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Phil Ivey Wins His Ninth WSOP Bracelet at 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific

Phil Ivey

Event #3 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, the $2,200 Mixed Event, is now completed and it is Phil Ivey who the champion. Ivey’s victory netted him $51,840 but also his ninth WSOP bracelet.

WSOP-APAC Event #3 Final Table

1Graeme Putt36,400
2Daniel Negreanu129,000
3Phil Ivey144,300
4Rob Campbell42,600
5Brandon Wong86,100
6Kevin Song49,600

It took just 21 hands at the final table before the first player lost his chips and was eliminated in sixth place. During a Pot Limit Omaha round, Graeme Putt opened to 3,200 and found callers in the shape of Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Wong (small blind) and Kevin Song (big blind). The {7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop saw Wong check, Song bet 11,000 and both Putt and Negreanu fold. Wong was not done though, he raised to 45,800. Song called.

The turn was the {6-Diamonds}, Wong pushed all in for around 21,000 and Song called, turning over {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} in the process. Song had flopped two pair but the {10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{6-Clubs} of Wong had completed a straight. The {4-Clubs} river was no help to Song and he exited in sixth place, good for AU$8,978.

Fourteen hands later and Rob Campbell lost his chips and headed to the cashier’s cage to collect fifth place money. Play had switched to Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo and Campbell was having a torrid time at the felt. His demise was completed when he brought in with the {2-Diamonds} on show, Wong completed and both Putt and Ivey called. Campbell put himself all in for 1,100 chips in total.

Wong led out on fourth street and only Ivey called. Fifth street saw Wong check-call and Ivey bet and then the active duo checked sixth and seventh street. Wong tabled {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{3-Clubs} and both Ivey and Campbell mucked their holdings.

Pot Limit Omaha claimed itself another victim, that victim being the Team PokerStars Pro Negreanu. On hand 68 of the final table, Negreanu opened to 4,500 only to see Wong three-bet to 14,500. Negreanu called and the duo shared a {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop. Wong continued his story with an 18,500 bet and Negreanu called. This prompted the dealer to put the turn card into view, which was the {7-Spades}. Wong kept the pedal to the metal and he put Negreanu all in. The Canadian called and the cards were flipped onto their backs.

Wong: {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds} for top two pair
Negreanu: {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} for flush and straight draws.

None of the possible draws hit on the river, the {4-Diamonds} and Negreanu’s dreams of winning his fifth bracelet will have to be put on hold until at least the WSOP-APAC Main Event.

Some time passed before Putt’s valiant attempts to win a piece of poker jewellery were quashed. During a Seven Card Stud round, Ivey brought in with the {4-Hearts}, Wng completed and Putt raised. Ivey fooded and Wong called. Putt upped his aggression with bets on fourth and fifth street before being all-in on sixth. Wong called and the cards were revealed.

Wong: {5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} – for the wheel straight
Putt: {Q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{K-Hearts}{3-Clubs} – for a pair of kings.

Putt’s third place finish bagged him AU$22,427 in addition to the AU$41,610 he won for finishing sixth in the Accumulator tournament earlier in the week.

Putt’s exit left Wong (256,000) and Ivey (230,000) to battle it out for the title. It was a heads-up match that spanned 178 thrilling hands. The final hand, and the 327th of the final table, took place during a 2-7 Triple draw round and saw Won limp from the button to be all in for his last remaining 10,000 chips. Both Wong and Ivey drew two cards before Ivey stood pat during the next two draws.

This was the complete opposite to Wong who drew two cards and then two again. Ivey showed {10-}{9-}{8-}{3-}{2-} and Wong the {7-}{6-}{3-}{4-}{Q-} to bust Wong in second place and leave Ivey to be declared champion of WSOP-APAC Event #3.

WSOP-APAC Event #3 Final Table Results

RankPlayerPrize (AUD)
1thPhil Ivey$51,840
2ndBrandon Wong$32,039
3rdGraeme Putt$22,427
4thDaniel Negreanu$16,336
5thRob Campbell$12,020
6thKevin Song$8,978

Amazingly, all of Ivey’s nine bracelets have come in non-Hold’em events. Can he get one on his wrist from Hold’em in the WSOP-APAC Main Event or this summer in Las Vegas?

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