Sunday marked the 12th day of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific schedule, and it was a special one in poker history.
For the third time this year, George Danzer won a WSOP gold bracelet. Doing so, he became the first player to accomplish the feat since Jeff Lisandro did it in 2009 and the sixth player in history. Danzer joins exclusive company that includes Lisandro (2009), Phil Ivey (2002), Phil Hellmuth (1993), Ted Forrest (1993), and Puggy Pearson (1973) as the only other players to achieve this feat.
The AU$5,000 8-Game Mixed event came to a conclusion with George Danzer joining elite company in winning his third bracelet of the year after overcoming a field of 48 players to take home the AU$84,600 first prize.
It would be Danzer out the gate early as he ran his short stack up into the chip lead after doubling through Scott Clements numerous times before 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel claimed the chip lead. It would take roughly three hours until the first player was lost, and in a matter of five hands action was heads-up for the bracelet.
Sam Khouiss was flushed out in sixth place, and Tino Lechich fell the next hand in fifth when his pair, straight, and low draws couldn't get there against Duhamel, who rivered two pair.
Ismael Bojang — who was recording history's all-time best 13th WSOP cash this year — would fall in fourth two hands later after getting caught in a monster pot against both Duhamel and Clements in 2-7 triple draw, then a crippled Duhamel fell next in third as Danzer made an eight-six.
With Danzer holding the chip lead, it would be Clements making the move early as he evened the stacks before taking the lead. However, Danzer would find a huge double when his connected on a flop against Clements' . The turn and river blanked out, and Danzer doubled into little more than a 6-1 advantage.
From there, Clements managed to grind it out to eventually snatch the lead back before Danzer started applying the pressure to get things back in his favor. At time went on, Danzer worked out an 11-1 advantage before the final hand played out.
On the first hand of a no-limit hold'em orbit, Clements shoved in nine big blinds with the and was called by Danzer's . The German connected with a ten on the flop, and just like that, Clements was headed to the rail in second place — his fourth runner-up finish in a WSOP event.
Final Table Results
Without doubt, Danzer is having an amazing poker year. With his victory in this event, he takes a 116.8-point lead (923.5 total points) over Brandon Shack-Harris into the final qualifying events of the WSOP Player of the Year race.
The 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event kicked off on Sunday with Day 1a action. Over 125 players have taken to the felt, and you can follow live updates straight from the tournament floor by clicking here.
Upon the completion of the first six levels on the structure sheet, a day's recap will be added right here.