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Daniel Negreanu Wins the WSOP APAC Main Event ($1,038,825)

Champion, Daniel Negreanu
Champion, Daniel Negreanu

Five days ago 405 players took to the felt of the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia for the inaugural WSOP APAC Main Event. Each and every one of those players all hoped to become the first-ever champion, but only one could go down in the history books this evening, and tonight that is none other than poker super star Daniel Negreanu.

Beginning just over twelve hours ago, the WSOP APAC Main Event final table kicked off with eight starry-eyed players at the table. From the very first hand and through the first few levels it was clear we were in for a long day of tough poker. It took almost three hours before the first elimination, with last year’s ‘Octo-Niner’ Russell Thomas finding the rail in 8th place. From there, the action marched on as local player Mikel Habb (7th), start-of-the-day chip leader Benny Spindler (6th) and Kahle Burns (5th) all found the rail a few places shy of glory.

During the night and especially during four-handed play, one of the talking points was Winfred Yu’s ability to stay alive as he had been all in a total of seven times without finding the rail. Yu continued to hang onto life as George Tsatsis hit the rail in 4th place when a miracle river gave Negreanu the goods and enough to take a massive chip lead into three-handed action.

Having survived an eighth all in, it was the ninth time unlucky for Yu as he would be eliminated in a very gallant 3rd place. Being that Negreanu dealt the fatal blow to Yu, he would take a 10-1 chip lead into the heads-up battle against Aussie Daniel Marton.

The champagne was on ice, a ridiculous sum of cash was on the table and the bracelet was Negreanu’s for the taking. However, it wouldn’t be that easy as Marton scored some lucky cards to double up and become a threat. Negreanu was visibly frustrated, but destiny would be on his side as the final hand would fall his way and he would be crowned the champion.

WSOP APAC Main Event – Final Table Results
1st: Daniel Negreanu - $1,038,825
2nd: Daniel Marton - $637,911
3rd: Winfred Yu - $423,225
4th: George Tsatsis - $284,715
5th: Kahle Burns - $201,994
6th: Benny Spindler - $146,205
7th: Mikel Habb - $107,730
8th: Russell Thomas - $82,721

Not only does Daniel Negreanu go home with a cool seven-figure score for his victory, the WSOP APAC Main Event marks his fifth gold bracelet. It’s also a bit of retribution for his runner-up finish back in the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2009.  A big congratulations to Daniel Negreanu as he continues to solidify his place in the history books as one of poker’s all-time greats.


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Daniel Marton eliminated in 2nd place ($637,911); Daniel Negreanu Wins!

Daniel Marton - 2nd place
Daniel Marton - 2nd place

Hand #220

Daniel Marton raised to 125,000 before Daniel Negreanu moved all in. Marton instantly called!

Marton: A 7
Negreanu: 2 2

The flop was a bare 6 J K, but Marton picked up a straight draw on the T turn. The room was silent as they waited for the river to fall.  A collective sigh of relief was followed by a round of applause as the 4 bricked on the river, leaving Negreanu’s ducks to win the pot and the championship!

Well done to Aussie Daniel Marton who fought valiantly on this final table, only to fall just short, but $637,911 for 2nd place is a tremendous accomplishment.

For Daniel Negreanu it’s his 5th WSOP bracelet which will mean just as much to him as the $1,038,825 in prize money.

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A couple of small ones

Hand #218

A raise to 125,000 from Daniel Marton on the button was good to win the pot.

Hand #219

Daniel Negreanu limped the button and Daniel Marton checked his option. The flop fell 3 Q 7 and Marton checked before Negreanu bet for 75,000. Marton made the call and the 9 hit the turn.

Marton checked and Negreanu made it 125,000 to go. It was too much for Marton who let it go.

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One Flop in these Five

Hand #213

Daniel Negreanu had the button and made the flat call. Daniel Marton opted to raise to 175,000. Back on Negreanu and he would make the call.

The 9 4 3 flop would  see Marton lead for 140,000 and Negreanu quickly fold.

Hand #214

Daniel Marton opened the button to 125,000. On Daniel Negreanu and he would three-bet to 310,000. Marton moved all in and Negreanu instantly folded.

Hand #215

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 125,000 and Daniel Marton folded.

Hand #216

Daniel Marton quickly folded the button.

Hand #217

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 125,000 and Daniel Marton three-bet shipped his stack in the middle. Negreanu instantly folded.

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Another chop!

Hand #210

A raise to 125,000 from Daniel Marton was met with a re-raise from Daniel Negreanu. He moved all in to put Marton to the test. The two exchanged some friendly banter before Marton gave it up.

Hand #211

Daniel Negreanu limped the button before Daniel Marton checked his option in the big blind to see a flop of A 8 J. Marton checked it over to Negreanu who bet 75,000. Marton released and the chips went the way of Negreanu.

Hand #212

Daniel Marton raised to 125,000 from the button and Daniel Negreanu defended to take a J T 9 flop. Negreanu checked to Marton who bet 135,000. Negreanu check-raised all in and Marton insta-called.

Marton: 8 7
Negreanu: 8 7

Both players had flopped the straight so again we’d see a chop when the 8 turn and Q completed the board. Chop it up!

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Marton Has Alligator Blood

Hand #209

Daniel Negreanu had the button when he raised it up to 125,000. Daniel Marton didn’t take too long before moving all in.

“Count it,” said Negreanu with a sigh.

It was 1,700,000 to call and call, Negreanu did.

Negreanu: A 8
Marton: 8 4

Negreanu was a huge favourite to win the hand, but the 7 5 A flop certainly had him sweating. When the 6 hit the turn, Negreanu slammed the table in frustration as Marton had made his straight.

Marton was destined to double up, but the 9 hit the river and gave the players a chop. Negreanu didn’t realize this as he was still frustrated, but eventually saw the board.

“Oh we chop!” Negreanu exclaimed. The room erupted in laughter.

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Marton taking it up to Kid Poker

Hand #204

Daniel Marton raised to 125,000 from the button and Daniel Negreanu quickly gave it up.

Hand #205

Daniel Negreanu came in with a raise to 125,000. Daniel Marton folded and Negreanu collected the pot.

Hand #206

A raise from Daniel Marton to 125,000 was met with a re-raise to 310,000 from Daniel Negreanu in the big blind. Marton made the call and the two saw a flop of 2 5 J.

Negreanu was first to act and he led out for 310,000. Marton considered his options but decided to give it up.

Hand #207

Daniel Negreanu limped the button with Daniel Marton checking his option in the big blind. They saw a 8 K T flop and Marton checked it across to Negreanu. He bet 75,000 but Marton responded with a check-raise to 225,000. Negreanu released and Marton raked in the pot.

Most of the poker world may be cheering for Negreanu, but Marton isn’t going to go down without a fight!

Hand #208

A raise to 125,000 from Daniel Marton was enough to take it down uncontested.

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Nice One for Negreanu

Hand #201

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 125,000 and Daniel Marton folded.

Hand #202

Holding the button and plenty more chips than just two hands ago, Daniel Marton opened it up to 125,000. Daniel Negreanu three-bet to 310,000 and it was back on Marton, who moved all in. Negreanu couldn’t find a call and it was more chips to Marton.

Hand #203

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 125,000. Daniel Marton quickly responded with a three-bet to 325,000. Negreanu made the call and a Q Q J flop was spread on the felt.

Marton led for 325,000 and Negreanu made the call. The turn was a T and Marton wouldn’t slow down here, betting another 450,000. Negreanu stared his opponent down and made the call.

The river brought about a 5 and Marton remained stoic as he opted to this time check. Negreanu also checked and Marton’s 7 7 hit the muck. Negreanu had a pair of tens and scooped up the pot.

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Marton survives!

Hand #199

Daniel Negreanu limped the button and Daniel Marton checked his option. They took a flop of 7 9 K and Marton checked it to Negreanu who bet 75,000 which was enough to take it down.

Hand #200

Hand number two hundred saw Daniel Marton enter the pot with a raise to 125,000. Daniel Negreanu re-raised all in and Marton instantly called!

Negreanu: A 8
Marton: Q J

Negreanu wasn’t looking for a sweat this time.

“I’ve had enough fun tonight. Let’s finish it!” said Negreanu but there were groans around the room as the flop landed T 5 9 to give Marton plenty of outs. The turn was the 2 but the river fell the 8 to spike the straight for Marton for the double up!

Marton’s stack of 1,325,000 was doubled and suddenly its game on!

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First Heads-Up Hands

Hand #195

The first hand of the heads-up battle saw Daniel Negreanu limp the button. Daniel Marton then moved all in and Negreanu said, “You win,” as he folded.

Hand #196

Daniel Marton folded the button. Negreanu took the walk.

Hand #197

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 120,000 and Daniel Marton folded.

Hand #198

Daniel Marton opened the button to 125,000 and Daniel Negreanu called. The dealer flipped over a Q 9 5 flop and both players checked. The 8 turn was also checked and a Q completed the board on the river. Negreanu led for 180,000 on the river and Marton called.

“King high,” said Negreanu.

It wasn’t strong enough as Marton tabled 8 6 for a pair and enough for the pot.

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Heads-up chip counts

The final table is nearly set for heads-up play. The chips are ready, we’re just waiting for a cool one million Aussie dollars to be wheeled up on to the stage. Daniel Negreanu is holding a massive chip lead after a dominant performance so far.

Daniel Negreanu – 11,010,000
Daniel Marton – 1,150,000

Can Negreanu go all the way and capture his 5th WSOP bracelet or will the little-known Daniel Marton shock the world with a comeback for the ages? We’ll be under way in a few minutes. Stay tuned!

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Winfred Yu eliminated in 3rd place ($423,225)

Winfred Yu - 3rd place
Winfred Yu - 3rd place

Hand #194

Winfred Yu had the button and he raised to 150,000. Daniel Negreanu called in the big blind and the flop landed 2 8 A. Negreanu checked it over to Yu and he declared himself all in for around one million. Negreanu insta-called and the cards were on their backs.

Yu: A K
Negreanu: J 9

Yu had top pair but Negreanu’s run of cards continued as he had already flopped the flush. It was going to be a miracle for Yu to get out of this one, and he couldn’t survive as the T turn and T river saw Yu’s epic run come to an end. He survived eight previous all-in clashes before finally running out of lives in 3rd place for $423,225 in prize money.

There will now be a short break as they setup the final table for heads-up play.

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Mind games

Hand #191

Winfred Yu put his new-found chips to work with a raise from the button to 125,000, but Daniel Negreanu declared himself all in from the big blind to put the pressure back on Yu.

Negreanu was talking up a storm about the pay jumps, people folding and not wanting to screw up, making sure he was right in the heads of both opponents.  Don’t think it bothered Yu in the slightest, but he folded anyway.

Hand #192

Daniel Marton open-shoved from the button and took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #193

The button was with Daniel Negreanu and he raised to 120,000. Both opponents again folded.

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Yu and his Eight Lives

Hand #190

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 130,000 and the action was on Winfred Yu in the small blind. Yu took a few moments before moving all in for around 600,000. Daniel Marton was next to act, from the big blind, and also took his time before calling. Negreanu quickly folded and Yu was at risk.

Marton: 8 8
Yu: Q 7

When the Q 5 4 flop hit the felt, Yu had yet again taken the lead when at risk and behind.

“That’s your eighth life,” said Negreanu. "You've only got one more!"

“You’re putting on a clinic today,” Negreanu added.

And a clinic it was as a K turn and a 9 river completed the board to give Yu the double up.

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Can Negreanu be stopped?

Hand #185

Winfred Yu had the button and first action. He folded, as did Daniel Marton as Daniel Negreanu collected another walk.

Hand #186

Daniel Negreanu bet enough from the small blind to put Winfred Yu all in, but he wasn’t interested. Chalk another one up for Negreanu.

Hand #187

Daniel Negreanu opened to 130,000 from the button and again received no resistance. Perhaps a good thing, as he flashed pocket tens.

Hand #188

Winfred Yu moved all in from the button for 595,000 and both Daniels folded.

Hand #189

Daniel Negreanu raised to 130,000 from the small blind and Winfred Yu folded.

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Not Too Much Action

Hand #180

Daniel Marton opened the button to 150,000. That was enough to pick up the blinds and antes.

Hand #181

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 130,000 and scooped up the blinds and antes.

Hand #182

Daniel Negreanu received a walk.

Hand #183

Daniel Marton opened the button to 130,000. Daniel Negreanu folded the small blind, while Winfred Yu called out of the big blind.

The dealer slid out a 4 5 4 flop. Yu check-folded to a bet here as Marton picked up the small pot.

Hand #184

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 130,000. Daniel Marton then three-bet shoved out of the big blind and Negreanu folded.

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Two Nothings and a Break

Hand #178

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 130,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #179

Winfred Yu had the button and moved all in 905,000. Daniel Marton contemplated his decision for a long time before letting it go. Daniel Negreanu quickly folded the big blind and Yu picked up the chips.

Quick Break

A few technical issues has seen the players head on a quick break.

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Fast and furious

Hand #173

Unknown action. After the shock of the previous hand, there was still commotion on the set while the next hand went down. We believe it was a walk for Daniel Negreanu.

Hand #174

Daniel Negreanu raised to 130,000 before Winfred Yu declared himself all in. Negreanu gave it up.

Hand #175

Daniel Negreanu took down another pot with a preflop raise from the button.

Hand #176

Daniel Marton raised from the small blind and Daniel Negreanu called. The flop landed 6 5 7 and Marton checked to Negreanu who bet 155,000 to take it down.

Hand #177

Daniel Negreanu moved all in from the small blind to put Winfred Yu to a decision for all of his chips. He thought for a bit before letting it go.

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George Tsatsis Eliminated in 4th Place ($284,715)

George Tsatsis - 4th Place
George Tsatsis - 4th Place

Hand #171

Daniel Negreanu opened it up to 130,000 from the button. The action was Winfred Yu in the big blind and he went into the tank. Eventually he folded and Negreanu picked up the pot.

Hand #172

Daniel Negreanu opened it up again, making it 130,000 from under the gun. George Tsatsis three-bet to 290,000 from the button. Back on Negreanu and he made the call.

The Q J J flop would see Negreanu check and Tsatsis bet 275,000. Negreanu made the call and the dealer flipped over a 4 turn. Negreanu checked again and Tsatsis slid out a big stack of chips. It was 510,000 to Negreanu.

After a few moments, Negreanu leaned back in his chair and moved all in. Tsatsis made a quick call and the two players turned their hands over.

Negreanu: A Q
Tsatsis: J 9

Negreanu had ran into the trips of Tsatsis and it was looking like the Aussie would be doubling up. That is, until the Q was slapped on the river, giving Negreanu the better full house.

Just like that, we had lost Tsatsis in 4th place, for which he picked up $284,715.  

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Relentless George

Hand #167

Daniel Negreanu opened to 130,000 from the button, before the three-betting machine that is George Tsatsis popped it up to 300,000. Negreanu opted to get out of the way as Tsatsis took the first pot after the break.

Hand #168

Action folded to Winfred Yu in the small blind. He announced himself all in and successfully took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #169

Daniel Negreanu received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #170

Daniel Marton raised to 125,000 on the button. Daniel Negreanu made the call in the small blind before George Tsatsis three-bet again to 375,000 from the big blind. Marton folded but Negreanu spouted some friendly banter, calling Tsatsis “relentless”, before making the call.

The flop landed K A Q and both checked to see the 4 on the turn. Check, check to the 2 river and again no action.  Negreanu showed queen-jack which was good as Tsatsis tabled pocket sevens.

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Let's Play Some More Poker

The players are back from their break, back in the seats and ready to continue playing.

We are commencing the next level (27), with blinds at 30,000/60,000 and with a 10,000 ante.

Daniel Negreanu – 6,230,000
Daniel Marton – 2,545,000
George Tsatsis – 2,338,000
Winfred Yu – 1,047,000

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Not Much and then a Break

Hand #163

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 100,00 and Winfred Yu called out of the big blind. The 8 5 9 flop would see both players check as a 2 would hit the turn. Yu led for 105,000 here and Negreanu made the call. The 9 river would see Yu check and Negreanu bet 245,000.

Yu went deep into thought on the river, taking more than two minutes to let his cards go.

Hand #164

Daniel Negreanu opened it up to 115,000 from under the gun. George Tsatsis was on the button and three-bet to 255,000. Negreanu made the call and a 8 5 9 flop was spread on the felt.

Both players checked to see a 2 hit the turn. This time Negreanu would lead with a bet, making it 340,000 to go. Tsatsis opted to fold as the pot went to Negreanu.

Hand #165

The action folded around to Daniel Negreanu in the big blind as he received a walk.

Not a great time to get a walk as Negreanu tabled pocket aces.

Hand #166

Daniel Negreanu opened the small blind to 150,000 and George Tsatsis made the call. On the 8 5 6 flop, Negreanu checked and Tsatsis bet 250,000. Negreanu folded and the pot went to Tsatsis.

Break

The four remaining players have made their way on another 15-minute break.

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Big slick sweat

Hand #159

Daniel Negreanu opened to 100,000 and took it down uncontested.

Hand #160

George Tsatsis opened to 125,000 from the button and took it down without resistance.

Hand #161

A raise to 125,000 again from George Tsatsis was called by Daniel Negreanu in the big blind. The flop was 9 J Q and Negreanu check-called for 135,000.

The 2 was checked by both players before the river 8 arrived. Negreanu bet out for 155,000 and started a verbal barrage of jibberish before Tsatsis made the call. Negreanu showed 8 9 for two pair to win the pot.

Hand #162

Winfred Yu came in with a raise to 125,000 first to speak before George Tsatsis put in yet another three-bet from the big blind, this time to 400,000. Yu came back by declaring himself all in for 1.28 million and Tsatsis thought for a moment before he made the call.

Tsatsis: A K
Yu: A K

Big slicks everywhere! The board brought a club sweat but the 4 2 T 6 A board left the two players to chop up the pot.

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Daniel Negreanu Going for Fifth WSOP Gold Bracelet (Video)

Daniel Negreanu is no stranger to WSOP final tables, having made one already this series, and he's got another shot at his fifth gold bracelet here tonight, not to mention over $1 million.

We caught him on the break to find out how he posts such consistent results at the World Series of Poker.


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Double, Double Ups

Hand #156

Daniel Negreanu made it 115,000 to go from under the gun and George Tsatsis three-bet to 390,000. On Daniel Marton in the big blind and he would move all in for just over 1 million. Negreanu folded and Tsatsis called.

Marton: T 7
Tsatsis: K K

The 8 T 9 flop was good for Marton and the 6 turn was even better. The river was a 4 and just like that Marton had doubled up.

Hand #157

George Tsatsis raised to 115,000 from under the gun and Daniel Negreanu called out of the big blind. The dealer spread out a 7 Q K flop and Negreanu checked. Tsatsis bet 175,000 and Negreanu quickly folded.

Hand #158

Winfred Yu was under the gun and shoved all in for 665,000. Daniel Marton and Daniel Negreanu got out of the way, before it was on George Tsatsis in the big blind, He asked to verify the count before making the call.

Yu: J T
Tsatsis: 3 3

Yu was at risk again and when the Q K K flop hit the felt, it felt like Yu was going to receive a get out of jail free card yet again. The 2 turn didn’t quite do it, but the A turn meant Yu had made a straight to double up when at risk yet again.

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George full of aggression

Hand #151

Daniel Negreanu raised to 100,000 on the button and George Tsatsis made the call in the small blind.  Winfred Yu then declared himself all in from the big blind for 630,000 which forced fold from his opponents.

Hand #152

Daniel Marton picked up a walk in the big blind.

Hand #153

George Tsatsis made it 115,000 first to speak and the table folded around.

Hand #154

Daniel Marton made it 100,000 to play from the button but George Tsatsis continued with his three-betting warfare, making to 290,000 in the big blind. The stoic Marton thought for a minute before a four-bet to 475,000 but Tsatsis moved all in to put Marton to a decision for his tournament life. Marton released as Tsatsis’ aggression is paying big dividens short-handed.

Hand #155

Daniel Negreanu raised to 100,000 on the button and Winfred Yu made the call in the big blind. The flop of K A 3 was checked by Wu and Negreanu bet out 115,000 to take it down.

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One Flop in Five

Hand #146

Daniel Marton was on the button when he raised it up to 105,000. On George Tsatsis in the big blind and he would three-bet to 700,000. Tsatsis won the pot.

Hand #147

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 100,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #148

Daniel Negreanu raised to 100,000 and for the second time in a row, picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #149

Daniel Negreanu received a walk. More chips for Negreanu!

Hand #150

Daniel Negreanu was in the small blind when he raised it up to 140,000. George Tsatsis three-bet to 325,000 and Negreanu called.

The 8 6 T flop (the first we have seen in a while), would see Negreanu check and Tsatsis bet 325,000. Back on Negreanu and he would raise it up to appeared to be 925,000. Tsatsis folded and Negreanu claimed to be holding 9-7.

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Yu won't die

Hand #142

Daniel Negreanu raised to 140,000 from the small blind to win the pot.

Hand #143

Daniel Negreanu raised to 100,000 on the button and again won the blinds and antes uncontested. 

Hand #144

George Tsatsis popped it to 120,000 from the button and won the blinds and antes. Daniel Negreanu has started singing – he’s clearly enjoying himself at the table while his opponents continue to allow him to accumulate chips without any real resistance.

Hand #145

Winfred Yu open-jammed the button for around 400,000 and Daniel Negreanu squeezed his cards before giving a wry smile and making the call.

Yu: Q 6
Negreanu: A A

Unbelievably Negreanu found aces in the big blind but it wasn’t over just yet as the flop landed T 4 2. The room let out a collective “oooh” but Negreanu cheered for some reason, clearly enjoying the suspense.

The ooohs turned to groans when the 5 fell on the turn to give Yu a flush.

“Now I can win!” laughed Negreanu referring to his ace of spades, but the river bricked the Q to see Yu survive yet another all-in clash!

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Not Much of Anything

Hand #137

Winfred Yu shoved the button. It was 440,000 for the player’s in the blinds to call, but they wanted no part of it as Yu picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #138

Daniel Marton opened the button to 100,000 and only George Tsatsis would call out of the big blind. ON the 7 6 T flop, Tsatsis checked and it was on Marton, who bet 125,000. Tsatsis opted to get out of the way as Marton scooped up the pot.

Hand #139

Folded to George Tsatsis in the small blind, he raised it up to 125,000. Winfred Yu thought for a few moments from the big blind, then opted to let his cards go.

Hand #140

Folded to Winfred Yu in the small blind, he decided to give Daniel Marton a walk.

Hand #141

Once again folded around to the player in the small blind, this time Daniel Marton would give Daniel Negreanu a walk.

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Tsatsis surging

Hand #132

A raise to 115,000 from Daniel Negreanu collected the blinds and antes.

Hand #133

It was another pot for Daniel Negreanu. The action was unknown but we suspect it was a walk in the big blind.

Hand #134

Winfred Yu raised all in from the cutoff position and took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #135

Daniel Negreanu raised the button to100,000 before George Tsatsis three-bet to 240,000. Negreanu gave it up.

Hand #136

A raise from George Tsatsis to 125,000 on the button was met with a three-bet from Daniel Marton to 275,000. Tsatsis made the call and the flop landed 7 5 8.

Marton was first to speak and he sat motionless for fifteen seconds before betting 175,000. Tsatsis reached for raising chips and splashed 375,000 into the middle. Marton thought for a minute before laying his hand down.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
3,037,500
Players Left
4
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Kahle Burns Eliminated in 5th Place ($201,994)

Kahle Burns - 5th Place
Kahle Burns - 5th Place

Hand #131

Returning from the break and it really didn’t take long for the action to occur.

Local player Kahle Burns got all his chips in preflop holding Q J in the cutoff and had to come up against Daniel Negreanu’s A K, from the button.

Burns was up on his feet as the dealer spread out a T 8 3 flop. That gave Burns a straight sweat, while he still had outs to hit his pair.

Unfortunately for Burns the turn brought about a 6 and the river a T and just like that the young Aussie was sent home in 5th place.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
3,037,500
Players Left
4
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Flush for Tsatsis

Hand #126

An open to 105,000 from Daniel Marton was met with a three bet to 280,000 from Daniel Negreanu on the button. Marton didn’t muck around as he four-bet to 555,000 to put the pressure back on Negreanu.

Negreanu took another glance at his cards before giving it up.

Hand #127

Daniel Negreanu came in with a raise to 115,000 and that was good to collect the blinds and antes uncontested.

Hand #128

Daniel Negreanu raised once again to 115,000 but George Tsatsis pounded on him with another three-bet to 255,000. Negreanu didn’t offer any resistance as he tossed his cards into the muck.

Hand #129

Action folded to Kahle Burns in the small blind and he open-shoved all in. Daniel Negreanu squeezed his cards in the big blind but couldn’t find a call.

Hand #130

Action passed around the table to Daniel Negreanu in the small blind. He raised it up to what appeared to be 125,000 and George Tsatsis made the call in the big blind.

The flop landed 4 Q 7 and Negreanu led out for 130,000. Tsatsis called and the K hit the turn to put four hearts on board. Negreanu tapped the table and Tsatsis bet 275,000.

The river was the 7 and both players checked. Tsatsis tabled the ace-high flush while Negreanu said that he had two pair.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
2,430,000
Players Left
5
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Daniel Marton: From Pub Poker to the Big Leagues (Video)

Australian Daniel Marton got his start in poker in the pub leagues playing for fun but now he's at the final table of the inaugural WSOP Asia Pacific main event with a shot at $1 million.

Marton doesn't consider himself a poker pro but he also doesn't have a day job. Watch the video and decide for yourself.


Level
26
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25000/50000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
2,430,000
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5
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Tsatsis bets busy

Hand #121

A button raise to 120,000 from Daniel Negreanu on the first hand back from the break was enough to take down the blinds and antes uncontested.

Hand #122

As Daniel Negreanu reminded his opponents of the next pay jump, he opened with a raise to 115,000. George Tsatsis three-bet to 340,000 which drove out his opponents to take down the pot.

Hand #123

Daniel Negreanu opened once again to 115,000 and in an instant replay, George Tsatsis three-bet. The amount was unknown but it didn’t matter as the table quickly folded around.

Hand #124

George Tsatsis came in with a hefty raise to 145,000 from under the gun. The table folded around and it was another pot for Tsatsis.

Hand #125

Daniel Negreanu mixed things up with a limp from the small blind. George Tsatsis checked his option in the big blind and the flop landed 4 T 8. Both players checked and Negreanu’s bet on the A turn was enough to take it down.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
2,430,000
Players Left
5
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Play resumes

Play Resumes

The players are back in action with approximate chip counts as follows:

Daniel Negreanu – 5,475,000
George Tsatsis – 2,620,000
Daniel Marton – 2,345,000
Kahle Burns – 1,010,000
Winfred Yu – 710,000

The current blind level we are entering is Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000-chip ante.

Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
2,430,000
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5
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One before the break

Hand #120

On the last hand of the level, Kahle Burns jumped right back into the action with a raise to 80,000 from the button. Daniel Negreanu re-popped it to 190,000 from the small blind.

“Do you think I’m steaming?” chirped Burns as he again was forced to a decision. After a little banter was exchanged, Burns let his hand go.

Break

The players are now taking a fifteen-minute break.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,430,000
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5
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Massive Tank for Burns

Kahle Burns
Kahle Burns

Hand #119

Folded to Kahle Burns in the small blind, he raised it up to 90,000. Daniel Negreanu made the call from the big blind and the dealer spread out a J 9 6 flop. Burns led for 95,000 here and Negreanu called.

The turn was a 9 and Burns slid out a bet of 135,000. Negreanu didn’t hesitate for too long before making it 335,000.  Burns looked toward Negreanu a few times before calling the bet. The board completed with a K on the river and once again the action was on Burns. He would check and this time Negreanu would bet 540,000.

“I’m gonna need a moment for this,” said Burns as he leaned back in his chair.

Burns then asked the dealer to spread the pot. He studied the chips and the felt for quite a while before once again studying Negreanu. Burns cut out the chips to call, all the while trying to get a read from the stoic Negreanu.

By this point around five minutes had passed and the other two players at the table treated themselves to a stretch of their legs. Eventually Burns folded and Negreanu raked in the big pot.

Burns left himself with a little over a million in chips, while Negreanu continues to dominate the table.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,430,000
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5
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Burns splashing around

Hand #114

Action folded to Kahle Burns and he raised it up to 90,000 from the small blind. Daniel Negreanu defended his big blind to see a flop of 5 Q Q.

Burns led out with a bet of 75,000 but Negreanu gave it up.

Hand #115

Kahle Burns had the button and he opened to 80,000. Daniel Negreanu made the call in the small blind and the two saw a flop of T A 5.

Negreanu checked and Burns bet out for 90,000 to take it down flashing ace-king.

Hand #116

Kahle Burns opened for the third hand in a row to 80,000. George Tsatsis re-popped it to 180,000 from the small blind. Burns splashed out a call and took a 4 K 7 flop.

Tsatsis bet out 145,000 but Burns responded with a raise to 330,000. Action was back on Tsatsis and he made a quick call to see the T hit the turn. Check, check and the river produced the 8. Tsatsis cut down 260,000 and slid it into the middle. Burns considered the decision for a good minute before giving it up.

Hand #117

A raise to 80,000 from Kahle Burns got through the table to give the Aussie the blinds and antes.

Hand #118

Daniel Negreanu opened to 90,000 from under the gun and Kahle Burns called in the big blind to see a flop of 6 K 2. Burns checked and Negreanu bet out 110,000 to take it down.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,430,000
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5
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Sick Bluff From Marton

Daniel Marton is cruising
Daniel Marton is cruising

Hand #109

George Tsatsis made it 95,000 to go and the table folded around as Tsatsis picked up the blinds.

Hand #110

Folded to Kahle Burns on the button, he made it 80,000 to go. Both blinds folded and the pot went to Burns.

Hand #111

Kahle Burns raised it up to 80,000 from the cutoff and yet again the rest of the players folded.

Hand #112

George Tstatsis opened to 95,000 on the button. Winfred Yu was next to act from the small blind and would three-bet to 250,000. Daniel Marton was next to act, from the big blind, and would cold four-bet to 390,000. It was deemed that wasn’t enough to raise, with the minimum being 405,000. Marton put in the extra chips and it was on Tsatsis, who folded.

Onto Yu and he would take a few moments before letting his cards go.

As Marton raked in his chips, he tabled 7 4.

Hand #113

George Tsatsis opened the cutoff to 80,000. Nobody wanted to rumble as Tsatsis raked in the pot.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,430,000
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5
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Wu sticks it in

Hand #104

George Tsatsis opened with a raise to 105,000 from under the gun. The table folded around and Tsatsis took down the blinds.

Hand #105

Winfred Yu raised it up to 80,000 and collected the blinds and antes.

Hand #106

A raise to 80,000 from Kahle Burns in the cutoff was met with a call from George Tsatsis in the small blind. Winfred Yu folded his big blind and we were heads up to a flop of 4 7 6.

Tsatsis checked and Burns bet 95,000 into the middle. Tsatsis reached for chips and made the call to see the Q appear on the turn. Tsatsis tapped the table again with Burns happy to check behind to see the 7 complete the board on the river.

Tsatsis tossed out 125,000 which was met with a very quick fold from Burns as Tsatsis raked in a healthy pot.

Hand #107

In a change of pace, Winfred Yu limped in from the small blind. Daniel Marton was having none of it as he raised to 110,000 in the big blind. Yu made the call and the flop was spread 8 T Q.

Yu checked it over to Marton who paused for affect before betting out 85,000. Yu reached deep, cutting down his chips before declaring himself all in for a total of 815,000.

Marton thought long and hard but eventually let it go.

Hand #108

A raise from Daniel Negreanu was met with a call from Kahle Burns in the big blind. Negreanu tossed out a bet of what appeared to be 110,000 to take it down on the flop.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,430,000
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5
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Marton Moving on Up

Hand #99

Daniel Marton opened it up to 80,000 from the button and only Daniel Negreanu in the big blind would make the call. On the 7 A 9 flop, Negreanu checked and Marton bet 60,000. Negreanu quickly called and a 2 hit the turn.

Neagreanu once again checked and Marton bet 230,000. Back on Negreanu and he looked inquisitively at his cards and Marton before calling. The river was a 4 and this time Negreanu would bet, making it 540,000 to go.  Marton counted out his stack before making the call.

Negreanu tabled his 8 6 for a whole lot of not much, while Marton held A 2 for the win.

Hand #100

The one hundredth hand of the day would see Daniel Marton opened to 80,000 from the cutoff. All the players folded and Marton added a few more chips to his stack.

Hand #101

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 90,000 and the rest of the table got out of the way.

Hand #102

George Tsatsis opened the button to 110,000. Nobody wanted to play as the pot went to Tsatsis.

Hand #103

Winfred Yu opened the button to 85,000 and would be faced with a three-bet to 195,000 from Kahle Burns in the big blind. Yu thought about it for a few moments and then let his cards go.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,430,000
Players Left
5
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More for Negreanu

Hand #94

George Tsatsis came in with a raise to 90,000 from under the gun and the table folded around.

Hand #95

A raise to 80,000 from Daniel Marton was called by Daniel Negreanu in the small blind. The flop landed K K A and Negreanu check-called a bet from Marton before the turn 5 was checked by both players.

The river landed the T. Negreanu led out with a bet of 160,000 and Marton made the call, only to muck when Negreanu showed A Q.

Hand #96

Kahle Burns was first to enter the pot with a raise to 80,000, but George Tsatsis responded with a three-bet to 185,000 from the small blind. Burns made the call and the flop fell J Q 9.

Tsatsis led out for what appeared to be 170,000 which was enough to take it down.

Hand #97

Daniel Negreanu raised it up to 90,000 to go, with Daniel Marton toying with re-raise chips before eventually folding his big blind.

Hand #98

The action was again opened by Daniel Negreanu who raised to 90,000 from under the gun. Kahle Burns called in the big blind and the two took a flop of 7 5 8. Both checked to see the free T land on the turn. Burns checked again and Negreanu fired 120,000. Burns made the call.

The river was the A and Burns checked for a third time. Negreanu reached for chips and committed a healthy 420,000. Burns quickly released as Negreanu raked in another pot.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,430,000
Players Left
5
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First Five-Handed Hands

Hand #89

Folded around to Kahle Burns in the small blind, he limped. Daniel Negreanu, from the big blind, raised it up to 110,000 and Burns called.

The dealer spread out a 2 5 8 flop, which would see Negreanu lead for 160,000. Burns quickly folded and the pot went to Negreanu.

Hand #90

Folded to Daniel Negreanu in the small blind, he raised it up to 80,000. George Tsatsis, in the big blind, made it 180,000 to go and Negreanu folded.

Hand #91

Daniel Negreanu opened the button to 80,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #92

Kahle Burns opened it up to 80,000 from under the gun and scooped up the blinds and antes.

Hand #93

The action folded around to Daniel Marton in the small blind and he raised it up to 105,000. Kahle Burns folded the big blind and the pot was Marton’s.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,430,000
Players Left
5
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Benny Spindler eliminated in 6th place ($146,205)

Benny Spindler - 6th place
Benny Spindler - 6th place

Hand #88

Action folded to Benny Spindler who moved all in from the cutoff. Kahle Burns asked for a count and it was 535,000 in total. Burns leant back in his chair and made the call.

Burns: K J
Spindler: A T

The board ran out 9 9 K 4 6 to see Burns pair his king to eliminate Benny Spindler in 6th place for $146,205.

What did these guys have for dinner? Whatever it was, we like it, as there are now just five players remaining.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Players Left
5
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Mikel Habb Eliminated in 7th Place ($107,730)

Mikel Habb - 7th Place
Mikel Habb - 7th Place

Hand #87

Folded around to Mikel Habb on the button, he moved all in. Winfred Yu took a few moments before making the call and Habb was at risk.

Habb: T T
Yu: A Q

It was a race situation which would go the wrong way for Habb as a 3 2 A 2 6 board was spread on the felt. A great effort from the Melbourne local, Habb goes home with $107,730 for his effort.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
2,025,000
Players Left
6
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First Hand of New Level

Hand #86

The first hand of the next level (Level 25 - 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante) saw George Tsatsis opened it up to 80,000 from the cutoff, which was met with a call by Mikel Habb in the small blind. The dealer turned over a 5 6 T flop and Habb checked. Tsatsis bet 300,000 – which was enough to cover Habb. Eventually Habb folded his A K face up.

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
Players Left
7
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Tsatsis slides

Hand #83

Kahle Burns raised up the first hand back from the dinner break to 80,000 from the button.  George Tsatsis made the call and we went heads up to a flop of 3 7 K. Tsatsis checked to Burns who took it down with a bet of 85,000.

Hand #84

A raise to 60,000 from Daniel Negreanu was met with a call from George Tsatsis in the small blind. The flop landed 6 A 2 and Tsatsis checked, then folded to a continuation bet of 75,000 from Negreanu.

Hand #85

Daniel Negreanu opened with a raise to 70,000 and, for the third hand in a row, George Tsatsis got involved, but this time it was with a re-raise to 155,000. Negreanu came back with a four-bet to 315,000 and Tsatsis gave it up.

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
Players Left
7
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Aussie Businessman Mikel Habb Hunting $1m (Video)

Mikel Habb is only a recreational poker player but tonight he's got a shot at winning $1 million and the first ever World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event title.

We caught Habb on a break from the final table to talk about why he loves poker and what's so special about this inaugural event.


Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
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7
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Dinner Over, Play Resumes

The players are back from their dinner break and the cards are back in the air!

We are about to move up to Level 25, with blinds at 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000-chip ante, but first we have 4 minutes of the previous level remaining.

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
Players Left
7
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Counts at Dinner

Daniel Negreanu is still the leader
Daniel Negreanu is still the leader

Below is the players stack up at the dinner break.

Seat 1: George Tsatsis - 1,730,000
Seat 2: Benny Spindler - 625,000
Seat 3: Mikel Habb - 335,000
Seat 4: Winfred Yu - 1,015,000
Seat 5: Daniel Marton - 1,955,000
Seat 6: Kahle Burns - 1,865,000
Seat 7: Daniel Negreanu - 4,615,000

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
Players Left
7
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Kahle Shows Bluff Before Dinner

Hand #80

Daniel Marton opened it up to 60,000 from under the gun and received no action.

Hand #81

Kahle Burns opened it up to 60,000 from under the gun and (also) received no action.

Hand #81

Benny Spindler flicked out an open to 60,000 from the hijack. Kahle Burns, in the big blind, asked for a count and then made the call.

On the 9 T J flop, Burns led for 70,000. Spindler made the call and the dealer tabled an A on the turn. Burns led for 125,000 and it was on Spindler, who made the call. The river was a Q and this time Burns would take a long time before betting 205,000. Spindler went into the tank here, eventually folding.

As Burns raked in the pot, he showed 7 6 for a whole lot of nothing.

Hand #82

Benny Spindler opened it up to 60,000. From early position and picked up the blinds and antes.

Dinner Break

The players have now been sent on a 60-minute dinner break. 

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
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7
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Action slows

Hand #75

Mikel Habb moved all in for around 370,000 and took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #76

A raise for 75,000 from George Tsatsis collected the pot without any opposition.

Hand #77

Daniel Marton opened the action with a raise to 60,000 from the cutoff before Kahle Burns splashed out a re-raise to 135,000 on the button. Marton gave it up and Burns collected the pot.

Hand #78

Winfred Yu raised it to 65,000 before Daniel Negreanu three-bet to 145,000 on the button. Yu pondered the decision a few moments before folding as Negreanu flashed a king.

Hand #79

George Tsatsis had the button but it was Kahle Burns who came in with a raise to 60,000. The table folded around and Burns raked in the pot.

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
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7
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Spindler Getting Short

Hand #70

Folded around to Kahle Burns on the button, he raised it up to 60,000. All the players folded and the pot went to Burns.

Hand #71

Folded around to George Tsatsis in the small blind, he put in a raise. Benny Spindler called out of the big blind and the dealer turned over a A 8 3 flop. Tsatsis led for 85,000 here and Spindler studied his opponent before making it 200,000. Tsatsis called and the dealer turned over a 2.

Both Tsatsis and Spindler checked the turn and a 2 completed the board. Tsatis checked the river and it was on Spindler, who also checked. Tsatsis opened up his A 4 and Spindler mucked.

Hand #72

Daniel Marton opened it up to 60,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #73

George Tsatsis opened it up to 60,000 from the cutoff and Benny Spindler quickly moved all in from the button. It was a shove of around 800,000 and Tsatsis decided to get away from it.

Hand #74

George opened it up with a raise from the hijack and picked up the blinds and antes.

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
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Another double up for Yu

Hand #66

Kahle Burns raised to 60,000 from middle position and Benny Spindler made the call on the button. The blinds folded and the flop came 5 4 8. Burns was first to speak and he followed up with a continuation bet of 65,000. Spindler made the call.

The turn was the 2 and Burns checked it to Spindler who made it 130,000 to go. Burns thought for a few moments, glancing at his opponent before making a big check-raise to 520,000. Spindler gave it up as the young Aussie raked in the pot.

Hand #67

Daniel Negreanu raised it to 60,000 and took down the pot as the table folded around.

Hand #68

George Tsatsis came in with a raise to 70,000 and collected the pot without contest.

Hand #69

George Tsatsis upped the price to 80,000 this hand and found himself a customer in Benny Spindler, before Winfred Yu declared himself all in for 550,000. Tsatsis folded but Spindler made the call.

Yu: J J
Spindler: T T

The board was spread 6 K J 8 Q to see Yu land yet another double up. He’s up to around 1.1 million with Spindler now down to 900,000.

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
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7
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Double For Habb

Hand #63

Benny Spindler opened it up to 60,000 from under the gun and the rest of the table got out of the way.

Hand #64

Folded around to Kahle Burns, he opened it up to 60,000 from the cutoff. Everyone folded and Burns added the blinds and antes to his stack.

Hand #65

Folded around to Daniel Negreanu and he opened it up to 60,000. Mikel Habb then moved all in for an extra 160,000 from the big blind. Negreanu called and we had another player at risk.

Negreanu: T 9
Habb: Q J

The J 8 4 flop would give Habb a pair, while Negreanu had a straight draw. The 8 turn and T river were safe for Habb and just like that he had doubled up. 

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
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7
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Remarkable double for Winfred

Winfred survives
Winfred survives

Hand #60

With Daniel Negreanu moving around into the eight seat, he opened with a raise to 70,000 before Benny Spindler put in a three-bet to 160,000. Negreanu quickly folded and Spindler took it down.

Hand #61

Benny Spindler opened with a raise to 60,000 and the table folded around.

Hand #62

Action folded to Winfred Yu who moved all in for a total of 290,000. Daniel Negreanu made the call in the big blind.

Negreanu: 4 4
Yu: A 8

The flop was 4 T 3 to give Negreanu a set and leave Yu clinging to the hope of a runner-runner flush or straight.  The 2 was one of those cards to give everyone a sweat, and the room roared when the 5 appeared to complete the straight for Yu! He stays alive with a remarkable double up to around 600,000 with Negreanu still well in control with around 5 million chips. 

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
Players Left
7
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Russell Thomas Eliminated in 8th Place ($82,721)

Russell Thomas - 8th Place
Russell Thomas - 8th Place

Hand #59

George Tsatsis opened it up to 70,000 from the hijack. On Benny Spindler in the cutoff and he would stare down at Tsatsis’ stack before eventually folding. Russell Thomas, from the big blind, decided now was the time to move all in. Tsatsis immediately called and we had Thomas at risk.

Thomas: A T
Tsatsis: A J

It was looking likely that we would lose Thomas in 8th place and that was solidified by the time the dealer had spread out a 9 Q 8 2 3 board.

For his efforts, Thomas goes home with $82,721 and another WSOP final table to add to his resume.  

After more than three hours of play, we are finally down to seven players.    

We are now on a quick break as the table setup is tweaked. 

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,735,715
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More for Negreanu

Hand #56

Winfred Yu was under the gun plus one when he raised it up to 70,000. Daniel Marton made the called from middle position and so too did Daniel Negreanu from the button. The blinds folded and the dealer turned over a K 6 3 flop.

Yu led for 70,000 here and the action was on Marton, who made the call. Negreanu opted to raise to 180,000. Yu contemplated his decision, before folding. Back on Marton and he would make the call.

The turn was a K and both players checked. The final card on the board was a 6. Marton checked the river, while Negreanu took his time before betting 280,000. Marton called and then quickly mucked when Negreanu tabled his K J.

Hand #57

Folded to Benny Spindler in the small blind, he moved his big stack all in. Mikel Babb folded out of the big blind and that was that.

Hand #58

Daniel Marton opened to 60,000 and Kahle Burns quickly three-bet to 180,000. Back on Marton and he would re-raise an unspecified amount – but it didn’t matter anyway, because Burns folded instantly.

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Negreanu clips Burns

Hand #51

Back from the break and action was folded to Winfred Yu in the small blind. He announced himself all in with Russell Thomas quick to give up his big blind.

Hand #52

Benny Spindler opened with a raise to 60,000 which was good to take down the blinds and antes.

Hand #53

Action passed around the table to Daniel Marton who raised to 75,000 from the small blind. Kahle Burns gave it up in the big blind and Marton won the pot.

Hand #54

Winfred Yu moved all in for around 425,000 and took down the blinds and antes without resistance.

Hand #55

Kahle Burns raised it up to 60,000 on the button and Daniel Negreanu made the call in the small blind. They took a flop of K 2 5 and Negreanu checked to Burns who bet 65,000. Again Negreanu made the call.

The turn brought the 9 and it went check, check, as the 7 river landed. Negreanu led out for 110,000. Burns thought for some time before making the call but Negreanu showed K Q to take it down with top pair.

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Eight Are Back Again

One of eight will win this
One of eight will win this

The players are back from their break and ready to commence Level 24, which will see blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante.

We have yet to lose anyone today, with the eight players and their current approximate chip stacks seen below.

Seat 1: George Tsatsis – 1,250,000
Seat 2: Benny Spindler – 1,540,000
Seat 3: Mikel Habb – 320,000
Seat 4: Winfred Yu – 372,000
Seat 5: Russell Thomas – 477,000
Seat 6: Daniel Marton – 2,460,000
Seat 7: Kahle Burns – 1,490,000
Seat 8: Daniel Negreanu – 4,250,000

Level
24
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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More for Burns

Hand #48

Kahle Burns raised it up to 48,000 from the cutoff with Daniel Negreanu making the call to see a flop of K 9 2.

Burns fired a bet of 54,000 and Negreanu called to see the J appear on the turn. Burns checked and Negreanu splashed out a bet of 94,000. Burns quickly folded and Negreanu recovered a few chips.

Hand #49

Daniel Negreanu raised to 54,000 from the cutoff with George Tsatsis making the call on the button. Benny Spindler called in the small blind but Mikel Habb folded his big blind as the flop landed 5 J T.

Action checked to Tsatsis who bet 80,000. Spindler was the one to call as Negreanu stepped aside. The turn was the Q and Spindler checked it over to Tsatsis who let rip with another bet worth 160,000. Spindler thought for a few moments before releasing.

Hand #50

It’s been a grind but we’ve made it to the 50th hand of this final table. This hand saw Kahle Burns open to 48,000, with Benny Spindler making the call on the button. They went heads-up to a flop of Q A 5 and Burns bet 52,000. Spindler made the call and the 2 appeared on the turn.

This time Burns checked to Spindler who bet 96,000. Burns eyed his opponent before making the call with the 3 river completing the board. Burns checked again and Spindler thought before checking behind with what appeared to be king-jack but Burns took the pot with A 9.

Break

With that, the players are now going to take another fifteen-minute break.

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Nice One for Burns

Kahle Burns is chipping up
Kahle Burns is chipping up

Hand #43

Daniel Marton was under the gun when he raised it up to 50,000. From here, the action folded around to Russell Thomas in the big blind and he made the call.

The dealer turned over a Q 4 3 flop and Thomas checked to Marton, who bet 55,000. Thomas quickly folded and it was on to the next hand.

Hand #44

Folded to Benny Spindler in the cutoff, he raised it up to 48,000. Russell Thomas, from the small blind, moved all in. Spindler asked for a count and it was an additional 233,000 to call.

Spindler opted to fold and Thomas picked up the much-needed chips.

Hand #45

Daniel Negreanu opened it up to 54,000 and a flurry of cards went into the muck from all directions of the table. Negreanu told the table he had A-J.

Hand #46

Winfred Yu opened it up to 48,000 from the hijack and Russell Thomas moved all in on his direct left. Yu, with a similar short stack, decided to let his hand go.

Hand #47

Folded around to Kahle Burns on the button, he would raise it up to 48,000. Daniel Negreanu called out of the small blind, along with George Tsatsis in the big blind.

The dealer spread out a 6 J J flop and the play was checked to Burns, who bet 58,000. Negreanu eyed off his chips before calling, while Tsatsis folded. The turn brought about a Q and this time Negreanu would lead, making it 42,000. Burns called and a 6 completed the board on the river.

Negreanu would again lead on the river, betting 204,000. Burns instantly called and tabled his K J for trip jacks. Negreanu’s K Q went into the muck and the nice pot went to Burns. 

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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All in and chop

Kahle Burns
Kahle Burns

Hand #39

After a quick break, the players returned and gave George Tsatsis a walk on the first hand back.

Hand #40

Mikel Habb has been pretty tight on this final table, but he came in for a raise in this hand to 55,000 with George Tsatsis making the call out of the small blind. They saw a Q 9 4 flop and Tsatsis checked to Habb who instantly declared himself all in.

The total was 267,000 but Tsatsis decided to wait for a better spot.

Hand #41

Daniel Negreanu opened to a raise from the cutoff position and the table folded around. Negreanu flashed A K.

Hand #42

Russell Thomas open-shoved all in for around 330,000 before Kahle Burns woke up with a big hand and also declared himself all in.  Benny Spindler asked for a count of Burns’ stack which came in at 933,000. Spindler put his head in his hands before making a crying fold as the cards were on their backs.

Burns: A Q
Thomas: A Q

With Spindler saying he folded pocket tens, the board was spread 3 K A 8 9. Chop it up!

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Yu Plays it Strange

Hand #34

Kahle Burns opened it up to 50,000 and only Winfred Yu would call out of the big blind. The dealer flipped over a 3 5 A flop and Yu quickly checked. On Burns and he would flick out a continuation bet of 52,000. Yu made the call and a 2 landed on the turn.

Yu once again checked and this time Burns bet 81,000. Back on Yu and he fiddled with his short stack for quite a while before letting his cards go.

Hand #35

Folded around to Benny Spindler in the cutoff and he moved his big stack all in. Mikel Habb, Winfred Yu and Russell Thomas all folded there short stacks and Spindler raked in the small pot.

Hand #36

George Tsatsis was in the hijack when he opened it up to 50,000. The rest of the table folded and the blinds went to Tsatsis.

Hand #37

George Tsatis ope opned it up for the second hand in a row, this time making it 60,000 to go. He once again picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #38

Benny Spindler opened it up to 48,000 and Winfred Yu called  a couple of spots to Spindler’s left.

Spindler asked how much Yu had behind before both players checked the 9 Q A flop and a Q hit the turn. Both players once again checked and an 8 completed the board on the river. This time Spindler led for 62,000 and Yu readied some chips. Yu made it 162,000 to go – leaving himself with only a small amount more than 100,000 behind. Spindler looked confused before eventually folding. 

Five-Minute Break

The players are on a five-minute bathroom break. 

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Negreanu and Spindler tangle

Hand #31

The button was with Kahle Burns but it was Benny Spindler who came in with a raise to 48,000. Winfred Yu was quick to move all in for an additional 163,000. Spindler thought for a few moments, did some math and committed to the call.

Spindler: 8 9
Yu: A Q

The board ran out 5 T T J 4 and despite a bit of a sweat on the turn, the river bricked to hand Yu another valuable double up.  He’s up to around 450,000 as Spindler continues to slide.

Hand #32

Daniel Negreanu opened with a button raise to 54,000 with both blinds making the call to see a flop of A 4 5.  George Tsatsis checked the small blind and Benny Spindler checked from the big blind before Negreanu bet 74,000. Tsatsis folded but Spindler came along to see the 3 on the turn.

Spindler checked and Negreanu checked behind as the 2 put a straight on board.  Spindler decided to lead out with a huge bet of 475,000.

“I was going to do so many crazy things in this hand, and then you bet...” muttered Negreanu before tossing his cards into the muck.

Hand #33

“Oh Benny Spindler you’re fun to play with...not in a sucker kind of way!” laughed Daniel Negreanu before coming in for a preflop raise. The table folded around and Negreanu collected the blinds.

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Habb Finally Gets Involved

Hand #26

Daniel Marton opened it up to 50,000 from middle position and the action folded around to George Tsatsis in the cutoff, Tsatsis made it 135,000 and the play was folded back around to Marton. After a few moments, Marton four-bet to 190,000. Tsatsis made the call and the dealer flipped over a 4 T 5 flop.

Marton took his time before betting 315,000 here. Tsatsis folded fairly quickly and Marton scooped up the nice pot.

Hand #27

There was a misdeal as the button was in the wrong spot. Once the button was corrected and the cards were back in the air, the action folded around to Benny Spindler, who made it 48,000 to go. The players folded and the blinds and antes went to Spindler.

Hand #28

Benny Spindler once again opened the action with a raise to 48,000. All the players folded and more blinds and antes went Spindler’s way.

Hand #29

Mikel Habb, who hasn’t played a hand all day, opened it up to 70,000. The blinds and antes folded.

“Power!” said Habb as he raked in the pot.

Hand #30

Mikel Habb readied a bet once again, taking his time before folding. The action then flew around to the blinds and George Tsatsis received a walk. 

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Another big one for Negreanu

Hand #25

George Tsatsis had the button with Winfred Yu opening with a raise to 56,000. After some confusion with the new dealer, Daniel Negreanu made the call and the two took a J 2 8 flop.

Yu was first to act and he bet out for 80,000. Negreanu made the call with the 4 appearing on the turn. Yu thought for a long time before he checked, with Negreanu quickly checking behind.

The river brought the 3 and Yu checked to Negreanu who bet 204,000. Yu made the call but Negreanu tabled Q J for the backdoor flush to rake in yet another pot. Negreanu is up to around 4.5 million with Yu back in trouble with around 300,000.

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Back with Counts

The WSOP APAC Main Event final table
The WSOP APAC Main Event final table

Back to Play

The players are back from their break and ready to keep playing. We have not yet lost a player.

Below are the approximate chip stacks heading into Level 23 - blinds 12,000/24,000 and with a 4,000 ante.

Seat 1: George Tsatsis – 1,700,000
Seat 2: Benny Spindler – 1,900,000
Seat 3: Mikel Habb – 420,000
Seat 4: Winfred Yu – 640,000
Seat 5: Russell Thomas – 510,000
Seat 6: Daniel Marton – 2,000,000
Seat 7: Kahle Burns – 1,000,000
Seat 8: Daniel Negreanu – 4,100,000

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Another monster pot for Negreanu before break

Daniel Negreanu into the chip lead
Daniel Negreanu into the chip lead

Hand #24

Daniel Negreanu had the button but it was Kahle Burns who came in for a raise to 40,000. Negreanu called in position before Benny Spindler squeezed it up to 150,000 in the big blind. Burns folded but Negreanu made the call once again to see a flop of K 5 Q.

Spindler slowed down and checked it over to Negreanu who bet out 204,000. Spindler took his time before matching the bet as the J was an interesting card on the turn.

Spindler tapped the table again and Negreanu paused briefly before betting 444,000. Negreanu seemed to be putting the big chips to work, but Spindler was also wielding a big stack, and he made the call as our two chip leaders saw the 2 land on the river.

Spindler checked the river and Negreanu bet 604,000. Spindler looked pained by the decision as he asked Negreanu if he had king-queen.

“Do you have aces?” came the reply from Negreanu.

Spindler cut down calling chips and spent a few more minutes in the think tank before eventually finding a fold. Negreanu raked in the monster pot to extend his advantage of the top of the chip counts.

Break

The players are now taking their first fifteen-minute break of the day.

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Double Up for Yu

Hand #23

Benny Spindler opened up to 40,000 from under the gun and Winfred Yu responded by moving all in a couple of places to Spindler’s left. Spindler made the call and for the first time we had a player at risk.

Spindler: A Q
Yu: A K

The 7 K 3 flop hit the felt and the dealer paused for dramatic effect.

“What a flop, this is what poker is all about,” Daniel Negreanu said. “This is what fun is all about.”

Spindler had the flush draw, while Yu had hit a pair of kings to stay in front. By the time the 9 had hit the turn and the 9 had completed the board on the river, Yu had doubled up to around 500,000. 

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Negreanu applies the heat to Tsatsis

Hand #20

The button was with Winfred Yu but action folded to Russell Thomas in the small blind. He came in for a raise to 50,000, before Daniel Marton declared himself all in to put maximum pressure on the short stack. Thomas instantly folded and Marton raked in the pot.

Hand #21

Benny Spindler opened to 40,000 before Russell Thomas declared himself all in on the button. Spindler quickly released as Thomas collected some valuable chips.

Hand #22

Daniel Marton had the button but it was George Tsatsis who came in for an under-the-gun raise to 46,000. Daniel Negreanu defended his big blind and we would see a rare flop of T 9 Q.

Negreanu checked it over to Tsatsis who followed with a continuation bet worth 96,000. Negreanu looked across the dealer to his opponent before declaring a check-raise to 256,000. Tsatsis thought briefly before calling as a massive pot was already in the middle when the 2 was a relative brick on the turn.

Negreanu came out with a hefty 475,000-chip bet to give Tsatsis something to think about. He squirmed in his seat for some time before announcing a call.

There was already 1.6 million in the pot when the river landed the 7.  Negreanu fired a third barrel worth 950,000 to put the amateur to a huge test. Tsatsis gave it up with Negreanu flashing the J as he raked in the monster pot.

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Few Small Pot, Yu Shoving

Hand #15

Benny Spindler opened it up to 40,000 from under the gun and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #16

Winfred Yu quickly moved all in from under the gun plus one. Nobody wanted to rumble and so Yu picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #17

Kahle Burns opened to 40,000 from middle position and the action folded to Benny Spindler in the small blind and he three-bet to 140,000. Burns folded and Spindler took down the pot.

Hand #18

George Tsatsis opened the cutoff to 40,000 and the action folded to Winfred Yu in the big blind. Yu three-bet all in and it was an extra 193,000 for Tsatsis to call. Tsatsis opted to fold and some chips went to Yu.

Hand #19

Folded around to Benny Spindler, he opened it up to 40,000 from the cutoff. The blinds folded and he won the pot.

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Spindler still active

Hand #10

The button was with Benny Spindler and he opened with a raise to 40,000 to take down the pot uncontested.

Hand #11

Again it was Benny Spindler pushing the action with a raise to 40,000 from the cutoff position.  Russell Thomas this time put up some resistance by moving all in from the big blind. Spindler released and Thomas took it down.

Hand #12

Another raise to 40,000 from Benny Spindler was enough to take down the blinds and antes.

Hand #13

Russell Thomas had the button but the opening raise came from Daniel Negreanu to 44,000.  George Tsatsis three-bet to 96,000 next to speak, before the action folded to Mikel Habb. He gave Tsatsis the stare down, deliberating for a good minute before releasing as did Negreanu, as Tsatsis collected the pot.

Hand #14

A raise to 40,000 came from Russell Thomas in the cutoff, before Daniel Marton three-bet to 85,000 on the button. Thomas gave it up to give Marton the pot.

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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One for Kahle, One for Negreanu

Hand #6

Winfred Yu was the first to act, moving all in from early position. The players folded around and Yu added some chips to his stack.

Hand #7

Kahle Burns had the button when Winfred Yu opened it up to 48,000 from middle position. The action folded around to Daniel Negreanu in the small blind, and he looked up at Yu’s stack before making it 104,000. George Tsatsis was in the big blind and made the flat-call – this prompted Negreanu to stare at Tsatsis as the action was back on Yu, who let his cards go.

On the T T K flop, Negreanu announced his bet of 144,000. Tsatsis took a few moments before folding as Negreanu raked in the pot.

Hand #8

Russell Thomas opened it up to 40,000 from middle position and picked up the blinds.

Hand #9

Folded around to Kahle Burns, he raised it up to 40,000 from the hijack. Benny Spindler called out of the small blind, while Mikel Habb took his time out of the big blind before letting his cards go.

The dealer spread out a 7 4 8 flop and Spindler checked before Burns made it 44,000. Spindler called and the dealer turned over a 2 turn. Spindler checked again and this time Burns bet 88,000. Spindler flicked out a call and a 5 completed the board on the river.

Spindler opted to once again check, while Burns bet 136,000. Spindler opted to fold and Burns picked up the pot. 

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Spindler flexes his muscle early

Hand #1

The first hand started with a raise to 40,000 from Russell Thomas and a call in position on the button by George Tsatsis. The flop landed T 8 3.  Action checked to Tsatsis who bet 108,000 to take it down.

Hand #2

Benny Spindler raised to 40,000 on the button and Winfred Yu three-bet to what appeared to be 100,000 in the big blind.  Spindler came back with a four-bet to 1,000,000 which was enough to put Yu all in. Yu didn’t take long to give it up as Spindler’s aggression raked in an early pot.

Hand #3

A raise to 44,000 from Daniel Negreanu was met with a three-bet to 96,000 by Benny Spindler in the cutoff. The table folded around and our chip leader collected another pot.

Hand #4

Daniel Negreanu tried again next hand with an identical raise to 44,000. Action passed around the table and Negreanu took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #5

The table folded around and Kahle Burns received a walk in the big blind.

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Let's Go!

As expected, we have experienced a slight delay due to the television crew, but after an introduction from WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, the cards are now in the air!

There is approximately one hour, 10 minutes and 54 seconds left in the current level (22: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000-chip ante). It’s going to be a long day, but it will be worth it as by the end of the night, we will have a champion!

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Time to Crown the First-Ever WSOP APAC Main Event Champion

The WSOP APAC Main Event final table will be filmed
The WSOP APAC Main Event final table will be filmed

Today is the day! It all started last Thursday evening when 405 players took to the felt of the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia. Slowly they were whittled down one-by-one until only eight remained and by the time tonight is in the record books, there will be only one champion.

Who will walk away as the first-ever WSOP APAC Main Event champion, taking home the coveted gold bracelet and $1,038,825 to go along with it? Only time will tell, but we can tell you it will definitely be one of the players below.

WSOP APAC Main Event – Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: George Tsatsis (Australia) – 2,321,000
Seat 2: Benny Spindler (Germany) – 2,931,000
Seat 3: Mikel Habb (Australia) – 551,000
Seat 4: Winfred Yu (Hong Kong) – 367,000
Seat 5: Russell Thomas (USA) – 490,000
Seat 6: Daniel Marton (Australia) – 2,160,000
Seat 7: Kahle Burns (Australia) – 905,000
Seat 8: Daniel Negreanu (Canada) – 2,437,000

What can we say about George Tsatsis? Well, not a whole lot as it turns out.  The Australian doesn’t have any previous results to show on his tournament record so this is no doubt the biggest experience of his poker career to date.  Tsatsis has been with the chip leaders for several days so will be right in contention when the bracelet is to be awarded.

Our chip leader today is Germany’s Benny Spindler who is one of the most highly credentialed players on this final table. Spindler is the 2011 EPT London champ with over $3.6 million in career earnings that stretch across multiple countries and poker tours.  This will be Spindler’s first cash in the Asia Pacific region, with his big stack and aggressive game sure to make him one of the most feared opponents at the table today.

A polarizing figure in the Melbourne poker community, Mikel Habb makes his first major poker tournament final table appearance here at the WSOP APAC Main Event.  Habb is a regular in the poker room, reportedly crushing the local satellites having won around a dozen seats into the Aussie Millions Main Event earlier this year. Habb is well known for his colourful table talk, so we’re looking forward to see what he dishes up on this televised table.

Hailing from Hong Kong, Winfred Yu is an experienced tournament player with over $800,000 in tournament results on his resume. Yu’s largest result saw him finish third in a €100,000 High Roller in London last year, while he also has a 2nd place in APT Asian Series Macau Main Event. Yu is the short stack at the final table and will need to find some luck early to be in with a chance of winning the gold.

If there is one player who knows what it’s like to be on the stage of a WSOP Main Event final table, it’s Russell Thomas. Last October, Thomas finished 4th in the biggest tournament of the year, collecting $2,851,537. Today will see Thomas have a second chance of winning a WSOP Gold Bracelet, but with one of the short stacks, he will need to live up to his Twitter handle ‘RunGoodRussell’,to go all the way.

Daniel Marton is one of the four locals in today’s field, entering as one of the big stack after a strong performance on Day 4 yesterday.  Marton has three previous results to his credit, all from Sydney, with the largest coming with a 3rd place result in the $5k Challenge at the 2012 Sydney Poker Championships for a AU$22,800 score. Marton portrays a steely resolve at the table, hiding behind reflective sunglasses and showing little emotion, but once the cards were packed up last night, Marton was as excited as anyone to be on the TV table this afternoon.

The youngest at the final table, Kahle Burns, hails from right here in Melbourne and will be looking to win the big one for the locals. Often seen grinding the cash games in the Crown Poker Room, regardless of what happens today, this is already Burns’ largest tournament cash to date. We expect to see a big rail cheering on Burns throughout today’s action.

The man that poker fans will have their eyes from all around the world is Daniel Negreanu. This poker icon is one of the most liked players of all time, with his charismatic persona only equalled by his tournament results. Negreanu has already been on a WSOP final table this week, finishing in 4th place in the $2,200 Mixed Event. Negreanu already has four WSOP Gold Bracelets and will be looking to make it his fifth today.

All the action is set to kick off at 2.00 p.m. local time, but with the final table set to be filmed for television, don’t be surprised if we are a touch behind schedule.

The PokerListings Live Reporting Team will be here all day providing hand-for-hand coverage, while there will also be a live video stream of the final table, with thanks to 888poker. Enjoy!

Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
1,518,750
Players Left
8
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Event Name $10,000 Main Event
Venue Crown Casino, Melbourne
Date 11 April 2013
Final Day 15 April 2013
Buy In AU$10,000
Entrants 405
Prize Pool AU$3,847,500
First Prize AU$1,038,825
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 50/100
Level 2 0 100/200
Level 3 0 150/300
Level 4 25 150/300
Level 5 50 200/400
Level 6 50 250/500
Level 7 75 300/600
Level 8 100 400/800
Level 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 200 600/1200
Level 11 200 800/1600
Level 12 300 1000/2000
Level 13 400 1200/2400
Level 14 500 1500/3000
Level 15 500 2000/4000
Level 16 500 2500/5000
Level 17 1000 3000/6000
Level 18 1000 4000/8000
Level 19 1000 5000/10000
Level 20 2000 6000/12000
Level 21 2000 8000/16000
Level 22 3000 10000/20000
Level 23 4000 12000/24000
Level 24 5000 15000/30000
Level 25 5000 20000/40000
Level 26 10000 25000/50000
Level 27 10000 30000/60000
Level 28 10000 40000/80000
Level 29 10000 50000/100000
Level 30 15000 60000/120000
Level 31 20000 80000/160000
Level 32 30000 100000/200000
Level 33 30000 120000/240000
Level 34 40000 150000/300000

Daniel Negreanu
wins
AU$1,038,825

$10,000 Main Event

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Daniel Negreanu AU$1,038,825
2. Daniel Marton AU$637,911
3. Winfred Yu AU$423,225
4. George Tsatsis AU$284,715
5. Kahle Burns AU$201,994
6. Benny Spindler AU$146,205
7. Mikel Habb AU$107,730
8. Russell Thomas AU$82,721
9. Antonio Esfandiari AU$65,408
10. Jordan Westmorland AU$65,408