The 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific continued Friday evening with the Day 1c flight from Event #1 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator. The flight attracted 187 players – which meant with Day 1a’s 197 players and Day 1b’s 227 – the total field unofficially stands at 611 entries.
Day 1b had taken place earlier in the day, and WSOP bracelet winner Dan Heimiller finished as the chip leader among the surviving 33 players with a stack of 50,700, which was slightly more than Peter Longmore, who finished the surviving 31 Day 1c players as chip leader with 43,875. However, both of those players trail the Day 1a chip leader, Scott Clements, who bagged an impressive 76,575.
Top Ten Combined Day 1b & 1c Chip Counts
Heimiller late registered the event, and he took a slow and steady approach to the tournament before catching a heater in the last level of the night. In one hand, he opened for 1,100 from the button and then called when Australian Bruno Portaro three-bet to 3,400 from the big blind. Both players checked the flop, and then Portaro check-called a bet of 4,000 on the turn. When the completed the board on the river, meaning a queen would make Broadway, Portaro led out for 5,500 and Heimiller shifted in his chair.
The WSOP bracelet winner began talking to himself, shrugged, and then dropped in a call. A deflated Portaro tabled the , and Heimiller proudly rolled over the for the win.
The second starting flight saw many returning players, many of who were destined to experience elimination déjà vu. Among those who tried and failed on both Day 1a and 1b were 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth; 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess; Australia’s own Jackie Glazier; reigning Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer; “Lady Maverick” Vanessa Rousso; and 2010 WSOP champ Jonathan Duhamel.
Duhamel actually fell in Level 8 (200/400/50) in one of the last hands of the night. It happened when the Canadian shoved all in for his last 5,500 or so and cleared the field all the way around to Mitchell Farrell, who called from the big blind.
Farrell had woken up with the granddaddy of all hands, but Duhamel got a bit of luck when the flop came down . Unfortunately for him, his lead was short lived as the dealer burned and turned the . The river had no effect on the hand, and Farrell sent Duhamel home just shy of taking a stack to Day 2. He’d try again in the Day 1c flight, but fell short there too.
While dozens fell, plenty of notables managed to bag on Day 1b including Piyush Gupta (47,500), David Bowen (45,325), Jeff Madsen (35,800), Giacomo Fundaro (23,650), Ismael Bojang (21,525), and Antonio Esfandiari (13,850).
Day 1c was the last chance for players to accumulate chips for Day 2, and three players who were in action were the three players atop the 2014 WSOP Player of Player leader board — Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Shack-Harris, and George Danzer. Negreanu busted early, while both Shack-Harris and Danzer made deep runs. Shack-Harris was actually in desperate need of keeping pace with Danzer, who had already advanced to Day 2 after bagging up 24,625 in the first starting flight.
Danzer ultimately fell before the end of the night, but Shack-Harris managed to survive, albeit with a short stack of 6,925. Regardless, there could be some major WSOP POY implications if either player is able to make the money on Day 2.
Peter Longmore got some of his chips in Level 7 (150/300/25) when Stephen Lindeblad raised to 600 and got two callers before the action reached Longmore. The latter three-bet quite large to 3,100 and only Lindeblad went along to see the flop of . Longmore bet 4,000 and had another 6,800 behind, which caused Lindeblad to move all in. Longmore called quickly and both turned over their cards:
It was a cooler for Lindeblad and he failed to improve on the turn and the river. With that, Longmore doubled and was on his way to capturing the chip lead.
Of course not everyone was so fortunate. Among those to fall on Day 1c were Tam Truong, Graeme Putt, Tino Lechich, Ray Henson, Barer, Jeff Gross, and Hellmuth.
While many fell, a strong list of players made it through the minefield. They include Thomas Gleeson (32,500), Rory Young (32,425), Mike Watson (21,450), Oliver Gill (10,475) and Yaxi Zhu (9,550).
The Day 1c survivors will join those from the first two starting flights on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. local time for Day 2 action. During that time the players will make the money as they look to play down to the final table of nine. Of course PokerNews will be providing updates the entire way, so be sure to check back then.