Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of Event 2: AU$2,200 No-Limit Hold'em has come to an end at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific with 10 players still eyeing their shot at capturing the second gold bracelet of the series.
31 players began the day with just a few eliminations needed until 24 players were guaranteed a AU$3,969 payday. Andrew Hinrichsen, Jeff Gross and Kitty Kuo all found themselves on the rail before Steven Zhou moved all in holding and was called by Aik-Chuan Nee and his . Unfortunately for Zhou, the board ran out to ensure Zhou earned the title of bubble boy.
From there, Russell Thomas (24th), Najeem Ajez (21st), Tien Pham (14th), Tim O'Shea (13th) and Dan Heimiller (11th) all fell short of reaching the unofficial final table of 10 before the health concern of Nee would halt play for the evening with the final 10 sitting as follows:
Play will resume Monday at 12:10 p.m. local time upstairs in Studio 3 with the PokerNews Live Reporting Team providing continuous live updates of all the final table action as we play down until the Event 2: AU$2,200 No-Limit Hold'em Champion is crowned live from Crown Melbourne and the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific.
In an unusual twist, the tournament has concluded for the night following Aik-Chuan Nee feeling under the weather.
We're not sure for how long previously, but since the unofficial final table began, Nee has been feeling quite sick and complained of anxiety with symptoms including a tight chest.
WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel was called over and announced that paramedics were on the way, but if the players preferred, they could end play for the evening before returning tomorrow to play down to a winner.
All the players seemed to have a soft spot for Nee's conditions and decide to conclude play for the evening so that Nee could get the medical help he needed while leaving 21:37 on the clock leading up to dinner break.
With Nee currently being attended to and looking rather uncomfortable, the call for chip bags have been made.
The action started with Luke Spano opening to 6,000 from under the gun. Peco Stojanovski made the call from the hijack before Sam Ngai bumped it up to 16,000 from the big blind. Spano thought for over a minute before finally releasing his hand. Stojanovski quickly made the call and both players watched the flop come down .
Ngai reached for his chips and slid out 26,000. This time Stojanovski took his time before making the call as the fell on the turn. Ngai sat motionless before announcing all in for his last 66,000 in chips. Stojanovski’s cards flew straight into the muck as he relinquished the pot.
After finishing 22nd in the first event of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, George Danzer overtook Brandon Shack-Harris as the WSOP Player of the Year leader. Shack-Harris also finished in the money in that event, but he only managed a min-cash and is currently 1.7 points behind Danzer.
Daniel Negreanu currently sits fourth with 519.08 points, but he hasn't been able to put anything together through three events so far. Fortunately for him, there's still seven events to go, plus some bigger buy-ins that the reigning Player of the Year could make some noise in.
Last year, Negreanu became the first player to win the WSOP Player of the Year award twice, and he could make it a three-time accomplishment if he goes back to back this year.
Other notables who have made the trip Down Under that could factor into the race are Richard Ashby (413.55 points), Ismael Bojang (354.53 points), Phil Hellmuth (330.1 points), and Jeff Madsen (228.1 points).
Bruno Politano, who made this year's WSOP November Nine, has also made the trip and he has the potential to make things very interesting if he's able to put together a couple of results here in Melbourne. You see, the winner of the WSOP Main Event will earn 500 Player of the Year points, so if somehow Politano were to rack up 300 or so at this festival, the race could really come down to the wire.
The winner will receive a $10,000 seat into the 2015 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, and that's a prize that could potentially be worth millions of dollars.
WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel just gave the remaining 10 players the option to decide the course of play for the evening.
Knowing that they had to play down to nine - baring the hard stop rule enforcement - the players were given the option to either end play once the final nine were reached or to continue playing until potentially just five or six remained.
Players decided that they wanted to end once the final table was reached, and for the time being, play will conclude once we lose one more player.
Following the elimination of Dan Heimiller, we are now down to the final ten players to leave us at the unofficial final table.
Play will continue until we lose one more player.
From under the gun, Dan Heimiller moved all in for 33,000, and with the action on Martin Kozlov next to act, he announced he was all in for roughly 110,000.
With Heimiller racing for his tournament life, the flop put Kozlov in front but gave Heimiller outs to a jack, ten or heart.
Unfortunately for the two-time WSOP bracelet winner, the turn and river landed the and to end his tournament in 11th place.