
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Juanda Skips Ahead with Ladies

Five-time WSOP bracelet winner John Juanda has been travelling well at the tables today and now sits on a stack of over 30,000. He picked up 8000 of that after three-betting an early position raise from the button with Q Q. An opponent in the small blind then wasted no time in getting his entire stack of around 7500 in the middle. The original raiser folded and Juanda quickly called to see his ladies were up against A K in an all-time classic race in poker.

The dealer pealed off a board of 2 8 5 3 9 to send the pot to Juanda and eliminate the short stack.

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4
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100/200
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Lisandro Rivered

Jeff Lisandro
Lisandro Exits

The action started with the player seated under the gun opening to 500. Jeff Lisandro was next to act, and called, as the rest to the table got out of the way.

The flop fell 3 Q Q as Lisandro’s opponent instantly bet out 800. He made the quick call, and then again for 1,500, when the turn produced the 7. When the J completed the board, the aggressor again threw out 3,000 in chips, as Lisandro slowed down. He counted out a raise, before throwing out 7,000. His opponent grabbed a tower of 1,000 chips, and placed them in the middle, covering Lisandro, who called.

“Did you hit the Jack?” asked Lisandro, as his opponent tabled J J.

 

Lisandro opened his cards to the rest of the table, before standing up from his chair, and making his way out of the room.
Level
4
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100/200
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The Force is Strong with Karamilikis

Jonathan Karamalikis
Jedi Master Karamalikis

Aussie lad Jonathan Karamilikis is having a pretty good WSOP APAC so far. He came runner-up in last night’s Event #1 $1100 Accumulator final table to take home $130,743 and now he has had a cracking start in today’s $5000 Six Handed event.

We saw him knock out a shorter stacked opponent after he checked a board of K 5 K 9. His opponent shoved only to be snap-called by Karamilikis who held A K for trip kings. The opponent had outs to the flush with A 10 but it didn’t come on the 7 river.

“You’re like Yoda,” said fellow Aussie on the table Jackie Glazier after the knocked out player left his seat. “You can just make them put their chips in,” which was no doubt a reference to the old Jedi mind trick that Karamilikis has obviously mastered to get him where he is in poker today.

Karamilikis gave a little chuckle at that and went about counting his 39,000 stack.

Level
3
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75/150
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They Keep Coming

Notable players are popping up everywhere, as players can register up until the start of play tomorrow. David Steicke has taken his seat in the back corner of the room, whilst Brendon Rubie is seated to the immediate left of good friend Jackie Glazier and fellow Australian Jonathan Karamilikis.

The third is eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel. He was recently spotted opening a pot to 350 and receiving a call from Australian Hall of Famer Gary Benson on the button, as well as 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Tyron Krost, who was on the big blind.

The board came J 2 2 and Krost checked. Seidel continued with a bet of 500 before being met with a quick raise to 1,200 in chips. Krost mucked and Seidel followed suit, relinquishing his hand.

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3
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75/150
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Some More Arrivals

Joe Hachem
Hachem Arrives

Following the break, we spotted some well-known names taking their seats including Jackie Glazier, Dan Shak and Joe Hachem.

Hachem involved himself immediately, by opening to 400 from under the gun. Masa Kagawa called from the cut-off as well as Daniel Neilson in the big blind.

“How much do you have Masa?” asked Hachem, preparing to see the flop.

Kagawa gave Hachem his count as the flop came 5 8 A. Neilson checked, as Hachem threw out a continuation bet of 550. Kagawa called, and Neilson folded, as the T fell on the turn. Hachem checked over to Kagawa, who after a minute, threw out a bet of 1,100 in chips. Hachem looked down at his cards, and eventually mucked.

Level
3
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75/150
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Mr Macau Handed Hail Mary on River

Charles Chua
Charles Chua up over 26k

Malaysian Charles “Mr Macau” Chua just got all his money in preflop with K K and was sickened to see he was up against an opponent’s A A. That was until the dealer tabled 8 9 4 3 K, giving him a heaven-sent set of kings on the river. Chua just had his opponent covered and doubled up to over 26,000 in chips.

Level
3
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75/150
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Play Resumes

 

The remaining players have returned from their breaks.

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3
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75/150
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Break Time

 

The players in today's field are on their first break of the day.

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2
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50/100
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Piccioli Continues Domination

Bryan Piccioli
Piccioli continues good form

It was only yesterday that Bryan Piccioli outlasted a giant field to be crowned the WSOP APAC $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Accumulator champion. We just spotted him continue his good form, eliminating Poker Asia Pacific blogger Daniel Laidlaw from the tournament.

The hand started with Laidlaw opening to 500 from the button, and having Kahle Burns and Piccioli call from the blinds. The flop came 8 7 2 and Burns led out 575. Piccioli made the call, before Laidlaw raised to 1,600 in chips. Burns instantly folded, as Piccioli made the call to see the J fall on the turn. Piccioli checked his option, as Laidlaw counted out a stack of chips totalling 3,400, and placed them in the middle. Piccioli sat there motionless, before announcing all-in and was snap-called.

Piccioli: 7 7
Laidlaw: 7 8

Laidlaw had flopped two-pair, but had run into the monster set of sevens held by Piccioli. The T on river would mean the end for Laidlaw, as Piccioli looks to make another deep run in a WSOP event.  

Level
2
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50/100
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Early Exit for Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari
Esfandiari bows out

We caught up with Antonio Esfandiari’s table as he pondered calling an opponent’s raise on a board of 8 7 4 J. The Magician already had a bet of 3325 in front of him and had been repopped to 8325 by Mike Ivan.

Esfandiari was deep in the tank and finally decided to reraise Ivan and they collectively pot all their chips in the middle. With cards on their backs Esfandiari had a middle-pin straight-flush draw with 5 3 but needed to hit his outs against Ivan’s 10 9 already made straight.

The J river wasn’t what the all-time highest poker tournament money earner had in mind and he stood up and said, “Good luck, guys” before departing the tournament floor. 

Level
2
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50/100
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Wilinofsky Recovers from Mistimed Bluff

2011 EPT Berlin Main Event champion Ben Wilinofsky is rocking some wicked white fury shoes at the table and hasn’t been afraid to play aggressively in the early stages of this tournament.

We first caught Wilinofsky take on a shorter stacked opponent by putting him all in on a king-high board holding only queen-high. Unfortunately for Wilinofsky his opponent held Big Slick so called him off with his top-pair top-kicker.

A few hands later Wilinofsky repopped an opponent’s 300 raise to 900 and a call sent the two players to a flop of 8 A 3. Here Wilinofsky slowed down with a check which prompted his opponent to bet out 1200 on the K turn. A call brought the 5 river and both players checked it down.

The opponent was first to show his 10 10 but they weren’t good enough against Wilinofsky’s Q Q. His stack now sits at 12,100.

Level
2
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50/100
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Jordanou Loses First Hand

Joe Cheong
Cheong Welcomes Jordanou

Bill Jordanou didn’t waste any time getting involved in today’s action. In his first hand, Jordanou led out for 300 and found a call from Joseph Cheong in the big blind. The flop came 3 T K and Cheong check-called a continuation bet of 625, before both players checked the A on the turn.

The Q completed the board, and Cheong quickly bet out 1,150 in chips, producing a quick fold from Jordanou.

Cheong moves up to 16,000 as Jordanou moves down to 14,000 in chips.  

Level
2
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50/100
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Locals Tussle

Australia’s very own Bruno Potaro and Tony Hachem were just involved in a hand on one of the outer tables in the Crown Poker Room. The table folded around to Potaro who opened to 175 from the small blind, before Hachem threw out 400 in chips. Potaro didn’t even hesitate, throwing out a re-raise to 1,175. Hachem sat back for a moment, before making the call to see the flop come down 6 Q 3.

“Relax,” joked Potaro, as he bet out 1,600 in chips the moment the flop was dealt. Hachem looked disappointed, as he mucked his cards into the pot.

Potaro tabled A K as he moves up to 20,000 in chips. Hachem has dropped down to 13,500 early in proceedings.

Level
1
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50/75
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Koon the Aggressor

Jason Koon
Koon Building Early

We caught the action with the player in the hijack opening to 200, before facing a raise to 500 from Jason Koon in the cut-off. The table folded back around to the original player who opted to raise to 1,100, which Koon called.

Flop: Q T K

As soon as the dealer had spread out the flop, the player in the hijack bet out 1,200 before Koon casually counted out 3,300 in chips, and placed them into the middle. Not wanting to give up the hand just yet, the hijack player re-raised once more to 5,300 in chips but was met with an even quicker raise to 8,300.

Realising he was beat, Koon’s opponent laid down his hand. Koon now sits on 21,500 in chips.

Level
1
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50/75
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Merson versus Obst

There has been some early fireworks on Table 22 in which 2012 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson has had his stack cut down to just under 8000. Much of the damage happened in this hand with James Obst.

Obst opened for 275 preflop from the hijack and Merson made it 700 to go from the cutoff. Obst stuck with him as the dealer tabled 7 5 7. After it was checked to him Merson fired another 750 bullet into the pot and a call brought the 4 turn.

Merson again reached for chips and sent 1650 more into the middle, but still Obst wasn’t going anywhere and placed in a call. On the Q river, Obst again checked and Merson couldn’t find another bullet in arsenal to get Obst off his hand. After first asking the dealer if he had to show first, Merson reluctantly turned over A K for ace-high and couldn’t beat Obst’s 8 8.

Level
1
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50/75
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More Notables

We’ve just done another quick scan around the room and noticed a few more names of note. Table 22, in fact, has three of them – Barry Greenstein, Greg Merson and James Obst – and will certainly be one to keep an eye on.

Others we’ve seen are Benny Spindler, Dan Kelly, Khale Burns, Steven Chew, Gordon Huntly, Antonis ‘Toothpick Tony” Kambouroglou, Michael Marvanek, Winfred Yu and Eugene Katchalov.

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1
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50/75
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We’re Naming Names

As expected the who’s who of poker players have arrived for this event. Seated at the tables so far are international players that need little introduction such as Antonio Esfandiari, JC Tran, Jason Koon, Mike Leah, Angel Guillen, Joseph Cheong, Rupert Elder, Dominik Nitsche, David Vamplew, Allen Le and Marvin Rettenmaier.

American Bryan Picciolli is also here, fresh from his $211,575 bracelet win in last night’s final table of WSOP APAC Event #1.

Asia-Pacific is also well represented with players such as Jeff Lisandro, Tony Hachem, Daniel Laidlaw, Oliver Speidel, Jarrod Glennon, James Broom, Ivan Zalac, Hai Bo Chu, Charles Chua and Sparrow Cheung.

Level
1
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50/75
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Event 4 $5000 NLH Six Handed is About to Kick Off

We are now well and truly getting into the guts of the WSOP APAC bracelet chases in the Crown Poker Room. Today we have Day 2 of the 8 Game event running its course, the final table of the PLO event happening as we speak upstairs and, now, it’s time for the WSOP APAC Six Handed event.

As we may all know, table aggression will be big factor at six-handed and the PokerListings live reporting team is certainly looking forward to some ramped up action. A $5000 buy-in is also certainly nothing to be sniffed at so we can probably also expect some quality players lining up to take part.

With a 15,000 starting stack and blinds starting at 50/75, there’ll be plenty of room to move and – as those immortal words of ‘shuffle up and deal’ have just been announced – we had better get a move on ourselves!

So stay tuned for all the exciting highlights coming up…

Level
1
Blinds
50/75
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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