Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
The 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific kicked off on Thursday with the first of ten gold bracelet events. Day 1a of Event #1 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator – a tournament that allows players to take through any and all stacks they accumulate in the three starting flights – attracted 197 entries, but after eight one-hour levels of play, just 30 remained with Scott Clements and his stack of 76,575 leading the way.
“The only thing I remember is I fell asleep at the table and had a dream. That’s how tired I am,” Clements replied when asked to describe his Day 1a.
In fact, Clements managed to get a good deal of his stack when he clashed with Dylan Honeyman in the last level of the night. To make a long story short, Clements flopped a straight and Honeyman top pair. The two got it all in, and Honeyman found himself on the rail while Clements established himself as the clear chip leader.
“I had a lot of chips before then, but more after that. That was the big hand,” added Clements, who also revealed he doesn’t plan to play the other starting flights.
The opening event of the 2014 WSOP APAC attracted a mix of local players and establish pros, including 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess. The Michigan native was seated at the feature table most of the day, but fell at the tail end of Level 6 (100/200/25) when action folded to him in the small blind. Riess raised to 600, and Australia's Jonathan "xMONSTERxDONGx" Karamalikis pushed back with a three-bet to 1,400 from the big blind. Riess responded by four-betting all in for right around 5,000, and Karamalikis wasted little time in making the call.
It was a classic flip, but Riess needed to improve to stay alive. The flop did little for him, while the delivered him a gutshot straight draw. The dealer burned one last time and put out the , a blank for Riess. Karamalikis, who finished runner-up in the same event last year, went on to bag up 30,900.
Others who failed to survive Day 1a included Phil Hellmuth, Kitty Kuo, Bruno Potaro, Mohsin Charania, [Removed:17], Jackie Glazier, Jonathan Duhamel, Russell Thomas, Mike Leah, Vanessa Rousso, and Ami Barer.
While many fell, a few notables managed to advance to Day 2 including WSOP Player of the Year contender George Danzer (24,625), Samantha Cohen (19,550), Didier Guerin (15,900), and Gary Benson (14,400), though all are behind the chip leader by a considerable margin. For more on Clements’ Day 1a run, listen to the PokerNews Impromptu he did late in the tournament:
The 2014 WSOP APAC will continue on Friday with two more starting flights from Event #1 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator. Day 1b will kick off at 12:10 p.m. local time with Day 1c following later that evening at 6:10 p.m. Of course PokerNews will be providing updates from both, so be sure to check back then.
Two-times bracelet winner George Danzer has been sitting on a short stack for most of the day, yet the late rush hour saw the German increase his stack to above average. Latest example had Danzer calling a raise to see the heads-up flop of and his opponent bet 3,700 into a pot of 3,000 with as much behind.
Danzer gave it some thought and then moved all in to enforce a fold.
The tournament staff has paused the clock with 10 minutes left in the level and announced that each table will play out seven more hands before the surviving players bag and tag for the night.
George Danzer raised to 900 and then called a short-stack player's shove with the . Danzer's opponent had the .
The flop, turn, and river ran out to give Danzer the win and move him to 20,000 in chips.
The action folded to Mark Betts in the small blind and he moved all in for what looked like 7,400 in chips. Jonathan Karamalikis one seat over didn't have to think about his decision for long and made the call, flipping over the .
Betts needed an ace or a miracle via straight in order to survive. He did pick up a gutshot straight draw on the turn, however the river was a brick and Betts was beat.
We're not sure how the action unfolded, but we do know that Wei Lin Lo got his last 6,000 or so all in preflop from the small blind and was in dire straits against Henry Szmelcer in the big.
It appeared Lo had picked the wrong time to shove, but he got a big sweat when the flop delivered him an open-ended straight flush draw. the turn didn't complete it, but as you've no doubt figured out from the title, the river did.
The entire table, including Szmelcer but especially Lo, seemed flabbergasted by the hand, and Lo summed it all up by revealing that it was the first time he'd ever made a straight flush.
Scott Clements is absolutely annihilating Day 1a. He just won two pots off of Dylan Honeyman, and the second one was the biggest clash of the tournament thus far.
On the first hand, Clements' river bet of 3,400 on the was paid off by Honeyman. Clements held the for a backdoor flush, and Honeyman mucked his hand to leave himself with around 25,000 in chips.
On the very next hand, action folded to Clements in the small blind, and he completed the bet. Honeyman was in the big blind and raised to 1,400. Clements called, and the two players saw the flop come down . After Clements checked, Honeyman bet 1,600. Clements check-raised to 4,400, and Honeyman called.
The was added on the turn, and Clements bet 9,700. With 18,025 behind, Honeyman tank-shoved. Clements snapped with the for a flopped straight, crushing the that Honeyman held. The river completed the board with the meaningless , and Honeyman was sent packing.
Clements pulled in the pot and moved up to just about 75,000 in chips with 30 minutes left in the day.
Kahle Burns defended his big blind against a raise in middle position and checked the flop. On the turn, Kahle donkbet and did so again on the river. His opponent put him all in after the final community card and Kahle snap-called after having flopped a full house with the .
It was pretty much the worst river card for the opponent though, because the initial raiser held and rivered the inferior full house.