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2013 WSOP Asia Pacific Event #2 Day 1: Andrew Gaw Leads With 29 Remaining


The second bracelet event of the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific began Sunday at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The AUD$1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha event attracted 172 players, creating a prize pool of AUD$258,000, and after eight levels of play on Day 1 only 29 players were left competing for the AUD$69,662 top prize.

Andrew Gaw will be the frontrunner when play resumes on Sunday. Gaw bagged 69,800 in chips early Monday morning when play came to a close. Among the notables chasing Gaw on Monday will be Dan Shak, Marvin Rettenmaier, Joe Hachem, Sam Trickett and Mike Leah.

Event #2 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Andrew Gaw69,800
2Bekhaled Kanel67,300
3Ben Mclean59,600
4Berenice Fraser48,600
5Bruno Portaro43,100
6Daniel Shak42,900
7Danny Huynh35,200
8Dean Yuen34,400
9George Bleazeski30,600
10Ivan Zalac27,600

Gaw's biggest pot came courtesy of Rettenmaier late in the day. According to, the two players saw a flop of {K-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts} with one player already all in. Rettenmaier bet 3,825, and Gaw called to see the {5-Hearts} fall on the turn. Rettenmaier fired again, this time for 8,225, and Gaw opted to move all in for an additional 2,525. Rettenmaier called, and the hands were revealed:

Short stack: {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}{J-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Gaw: {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}
Rettenmaier: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}

Gaw was out in front with a flush and his hand held up through the {6-Clubs} river. He finished the day barely ahead of Aussie player Antonis Kambouroglou, known as "Toothpick Tony" Down Under.

Eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey made his WSOP-APAC debut in Event #2, but was unable to survive the day. Ivey arrived minutes before registration closed, and his day ended just hours later when he got his short stack in with {5-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} on a flop of {7-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. While his ace-king high was in front of his opponent's {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Spades}, the {10-Spades} on the river completed the other player's flush to send Ivey packing.

Also hitting the rail on Day 1 were Daniel Negreanu, Benny Spindler, JC Tran, Nam Le and Erik Seidel.

Day 2 will begin at 12 p.m. local time on Monday and won't end until a final table is reached. Stay tuned to for a full recap at the conclusion of play.

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